About Property Tax
Tax statements are mailed out by November 1st of each year with the following discounts in effect for early payment:
4% discount if paid in November
3% discount if paid in December
2% discount if paid in January
1% discount if paid in February
The gross amount is due in March
Taxes become delinquent April 1st of each year, at which time a 3% penalty is added to the bill. Advertising costs are also added before the Tax Certificate Sale. Click Here for Information on Delinquent Taxes. To find out where your property taxes go, see this list of taxing authorities.
The Orange County Property Appraiser is responsible for approving all exemptions. For more information on Homestead exemptions, or any other exemption, contact the Orange County Property Appraiser at (407) 836-5045 or visit the Orange County Property Appraiser's website.
Change of Address
If you did not receive a property tax bill, or if your address differs from the one shown on your tax bill and you have a permanent change of address, please complete the Property Mailing Address Change Request
form and return to the Orange County Property Appraiser. The Property Appraiser is responsible for processing address changes.
How Accountability is Maintained
Property taxes are based on the value placed on real property. These taxes are collected on an annual basis beginning November 1st for the tax year January through December. To ensure an accountable system of checks and balances, there are three steps to the property tax process, carried out by separate entities:
1. The Board of County Commissioners, School Board, City Commissioners and other levying bodies set the millage rates. Non-ad valorem assessments, such as streetlight, sewage, and road improvements, are levied on a unit basis, rather than on the value of the property.
For questions about millage rates, contact the Orange County Mayor and Board of Commissioners at (407) 836-7370 or visit the Orange County Government website
2. The Property Appraiser establishes the value of the property and approves exemptions, including Homestead. Based on the values and exemptions assessed,
the Property Appraiser certifies the Tax Roll to the Tax Collector. For information on property values, tax roll rates or exemptions, visit the Orange County Property Appraiser's website
3. The Tax Collector is then responsible for mailing the tax bills, collecting the taxes and then distributing the funds to 63 different taxing authorities
. The Tax Collector also performs tax certificate sales for unpaid taxes and collects tangible personal property taxes in addition to returning any unused fees to the taxing authorities.
It is the responsibility of each taxpayer to see that the taxes are paid. In cases where the property owner pays through an escrow account, the mortgage company, meeting criteria established by the Tax Collector, may request to be sent the tax bill. In this case the owner will receive a copy of the bill that says, “YOUR BILL HAS BEEN REQUESTED BY ____”.