Tax FAQ's

Have my taxes been paid?

You can verify using our Collector-Appraiser Tax Search (CATSSYS) on the web or contact our office at 352-754-4180.

Where do I send my tax payment, and to whom do I make the check payable?

Make checks payable to:

Hernando County Tax Collector

Mail payments to:

Hernando County Tax Collector

Hernando County Government Center

20 North Main Street, Room 112

Brooksville, FL 34601

 

How can I verify ownership?

Use our Tax Search option. Our records will reflect the latest tax roll information; recent changes of ownership will not appear.

I didn't get my bill, what should I do?

First verify the mailing address. Bills are mailed to the address on the tax roll we receive from the Property Appraiser's office. Call our office and we will gladly mail you the duplicate or you can locate your parcel on this site using our Tax Search and download your bill. Write your property key number on your check and submit payment to any one of our offices.

Where can I pay my taxes?

Current and delinquent taxes are accepted at two of our three Hernando County Tax Collector's offices.

Will I get the discount if the discount period ends on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday?

When a discount period ends on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the discount period shall be extended to the next working day, if payment is delivered to a designated collection office of the tax collector. For current tax year payments that are mailed, the post mark will determine the discount period. Delinquent taxes must be received in the office by the last working day of the month, unless otherwise indicated.

How can I acquire ownership of property through delinquent taxes?

If you hold a tax certificate that is 2 years old, you can initiate the Tax Deed sale. However, that does not guarantee you get the property. The Tax Deed will be issued by the Clerk of the Court to the highest cash bidder at public auction. If there are no other bids, the property is awarded to the applicant. The opening bid consists of all delinquent taxes, fees & interest paid by the applicant to initiate the sale. The opening bid on property assessed on the latest tax roll as homestead, shall include 1/2 of the latest assessed value of the homestead property in addition to the amount of money required for the opening bid. Tax Deed auctions are advertised in the local newspaper for 4 weeks prior to the sale date. For more information, refer to the Hernando County Clerk of the Court Website.

Can I make a partial payment on my taxes if I'm not on installments?

No. Taxes must be paid in full by March 31st. You may sign up for installment payments for the following years taxes by May 1.

How do I find out what exemptions I might qualify for?

The Hernando County Property Appraiser's website has information on the different exemptions and eligibility requirements. In addition, you may contact them at 352-754-4190.

Do you take credit cards?

Yes, both online and at our  Main Office and West Side locations. There is a 2.5% processing fee that is added to all credit card payments. This is a fee assessed by a third -party secure processor. The Tax Collector's Office does not retain any of this fee. This fee will be shown on your bank statement or credit card statement as a separate transaction.

Do you honor post-marked mail for current tax payments?

Yes, the postmark will be used to determine date of payment for current taxes paid during the discount period.

If I am late paying my taxes, will my name be in the paper?

Yes, parcels on which taxes have not been paid in full will be included on the Delinquent Tax list.

If I've sold property, when will the tax roll reflect this change?

After a properly completed deed changing the ownership of a parcel is recorded with the Hernando County Clerk of the Court, the Property Appraiser's office will change the ownership on the rolls and the Tax Collector's record will then reflect the change after the next update .

When are tax bills mailed?

The annual tax bills are mailed on the last day of October each year and collection of taxes begins as of November 01 of each year. Anyone who has not received a tax bill by the 15th of November, can contact the Tax Collector's office for a duplicate or download one on-line.
Taxpayers on the Quarterly Payment Plan will receive bills the first of June, September, December and March.

 

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