Exemption Information
When to File Generally, initial application for property tax exemption must be made between January 1 and March 1 of the year for which the exemption is sought. Initial application should be made in person at the property appraiser's office. HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION, Up to $50,000 (Florida Statute 196.031): Every person who owns and resides on real property in Florida on January 1 and makes the property his or her permanent residence is eligible to receive a homestead exemption up to $50,000. The first $25,000 applies to all property taxes, including school district taxes. The additional exemption up to $25,000, applies to the assessed value between $50,000 and $75,000 and only to non- school taxes. If filing for the first time, be prepared to answer these questions: 1. In whose name or names was the title to the dwelling recorded as of January 1? 2. What is the street address of the property? 3. How long have you been a legal resident of the State of Florida? (A Declaration of Domicile or Voter's Registration will be proof of date before January 1.) 4. Do you have a Florida license plate on your car and a Florida driver's license? 5. Were you living in the dwelling on January 1? $500 Widow's and Widower's Exemption Any widow or widower who is a bona fide Florida resident may claim this exemption. On remarriage, the widow or widower is ineligible for the exemption. A person who is divorced before the spouse's death is not considered a widow or widower. $500 Disability Exemption A Florida resident who is totally and permanently disabled may qualify for this exemption. A certificate from a licensed Florida physician or the Social Security Administration is required to process this exemption. $5000 Veteran's Disability Exemption Any ex-service member disabled at least 10% in war or by service-connected misfortune is now entitled to this $5,000 exemption. Please bring documentation from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs when you file. $500 Exemption for Blind Persons A Florida resident who is blind may qualify for this exemption. If claiming exemption based on blindness, the applicant must have a certificate of blindness issued by the Division of Blind Services of the Department of Education, the Federal Social Security Administration, or the Veteran's Administration. Service Connected Total and Permanent Disability Exemption An honorably discharged veteran with service-connected total and permanent disability may qualify for total exemption of homesteaded real estate used and owned as a homestead, less any portion used for commercial purposes. An existing exemption can be transferred to a new qualifying residence. Under certain circumstances the benefit of this exemption can carry over to the surviving spouse. If filing for the first time, bring proof of your service connected disability: such as, a letter from the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs. Exemption for Totally and Permanently Disabled Persons 1. Real estate used and owned as a homestead by a quadriplegic, less any portion used for commercial purposes, is exempt from taxation. 2. Real estate used and owned as a homestead, less any portion used for commercial purposes, by a paraplegic, hemiplegic, or other totally and permanently disabled person, who must use a wheelchair for mobility or who is legally blind, is exempt from taxation. A person seeking exemption under number 2 above must meet gross income limitations. Gross income includes veterans' and social security benefits. The gross income of all persons residing in the homestead for the prior year cannot exceed an income limitation which is adjusted annually by the percentage change in the average cost-of-living index during the immediate prior year. If filing for the first time, a certificate of total and permanent disability from two licensed doctors of this state or from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs is required. Additional homestead exemption for persons 65 and older Additional homestead exemption for persons 65 and older In accordance with s. 6(f), Art. VII of the State Constitution, the board of county commissioners of any county or the governing authority of any municipality may adopt an ordinance to allow an additional homestead exemption of up to $25,000 for any person who has the legal or equitable title to real estate and maintains thereon the permanent residence of the owner, who has attained age 65, and whose household adjusted gross income does not exceed $28,841. The income limitation shall be adjusted annually, on January 1, by the percentage change in the average cost-of-living index during the immediate prior year.
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