Frequently Asked Questions
How do I file for a Homestead Exemption for the 2021 tax roll?
You have three options to submit your application. The easiest way to file is to E file on the PAPA website. For filing options and more information about the homestead exemption, on the PAPA homepage, go to the navigation bar and go to ‘Homestead Exemption’ and click on ‘Homestead Exemption Qualification Information’.
I missed the March 1st deadline to apply for a homestead exemption for the 2020 tax roll. Can I file a late application?
Yes. On the PAPA homepage, go to the navigation bar and go to ‘Forms’ and select the ‘Homestead Exemption’ form. You can download the form, fill it out, and mail it to: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser's Office, Exemption Services, 1st Floor, 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Deadline for late filers is Sept 14, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Do I need to reapply for a homestead exemption every year?
No. We will renew your homestead exemption annually as long as you continue to qualify for the exemption. After January 1 of each year, we will send you a homestead exemption receipt by mail to confirm the renewal. You should review the receipt card to be sure everything is correct.
How do I change my mailing address associated with my property?
To request a change of a mailing address for real property or tangible personal property, the most common option is located on PAPA’s homepage under Quick Links – Click on the Mail Address Change Form. Complete and sign it and then it can be emailed or mailed to our office: email@example.com or Palm Beach County Property Appraiser's Office, Exemption Services, 1st Floor, 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
A more simpler way is to use E-Address Change – online: Once you have entered your search for the real property or TPP account, the ‘Property Record Detail’ webpage will pop up. Under ‘Owner Information or Tangible Property Information’ there will be a button displayed – ‘Change of Address’. Click on it and this will take you to the ‘E-Address Change’ webpage and follow the prompts.
I am a business owner in Palm Beach County, what is the deadline for filing my tangible tax return for the 2020 tax roll?
Tangible Personal Property (TPP) tax returns are typically due April 1 of each year. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our office granted an automatic 45-day extension to file your TPP tax return - deadline: Monday, May 18, 2020. TPP consists of assets used in a business such as furniture and equipment, and are valued at more than $25,000. These are subject to ad valorem taxes. Please note that while you are not required to submit a request for the extension, all TPP tax returns and supporting documentation must be submitted to our office by Monday, May 18, 2020. For filing options, on the PAPA homepage, go to the navigation bar and go to ‘Departments’ and click on ‘Tangible Personal Property’ or call our TPP Department at 561.355.2896.
Why are my taxes more than my neighbor who has the same unit and view?
Your assessed value, the number used to calculate the taxable value, may be different than your neighbors. The assessed value is subject to portability, which reduces the assessed value, and numerous exemptions, which cap the rate at which the assessed value can increase. The Property Appraiser’s Office is responsible for setting the values, not the millage rates and resulting taxes.
Why did my taxes increase dramatically from what I paid last year?
When taxes increase dramatically, it is most often due to the change in ownership. If the previous owner’s assessed value was capped, or the previous owner had exemptions, the assessed value does not transfer to the new owner as of January 1st of the tax year.
How do I request a combination or a split of my property?
On the PAPA homepage, go to the navigation bar and go to ‘Forms’, and click on ‘All Forms’ and select ‘Parcel Combination Request’ or ‘Parcel Split Request’. Fill out the request and email to PAO@pbcgov.org
I missed the March 1st deadline to apply for the agricultural classification. Can I file a late application?
Florida statue allows us to accept late applications, if the applicant provides evidence “that demonstrates that the applicant was unable to apply for the classification in a timely manner or that otherwise demonstrates extenuating circumstances that warrant the granting of the classification…” FS 196.461(3)(a). Late applications must be submitted on or before the 25th day after the July 1st notification deadline (July 1st is when we announce approvals and denials of the classification). Beyond that date, in most cases, a petition must be filed with the Value Adjustment Board to be considered for the classification.
My property is in a trust, after filing for a Homestead Exemption, do I need to do anything else?
If you have not filed for Homestead Exemption, you may use our E File on-line system by going to www.pbcgov.org/PAPA.
After filing for Homestead Exemption or if you currently have Homestead Exemption and your property is put into a Trust, our office does not need the Trust Agreement, which can be large and have personal information, instead we use a Certificate of Trust (COT). The COT lets us know who has beneficial interest along with who is entitled to the use and occupancy of the property. To locate the COT on our website, on the PAPA homepage, go to ‘Forms’, and click on ‘All Forms’ and select ‘Certificate of Trust’. The COT must be completed and notarized. You may mail or email your completed notarized COT form to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Palm Beach County Property Appraiser's Office, Exemption Services, 1st Floor, 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33401.