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CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA

Value Adjustment Board Forms

 

File a Petition Online
Select to file a petition electronically for the 2021 tax year. Online filing requires a nonrefundable $15 filing fee per property issue. The credit card processor (myfloridacounty.com) will charge a 3.5 percent convenience fee per transaction (multiple petitions can be filed in one transaction). Contiguous parcels approved by the Property Appraiser cannot be filed online. If you prefer filing by mail, links to all applicable VAB forms and instruction are below.
Deadlines and Instructions for Filing Petitions
This document reviews the initial filing requirements. The deadline to file a value petition will be printed on the TRIM Notices that are mailed by the Property Appraiser in August. Deadlines for exemptions and greenbelt issues may vary. Call the VAB office for dates.
VAB Meeting Dates
Link to VAB home page for future Board meetings in which Magistrate recommendations could be finalized. 
DR-486 Petition Form
Petition to Value Adjustment Board, Request for a Hearing: Petition for both real and tangible property issues, such as value, exemptions, greenbelt, et cetera.  Each issue/reason in Part 2 of the form requires a separate petition. A single nonrefundable $15 filing fee is required for every petition, with the exception of Box 6-Denial of Exemption for a timely filed application for Homestead Exemption. Filing fees must be paid at the time of filing by check or cash.  Please make checks payable to Board of County Commissioners or BOCC. Deliver or mail to VAB, 419 Pierce Street, Room 140, Tampa, FL 33602. Form not accepted by fax or e-mail.
DR-486PORT Petition Form
Transfer of Homestead Assessment Difference, Request for a Hearing: Petition form used when seeking to transfer your homestead cap to another property. A single nonrefundable $15 filing fee is required for each folio/parcel number despite the existence of multiple issues and hearings pertaining to the parcel. Filing fees must be paid at the time of filing by check or cash. Please make checks payable to Board of County Commissioners or BOCC. Deliver to mail to VAB, 419 Pierce Street, Room 140, Tampa, FL 33602. Form not accepted by fax or e-mail.
DR-486DP Petition Form
Tax Deferral or Penalties, Request for Hearing:  A single nonrefundable $15 filing fee is required for every petition, with exception to Part 2, Box 1-Disappoval of homestead tax deferral for a timely filed application for Tax Deferral. Filing fees must be paid at the time of filing by check or cash.  Please make checks payable to Board of County Commissioners or BOCC. Deliver or mail to VAB, 419 Pierce Street, Room 140, Tampa, FL 33602. Form not accepted by fax or e-mail. 
Form DR-486A Written Authorization for Representation Before the Value Adjustment Board 
Use this form to authorize an uncompensated representative to represent you in value adjustment board proceedings. E-mail to vab@hillsclerk.com or fax to 813.272.5044.
Form DR-486 POA Power of Attorney for Representation Before the Value Adjustment Board 
Use this form to grant power of attorney for representation in value adjustment board proceedings. E-mail to vab@hillsclerk.com or fax to (813) 272-5044.
Form DR 485WI Withdrawal Form
Withdrawal of Petition: E-mail the form to vab@hillsclerk.com or mail to VAB, 419 Pierce Street, Room 140, Tampa, FL 33602. 
DR Form List [external 3rd party website]
Complete listing of Department of Revenue forms for the Value Adjustment Board process. 
Request to File with VAB after the Statutory Deadlines
Form and Instructions When Filing After a Deadline: An explanation of the circumstances that caused you to miss the filing deadline must be submitted along with the petition. The circumstances will be reviewed by an Attorney, who will determine if there is "good cause" to allow the petition to be considered. E-mail to vab@hillsclerk.com or fax to (813) 272-5044. There is currently a $15.00 filing fee. 
Reschedule a Hearing
Optional form that may be used to request a reschedule of a VAB hearing. E-mail to vab@hillsclerk.com or fax to (813) 272-5044. 
Local VAB Procedures
Information and local procedures. A revised document will be posted by August of each tax year. Department of Revenue rules shall supersede to the extent of any conflict.
Uniform Policies and Procedures Manual and Other Legal Resources and Reference Materials [external 3rd party website]
Prepared by the Department of Revenue. Includes Rule 12D-9: Uniform Rules of Procedure for Hearings Before Value Adjustment Boards 
Florida Government-In-The-Sunshine Manual [external 3rd party website]
Prepared by the Office of the Attorney General, Tallahassee, FL, (850) 245-0140. The publisher is First Amendment Foundation, 336 E. College Ave., #101, Tallahassee, FL, 32301, 800.337.2518.
Contacts and Resources
Listing of Value Adjustment Board Members, VAB Clerk Designee, and various VAB resources. 
Special Magistrates
Special Magistrates List 
Evidence
Department of Revenue Rule 12D-9.020 regarding evidence procedures as they pertain to VAB hearings and the exchange of evidence with the Property Appraiser's Office.