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Sarasota Florida Taxes

Welcome news from the Sunshine State. Florida has no state tax on personal income or lifetime gifts, no additional estate taxes, and the state sales tax does not apply to groceries or medical items.

Furthermore, Florida currently offers a $25,000 homestead exemption to legal residents who own and occupy their homes prior to January 1st of the year in which exemption is claimed. Widows, widowers and disabled persons are eligible for additional exemptions as well.

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Sarasota offers its residents miles of world-class white-sand beaches, plenty of cultural and recreational activities and an excellent quality of life. Named the "Best Small City" in the U.S. and one of the best places in the nation to live and work, Sarasota offers the best of both worlds - small-town charm and big city amenities. Sarasota has been a favorite place for the rich and famous for many years.

sarasota florida beach sunset


Residents and visitors enjoy breathtaking sunsets from many beautiful beaches. View the diversity of natural beauty by canoe or kayak through South Lido's water way trail by natural bird sanctuaries and mangroves. Learn about the area history and  marine life on a bay cruise, or viewing bromeliads growing in the wild along the new Canopy Walk at Myakka River State Park. 



sarasota golf course Sarasota offers more than 30 golf courses sprinkled throughout the county, challenging all levels of play and budgets. Readers of Florida Golf News voted for the "Top 20 Southwest Regional Golf Courses", and 9 of those 20 are in the Sarasota area. Additionally, there are four local courses that are in the top 100 places to play in Florida. So grab your clubs and enjoy a round!

You will never experience a dull moment! Choose from a full array of entertainment offerings in Sarasota. Enjoy operas, live theater and the community’s own ballet and symphonies in intimate settings. Cinema ranges from mainstream to independent films and festivals. There are more than thirty galleries and museums to visit. One-of-a-kind gifts are abundant on St. Armands Circle and dining experiences are as varied as you would like. he intimate glow of candles, with gauzy white drapes fluttering in the tropical breeze at night.

Make it a day to stretch yourself with windsurfing lessons, parasailing, boating, or fishing for the big ones. There are plenty of great courts serving up tennis, and don't miss the opportunity for an autograph when Major League Baseball begins spring training.

boating in Sarasota

Home prices are very affordable. Condominiums and townhouses can be found beginning at $100,000 and running up to $3 million and more for large properties located in hi-rises on the coast. Single-family homes start at around $100,000 and range up to $5 million and more for estate properties with acreage located along the coast. There are many homes with gulf, bay and canal frontage as well as golf course and horse properties.

Sarasota Statistics

  • The state of Florida has no personal income tax!

  • Residents of Sarasota County benefit from a property tax millage rate that is among the lowest in the state.

  • The homestead exemption provision means that permanent residents don't pay taxes on the first $25,000 of their home's appraised value.

  • In almost every category, from groceries to healthcare, the daily cost of living in Sarasota County is lower than in most metro areas.

Population Projection: 2000: 327,608 Unemployment Rate: 3.1 percent
Median Age: 49 years Poverty Level: 10.7 percent
Median Household Income: $30,662 Retail Sales: $6.9 billion
County Cost-of-Living Rank: 5th College Graduates in County: 22 percent
Pop. in Cities: 83,247 Labor Force: 135,824
Pop. in Unincorporated Area: 197,527 Heath Care: 5 hospitals, 24 nursing homes
Type of Residence:
Fixed dwelling: 86.7%
Mobile Home: 13.3%
Voters, Major Parties:
Dem.: 63,540
Rep.: 114,491

Sarasota County

563 square miles
Avg. temps.: 61.5 Jan.; 80 Aug.
Avg. annual rain: 57.11 in.
1980  pop: 202,251
1990 pop.: 277,776
County seat: Sarasota


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