If approved by Florida voters, Amendment 5 would extend the time frame for property owners to use any portability they may have from two tax years to three tax years. Portability is the difference between a property’s just value and the assessed/Save Our Homes (SOH) value. This portability amount may be transferred when a property owner moves from their homesteaded property and establishes a new Homestead on another property. Portability allows the owner to transfer or “port” the homestead assessment difference to the new home anywhere in Florida. This portability amount lowers the assessed/SOH value on the new home and helps lower the subsequent property taxes. Currently, the law requires a homeowner to use this homestead benefit within two tax years which is not always a full two calendar years. Our office must look at the status of the property on January 1 of each year, meaning a property owner may not have a full two calendar years to use this important savings. If approved, this amendment would extend the time you may use portability to three tax years. For more information about portability, please visit our website at www.Web.BCPA.net/BCPAClient/#/PortabilityExemption.
Another amendment on this November’s ballot is Amendment 6. This amendment would provide a homestead tax discount for the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran who had permanent, combat-related disabilities. There are several exemptions for Florida veterans and all of them transfer to the surviving spouses upon the veteran’s death except this one exemption. Amendment 6 would allow the surviving spouse to continue receiving the veteran’s exemption.
Broward County Tax Collector’s Office to Mail Tax Bills in November
The Property Appraiser’s Office does not set or collect property taxes. We simply assess property and grant exemptions to qualified individuals. The Broward County Tax Collector’s Office will mail the 2020 property tax bills by November 1, 2020, along with payment information. If your escrow company requests your tax bill, the Tax Collector will send you a courtesy copy of the bill in mid-November. All property tax bills are posted to their website at www.Broward.County-Taxes.com/Public on November 1. Should you have any questions about the payment of taxes, please contact them at (954) 831-4000.
If my office can ever be of assistance to you with exemption or answer any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at (954) 357-6904 or by email at MartyKiar@BCPA.net.
Marty Kiar is the Broward County Property Appraiser and longtime advocate for LGBTQ equality.
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