Florida Senate - 2009 CS for SB 1580
By the Committee on Finance and Tax; and Senators Ring and
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to partial tax payments; defining the
3 term “partial payment”; authorizing tax collectors to
4 accept partial payment of taxes under certain
5 circumstances; imposing a processing fee on a partial
6 tax payment; requiring a tax collector to mail a
7 notice of the remaining amount due after the payment
8 of a partial payment; providing a deadline for payment
9 of the remaining balance; authorizing a tax collector
10 to treat certain underpayment as full payment;
11 providing for the distribution of partial tax
12 payments; amending s. 197.343, F.S.; revising a tax
13 notice to warn taxpayers that a tax certificate will
14 be sold if their property taxes are not paid in full;
15 providing an effective date.
17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
19 Section 1. Partial payment of current year taxes.—
20 (1) As used in this section, the term “partial payment”
21 means a payment that is less than the full amount of taxes due.
22 The term does not include payments made pursuant to s. 194.171,
23 s. 196.295, s. 197.222, s. 197.252, or s. 197.303, Florida
25 (2) At the discretion of the tax collector, the tax
26 collector may accept one or more partial payments of any amount
27 per parcel for payment of current taxes and assessments on real
28 property or tangible personal property as long as such payment
29 is made prior to the date of delinquency. The remaining amount
30 of tax due, when paid, must be paid in full.
31 (3) Each partial payment, less a $10 processing fee payable
32 to the tax collector, shall be credited to the tax account. A
33 partial payment is not eligible for any applicable discount set
34 forth in s. 197.162, Florida Statutes. The taxpayer has the
35 responsibility to ensure that the remaining amount due is paid.
36 (4) Pursuant to s. 197.343, Florida Statutes, the tax
37 collector shall prepare and mail at least one notice with the
38 balance due. The tax collector shall mail the notice in the form
39 as he or she considers proper and necessary or as may be
40 required by rule of the department.
41 (5) Any remaining balance that is not paid before April 1
42 or the date of delinquency, becomes delinquent and shall be
43 handled in the same manner as any other unpaid taxes.
44 (6) At the tax collector’s discretion, an underpayment of
45 $10 or less may be deemed a payment in full, rather than a
46 partial payment.
47 (7) A partial payment shall be distributed in equal
48 proportion to all taxing districts and levying authorities
49 applicable to that account.
50 Section 2. Subsection (1) of section 197.343, Florida
51 Statutes, is amended to read:
52 197.343 Tax notices; additional notice required.—
53 (1) An additional tax notice shall be mailed by April 30 to
54 each taxpayer whose payment has not been received. The notice
55 shall include a description of the property and the following
56 statement: If the taxes for ......(year)...... on your property
57 are not paid in full, a tax certificate will be sold for the
these taxes, and your property may be sold at a
59 future date. Contact the tax collector’s office at once.
60 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2009.