Beginning mid-August, the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office (BCPA) has been mailing out their annual TRIM (proposed tax) Notices. The proposed property tax notice will show your “proposed” 2022 property assessment, exemptions and the proposed taxes along with dates and times for the various taxing authorities’ public budget hearings. Take note that the TRIM Notice is your opportunity to review your property assessment and ensure you are receiving all the tax-saving exemptions you are entitled to. If you have any questions about the TRIM Notice, you can contact BCPA directly, should you have any questions. The most important thing to note is that if you wish to apply for any 2022 exemption or to appeal your property assessment.
PLEASE NOTE: the Petition Filing Deadline is September 19, 2022
The first thing to know is your taxes are calculated using this formula:
TAXABLE VALUE x TAX MILLAGE RATES + SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS = TAX BILL
The Property Appraiser determines the market and assessed/Save Our Homes value of your property. Your tax rates and non-ad valorem fees are set by the various taxing authorities (school board, county commission, city commission, hospital district board, water management district, and so on) listed on your TRIM Notice. If you want to question your proposed tax rates, non-ad valorem fees, special assessments or services, you should contact the elected officials who serve on the taxing authorities and attend the public hearings in September 2022.
Important: The Property Appraiser does not set your tax rates or collect your taxes. Your tax rates are set by the city & county commissions, school board, and other taxing authorities. Additionally, any PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) assessments are not included on the TRIM Notice but will appear on the November tax bill sent by the Broward County Tax Collector.
Typical question from property owners: Why Are My Property Taxes Higher than the Prior Owner’s Last Year? Florida law requires property be reassessed at market value as of January 1 the year following a change in ownership and/or the year the property receives/loses the Homestead Exemption. After this reset in value occurs, the property will be protected by an assessment cap starting the following year. For Homesteaded property, the Assessed/Save Our Homes (SOH) Value can increase by no more than 3% above last year’s Assessed/SOH Value (or the consumer price index, whichever is less), regardless of the increase in just value. For non-Homesteaded property, the assessed value can increase by no more than 10% above last year’s assessed value. The 10% cap does not apply to the School Board taxes.
Many property owners ignore their TRIM Notice until it is too late to appeal an assessment, question the proposed tax rates, or file for exemptions. If you wait until you receive your tax bill in November to inquire about your assessment, you will lose your right to appeal. If you are a residential or commercial real estate owner, you may have grounds for an appeal. For example, construction that has been lingering or is expected to take a while to complete may be a great way to get a reduction. If you feel that you may be entitled to pursue a reduction of real estate taxes, call us and find out what you can do to appeal those valuations and get the reduction you are entitled to.
Petition Filing Deadline is September 19, 2022
HELPFUL CONTACT INFORMATION AT BCPA:
- Agricultural Classifications ‑ Carlos Bertot at firstname.lastname@example.org or (954)357-5489
- Commercial Property ‑ Matthew Chaiken at email@example.com or (954)357-6835
- Residential Property ‑ Maureen Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or (954)357-6303
- Finance/Deeds ‑Holly Cimino at email@example.com or (954)357-6825
- Homestead Fraud ‑ Steve Raabe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (954) 357-6900
- Exemptions & General Information ‑ Kimberly Cardone at email@example.com or (954) 357-6999 or (954) 357-6830
Should you believe that you are entitled to a reassessment for any reason whatsoever, reach out to Khani & Auerbach and we can assist you. Remember the deadline is September 19, 2022
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