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Is there any discount on early payment?

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There are two types of ad valorem property taxes in Florida which are Real Estate Property and Tangible Personal Property. These tax statements are mailed out on or before November 1st of each year with the following discounts in effect for early payment: 4% if paid in November 3% if paid in December 2% if paid in January 1% if paid in February Taxes become delinquent April 1st, at which time 3% interest plus advertising costs are added to the gross amount of the tax. For more information, visit our Delinquent Property Taxes Section.

What is real estate property tax?

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The Real Estate tax bill is a combined notice of ad valorem taxes and non-ad valorem assessments. Ad Valorem Taxes are based on the value of real property and are collected in arrears on an annual basis beginning on or before November 1st for the tax year January through December. The Office of the Property Appraiser establishes the value of the property and the Board of County Commissioners, School Board, City Comminssioners and other taxing authorities set the millage rates. A millage rate is the rate per thousand dollars of taxable value. To determine the ad valorem tax, multiply the taxable value by the millage rate and divide by 1,000. For instance, $100,000 in taxable value with a millage rate of 5.000 would generate $500 in taxes. Using these values and allowing for exemptions, the tax roll is completed by the Property Appraiser. It is then certified to the Tax Collector who mails the tax notice/receipt to the owner's last address of record as it appears on the tax roll. However, it is the responsibility of each taxpayer to see that the taxes are paid and that a tax bill is received. In cases where the property owner pays through an escrow account, the mortgage company should request and be sent the tax bill, and the owner will receive a copy of the bill for information. Non-ad Valorem assessments are based on factors other than the property value such as square footage or number of units. Levying authorities, such as stormwater utilities, fire and rescue, and solid waste are responsible for setting the non-ad valorem assessments. Some non-ad valorem assessments are paid in advance. Assessment periods vary. They may be calendar year or fiscal year.

Is installment payments available?

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Taxpayers may choose to pay their real estate taxes quarterly by participating in an installment payment plan. To be eligible for the program, the taxpayer's estimated taxes must be in excess of $100.00. Those who qualify must fill out and return an Installment Plan application form to the Tax Collector's Office prior to May 1st (application forms are available at all county tax offices). The plan requires that the first installment must be made no later than June 30th. Failure to make this first payment will automatically cancel the participant from the plan and the taxpayer will be required to pay the taxes due in full by March 31st. Upon meeting the first installment deadline, the taxpayer is then obligated to participate in the program for the entire year. Discounts do not apply to delinquent payments. Any amount remaining unpaid on April 1st is treated as a delinquent tax bill. 1st Installment - 1/4 the total estimated taxes discounted 6% Due by June 30 2nd Installment - 1/4 the total estimated taxes discounted 4.5% Due by September 30 3rd Installment - 1/4 the total estimated taxes plus 1/2 of any adjustment made for actual tax liability discounted 3% Due by December 31st 4th Installment - 1/4 the total estimated taxes plus the remaining 1/2 of any adjustment for actual tax liability. No discount applies. Due by March 31st

Who is eligible to register to vote?

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To be eligible to register to vote you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America;
  • Be a legal resident of Florida;
  • Be a legal resident of the county in which you seek to be registered;
  • Be at least 16 years old to preregister or at least 18 years old to register and vote;
  • Not be a person who has been adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in Florida or any other state without having the right to vote restored; and,
  • Not be a person who has been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored.

Can I receive benefits in Florida if I am placed on part-time work?

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If your employer reduces your hours against your will, you may be eligible for partial benefits. If you are earning less than $275 in gross earnings per week, you can file a claim to determine if you would be eligible to receive partial payments.  

What is Reemployment Assistance?

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The State of Florida's Unemployment Insurance was rebranded with the name Reemployment Assistance to reflect the comprehensive goal of assisting Floridians find work during periods of unemployment through monetary assistance when eligible and training through Florida’s CareerSource centers.  

How/Where do I file a claim for unemployment benefits in the State of Florida?

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You can file a claim online via Florida’s CONNECT claims system by clicking the FILE NOW button above.  

If you cannot file a claim online because of legal reasons, computer illiteracy, language barriers, or disabilities you may call 1-800-681-8102. Your claim can be filed by phone 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday.  

When do employment benefit claims begin in Florida?

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 Your claim is effective Sunday of the week you complete your application. By the Florida state law, the first week of a claim for which you would have been eligible for payment is an unpaid week. This week is considered your “waiting week.”  

Who pays for my Reemployment Assistance (RA) benefits?

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Florida employers pay for RA through a tax managed by the Florida Department of Revenue. It is one of the employer's business costs. Workers do not pay reemployment taxes.  

How are my unemployment benefits calculated in the State of Florida?

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The wages used to determine your benefit amounts are the first four of the last five calendar quarters.

For example, Claims filed in October 2019 use wages earned between 10/01/2018 through 09/30/2019.

Once the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has the wages on record, they verify the following to determine if you are eligible for benefits:

  • $3400 minimum gross earnings during base period.
  • You must have a minimum of two quarters of covered wages.
  • Total base period gross wages must be more than 1.5x the highest wage quarter.

Once they complete those checks, the last steps are simple:

  • Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)
    WBA is the highest quarter divided by 26 OR the weekly amount $275, whichever is less
  • Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)
    MBA is your total base period wages divided by 4 OR the yearly maximum, whichever is less

What is the maximum amount of unemployment benefits I can receive in the State of Florida?

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Florida maximum benefits adjust every year based on the previous year’s unemployment rates.

2019 Claim Maximums: 12 weeks                   
Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA): $275            
Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA): $3300    

2020 Claim Maximums: 12 weeks
Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA): $275
Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA): $3300

Please note that these can be adjusted in times of severe events & you will need to check with the DEO if there are any changes. 

Does the State of Florida offer any expedited processing of Unemployment Insurance due to Coronavirus COVID-19?

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The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the waiving of the requirement to wait a week to receive Reemployment Assistance benefits through May 8, 2020. The waiting week has been waived so eligible Floridians may receive the support they need to help recover from the current economic impacts of COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Where can I find the list of all Community Health Centers in Florida?

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Florida’s Community Health Centers deliver high-quality, community-based comprehensive health care services to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. With 600-plus locations statewide, Community Health Centers serve more than 1.6 million patients every year, ensuring that all Floridians receive the health care they need in a way that’s economical for taxpayers.

You can find the list of all Community Health Centers here. Alternatively, you can search for them by your address here: https://www.fachc.org/find-a-health-center#/

Are there any toolkits from the State Department of Health?

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You can access the list of all official toolkits from Florida State DOH here

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How to Apply for Medicaid Online Online in the City of Punta Gorda?

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How to Register to Vote Online in the City of Punta Gorda?

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How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits Online in the City of Punta Gorda?

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How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Punta Gorda?

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How to Pay for Traffic Citation Online in the City of Punta Gorda?

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How to Corona COVID-19 Response Online in the City of Punta Gorda?

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