Ad valorem taxes on real property are assessed each year. They cover the period of January through December and are collected beginning November 1st of that year. It is the responsibility of each taxpayer to ensure that a tax bill is received by the responsible party and the taxes are paid.
Each year the City County and other levying authorities set the millage rates (tax rates). The Property Appraiser's Office establishes the assessed value of each property. It is a combination of the millage rate and assessed value that determines the tax amount due for each parcel. Once the Property Appraiser and taxing authorities certify the values and millage rates for the tax year, the roll is certified to the Tax Collector for collection. Tax notices are mailed to the owner’s last record of address. In cases where the property owner’s tax payments are held in escrow by their mortgage company, the mortgage company will request the tax bill for the property and remit payment. When a property has a mortgage company listed, the owner of the property will be sent a “Do Not Pay – Information Only” notice. This notice is for reference only and is not a bill. The notice reflects who the mortgage company of record is and the amount being billed to the mortgage company.
Real Estate tax notices are mailed out on or before November 1st of each year. The gross amount is due by March 31st. The following discounts are applied for early payment:
4 percent discount if paid in November
3 percent discount if paid in December
2 percent discount if paid in January
1 percent discount if paid in February
Taxes become delinquent April 1st of each year at which time a 3 percent penalty plus additional fees are added to the bill. Pursuant to Florida Statutes, Chapter 197, if taxes remain unpaid, a tax certificate may be sold on the property and possibly be auctioned at a future date.
Property owners who are responsible for paying their taxes (not a mortgage company) may pay their property tax bill in person at any Duval County Tax Collector's Office, online, or by mail from November 1st to mid-May.
To remit payment to us via mail please use the envelope included with your tax bill or mail to:
Duval County Tax Collector
Attn: Tax Department
231 E. Forsyth Street, Suite 130
Jacksonville, FL 32202-3370
Receipts for payments received by mail will not be returned unless a self- addressed stamped envelope is included with your payment.