Tangible Personal Property Tax is an Ad Valorem tax assessed against the furniture, fixtures and equipment located in businesses and rental property. It also applies to structural additions to mobile homes. You are responsible for paying the tax if you owned the property on January 1st even if you were not in business for the entire year.
All business owners, persons or firms owning, leasing, consigning or renting tangible property in Santa Rosa County on January 1st must file a Tangible Personal Property Tax Return with the Property Appraiser’s Office. Timely filed accounts are eligible for a $25,000 exemption. The TPP Return is the exemption application. New businesses are required to file an initial return even if they have assets less than $25,000. If a return fails to be filed for a business located in Santa Rosa County, Florida law requires the Property Appraiser to prepare a tangible assessment which is considered reasonable and appropriate for the business. Penalties are assessed to accounts if a return is not filed or filed late.
Tangible Taxes become delinquent April 1 of each year at which time a 1.5 percent fee per month is added to the bill. Within 45 days after the property becomes delinquent, the Tax Collector is required by law to advertise a list of delinquent taxpayers one time in a local newspaper. Advertising costs are added to the delinquent bill on May 1. Additional collection costs and warrant fees are added on June 1.
Pursuant to Florida Statutes, Tax Warrants are issued prior to April 30th of the next year on all unpaid tangible personal property taxes. Within 30 days after the warrants are prepared, the Tax Collector applies to the Circuit Court for an order directing levy and seizure of the property for the amount of unpaid taxes and costs.
Any changes to the tax roll (name, address, location, assessed value) must be processed through the Property Appraiser’s Office.
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