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Public Education Events

Our Public Education Sessions are designed to assist property owners, real estate professionals, and business owners better understand property valuation, tax law, exemptions, and trends in the real estate market. With information and speakers direct from the Property Appraiser’s office, attendees have the opportunity to understand the "whats, whys and hows" of our office and ask any questions to leading experts in the field. These interactive sessions are held in-person in our public classroom at our new South County Service Center in St. Petersburg with simultaneous virtual access. Sessions are recorded and can be accessed via our YouTube Channel. All sessions are held on Thursdays; sessions begin at 12 noon. 

Each session is tailored for a particular audience or subject matter relating to the statutory functions of our office. While our sessions are intended for any property owner in Pinellas County (and we welcome anyone to attend!), we have designed sessions specifically for:

  • Recent or first-time homeowners
  • New homeowners in Pinellas County (or Florida!)
  • Property owners seeking exemptions
  • Real Estate Professionals (including Title Agents or Legal Professionals)
  • Business Owners

Check out the upcoming sessions and register below!

January 13: Exemptions Part 1

Property owners in Pinellas County, particularly seniors and veterans, may be eligible for exemptions and additional benefits that can reduce their property tax liability! In addition to the popular Homestead Exemption and Save Our Homes assessment limitation, some property owners may qualify for exemptions based on their age, income level, disability, and/or veteran or active military status. Join us for a discussion with a panel of Exemption Specialists who will guide you through the qualifying criteria for these tax-saving benefits and answer your questions!

This session will cover information for seniors and veterans.

February 10: Exemptions Part 2

In this session, we will continue our discussion on exemptions and additional benefits that can reduce a homeowner's property tax liability! In addition to the popular Homestead Exemption and Save Our Homes assessment limitation, some property owners may qualify for exemptions based on their age, income level, disability, and/or veteran or active military status. Join us for a discussion with a panel of Exemption Specialists who will guide you through the qualifying criteria for these tax-saving benefits and answer your questions!

This session will cover information for all homeowners.

March 10: Businesses and PAO

Businesses play an important part in the Florida Property Tax process, particularly when it comes to their tangible personal property. Tangible Personal property is everything other than real estate that has value, including furniture, fixtures, tools, machinery, household appliances, signs, equipment, leasehold improvements, supplies, leased equipment and any other equipment. Anyone in possession of assets on January 1 who has a proprietorship/partnership/corporation or is a self-employed agent or contractor, must file each year. Property owners who lease, lend or rent property must also file a return with our office by April 1st, 2021.

This session is designed to help business owners, managers, CFOs, or CPAs understand the world of TPP and the state regulations for filing a TPP return.

April 14: It's the Law!

The world of Florida property tax law can be a minefield of perplexing rules and regulations, and often times mistakes are made in deed transfers, exemptions, and understanding how portability and Save Our Homes work. Let us break down Florida's property tax law so property owners aren’t caught off guard when the tax bill arrives in November!

Homeowners and legal/title professionals will learn a lot from this informative session!

May 12: Introducing the NEW pcpao.gov

Have you visited our NEW website? Our new multi-functional and responsive site has been redeveloped to help all property owners better find the information and resources they need. File for Homestead, estimate future taxes, search comparable sales, use interactive maps – it’s all there at the NEW pcpao.gov!

We want to make sure all our site visitors know where they can find the information that best suits their needs. (We may even reveal some shortcuts and “easter eggs”!) Join us as we walk through the site and review its functions and resources.

As we go through the site, you may even learn more about the roles and responsibilities of our office as well as Florida property tax law.

Homeowners and real estate professionals are highly encouraged to join!

 

June 9: Real Estate Professionals

As real estate professionals, you serve as the front-line experts in helping people find their most treasured asset…their home. Buyers and Sellers rely on you to find not only the best property for their dollar, but to also offer information and resources to ensure that their investment is a wise one. The Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s Office works in partnership with all real estate industry professionals to provide them with tips, tools, and information about Florida Tax Law to keep real estate industry experts in the know and at the top of their game. No one wants our property owners to be caught off guard!

Our presentation is geared towards anyone within the real estate industry (such sales agents, brokers, title agents, attorneys, mortgage lenders) and Pinellas County Property Appraiser Mike Twitty will review essential information from our office that could help your sellers and buyers including our Tax Estimator, “cap resets”, exemptions, portability, and important dates to know when buying and selling a home. Mr. Twitty and members of his team will also answer your specific questions

 

July 14: First-Time Florida Homeowners

Whether you’re a first-time homeowner, just acquired your first home in Florida or are presently in the home buying market, property tax law in our state can be confusing. Let us break down Florida's property tax law so you're not caught off guard when your tax bill arrives in November.

We'll break down the role of the Property Appraiser, Taxing Authorities and Tax Collector so you know who does what;

  • Explain how we value properties;
  • Explain how homestead exemption can save you money now, and well into the future;
  • Point out important tips when buying or selling a home;
  • And help you avoid common missteps

If you are a new homeowner in Pinellas County, this session may be of particular interest to you!

 

August 11: Understanding Your Notice of Proposed Property Taxes

The Notice of Proposed Property Taxes, also referred to as Truth-in-Millage (TRIM) Notice, is a very important document relating to your proposed property value and taxes for the current year. Sent out to all property owners in late August, this document includes:

  • Market Value of the property
  • Property Tax Exemptions applied
  • Tax Rates from local taxing authorities
  • Date and time all taxing authorities hold hearings to adopt their tax rates and budgets

We know property owners have many questions when this document arrives in the mail, so this session is designed to answer some commonly asked questions and answer any specific questions you may have to prepare you for the arrival of the TRIM notice and the Tax Bill that arrives in November.

If you are a new homeowner in Pinellas County, this session may be of particular interest to you!

 

September 8: Introducing the NEW pcpao.gov (Virtual Only Webinar)

Have you visited our NEW website? Our new multi-functional and responsive site has been redeveloped to help all property owners better find the information and resources they need. File for Homestead, estimate future taxes, search comparable sales, use interactive maps – it’s all there at the NEW pcpao.gov! We want to make sure all our site visitors know where they can find the information that best suits their needs. Join us as we walk through the site and review its functions and resources.

This webinar will be virtual only (no software installation required) for all participants to have a 'front row seat' to see all the enhancements. As we walk through the website, you may even learn more about the roles and responsibilities of our office as well as Florida property tax law.

Homeowners and real estate professionals are highly encouraged to join!

 

October 13: First-Time Florida Homeowner

Whether you’re a first-time homeowner, just acquired your first home in Florida or are presently in the home buying market, property tax law in our state can be confusing. Let us break down Florida's property tax law so you're not caught off guard when your tax bill arrives in November.

We'll break down the role of the Property Appraiser, Taxing Authorities and Tax Collector so you know who does what;

  • Explain how we value properties;
  • Explain how homestead exemption can save you money now, and well into the future;
  • Point out important tips when buying or selling a home;
  • And help you avoid common missteps

If you are a new homeowner in Pinellas County, this session may be of particular interest to you!