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.
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.
Do you take credit cards?
Yes, both online and at our Main Office and Spring Hill Branch locations. There is a $2 or 2.5% processing fee that is added to all credit card payments. This office does not collect or retain any portion of this fee. Our third-party vendor, PaymentExpress® charges this fee. The fee is collected and divided between the credit card companies and PaymentExpress®, who processes the transactions
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.
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 Property Tax Search, Bills and Receipts and download your bill. Write your property key number on your check and submit by mail to:
Hernando County Tax Collector
20 N. Main Street, Rm. 112
Brooksville, FL 34601
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.
Section 197.222, Florida Statutes, allows an alternative plan for payment of property taxes. A taxpayer who elects to pay taxes by the installment method will make payments based upon an estimated tax equal to the actual taxes levied on the property in the preceding year.
To pay 20__ property taxes by installment, please sign, date, complete property identification number, and return this application to your county tax collector before May 1, 20__. The tax collector will mail your first notice of payment due, with instructions. If you have not received your first notice by June 15, 20__, contact your tax collector's office.
Please note that Florida Law requires that your estimated taxes must be more than $100 for each tax notice to participate in the Installment Payment Plan. If your estimated taxes for 20__ are $100 or less, you do not qualify for this plan.
If you choose to participate, you must make the first installment payment by June 30. Once you have paid the first payment on time, you are required to continue for the tax year. If you elect to discontinue participation, you will not receive the discounts provided by law. Installment payments that become delinquent must be paid with the next installment payment.
Discounts are not allowed on delinquent payments.
What are Real Estate Taxes?
The Hernando County Tax Collector, an elected Constitutional Officer, is responsible for collecting the taxes that the taxing authorities set. Tax rates are set by the county's taxing authorities; the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners, Brooksville City Council, Hernando County School District, etc. depending on within whose jurisdiction your property lies.
The Hernando County Property Appraiser, an elected Constitutional Officer, is responsible for identifying, locating and fairly valuing all property, both real and personal, within the county for Ad Valorem tax purposes. The Property Appraiser does not create the value.
There are two types of property taxes assessed: Real Estate and Tangible Personal Property. For detailed information about Real Property and Tangible Personal Property Taxes, please visit the Property Appraiser's website.
The real estate tax bill is a combined notice of ad valorem taxes and non-ad valorem assessments:
Ad valorem taxes are based on the value of the property. Examples of ad valorem taxes are school, county and city taxes.
Non-ad valorem assessments are based on factors other than the property value such as square footage or number of units. Levying authorities are responsible for setting the non-ad valorem assessments. Examples of non-ad valorem assessments are stormwater utility, fire and rescue, and solid waste collections.
What are Tangible Personal Property Taxes?
"Tangible Personal Property (TPP) is everything other than real estate that has value by itself. It includes such things as furniture, fixtures, tools, machinery, rental household appliances, signs, equipment, leasehold improvements, supplies, leased equipment, and any other equipment used in a business or to earn an income. It does not include motor vehicles, inventory, boats, or trailers.
The 2008 Constitutional Amendment 1 provides a $25,000 Exemption to taxpayers who file their TPP returns by April 1."
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 online.
Taxpayers on the Installment Payment Plan will receive bills the first of June, September, December and March.
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
20 North Main Street, Room 112
Brooksville, FL 34601-2892
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.