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Available Exemptions Homestead Exemption Military Homestead Exemption Senior Exemption Widow/Widower Exemption HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION INFORMATION Download the Declaration of Domicile Form. Other Forms available on Forms Download page. What is the Homestead Exemption? A homestead exemption reduces the taxable value of the property that you use as your permanent residence by an amount up to $50,000. This represents a substantial savings on the taxes levied against your property by the various taxing authorities. Who May File. Every person who has legal or equitable title to real property in Florida and who has recorded the title instrument in the public records of the county where application is made. The applicant must reside on the property as of January 1st and must in good faith, make it their permanent residence to be eligible. For example, if you were residing in your permanent residence on January 1, 2014, then you are eligible for a 2014 homestead exemption. When to File. Exemption applications must be made prior to March 1st for the tax year eligible. For example, if you are living in your permanent home on January 1, 2014 then you have until the close of business of March 1, 2014 to file your homestead exemption for that year. Failure to make application by March 1 of the tax year shall constitute a waiver of the exemption privilege for that year. Homestead exemption applications may be filed after March 1, but the exemption will be applied in the next tax year. For example, if you move into your permanent home afterJanuary 1, 2013 you may file for your 2014 exemption anytime from January 2, 2013 through March 1, 2014. Where to Apply. Property Appraiser’s Office, 3115-A Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville, FL 32326 First Time Applicants. First-time applicants must come in person to file their application. You may print and complete the homestead exemption application at the ''Forms'' section of this web site. However, the application and required supporting documentation must be brought to one of the two above listed locations. Only one signature is required for joint owners who are married with the same last name; however, all documentation listed below must be provided. All signatures are necessary if owners who occupy the home have different last names. The Following Information Is Required. 1. Recorded Warranty Deed or last tax bill. 2. Florida Driver License reflecting current residential address: all joint owners who reside on the property need Florida Driver Licenses. (Valid in Florida Only licenses are NOT sufficient). 3. Florida Vehicle Registrations reflecting current residential address. All vehicles owned by the applicants must have resident Florida registrations. This also applies to military personnel. Leased vehicles and nonresident registrations CAN NOT be accepted. 4. Social Security Numbers. Social Security numbers are required for all owners listed on the deed. 5. Declaration of Domicile or Florida Voter Registration Card reflecting current residential address. If an owner does not have a car registered in their name, one of these documents will be required as proof of residency. Renewal. The Property Appraisers Office will mail you a renewal card each year in January. Please read the instructions carefully and be sure to comply with deadlines. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS If I buy a property, which currently has a homestead exemption, do I get the benefit of that exemption for the remainder of the year? If I buy a new home, may I transfer my homestead exemption? Do I have to be a citizen to qualify? What if the property is in a trust? Can I get a homestead exemption on a mobile home? If I buy a property, which currently has a homestead exemption, do I get the benefit of that exemption for the remainder of the year? If the seller had homestead exemption, the buyer may have the advantage of the seller's homestead exemption for the remainder of the sale year. However, the ''carried over'' homestead exemption will be removed as of December 31st of the sale year. The new owner must apply by the deadline for homestead exemption in their name for the following year. For example, if you purchase a homesteaded home in June of 2013, you will get the benefit of the previous owner's homestead exemption until December 31, 2013. For 2014, you must file an original homestead exemption application by March 1, 2014. Back to Top | Back to FAQ If I buy a new home, may I transfer my homestead exemption? If you currently have a homestead exemption and purchased a new home in the same county, you must come into the office to do a transfer. A deed to the new property and a former tax bill or homestead card from the old property will be required. Additional documents will be required if the named property owners differ from one property's title to the other. Please call for details for your specific case. Back to Top | Back to FAQ Do I have to be a citizen to qualify? Citizenship is not a requirement to file for homestead exemption. However, an applicant who is not a U.S. citizen must prove that they have permanent residency status when they apply. Please bring your INS issued permanent residency photo ID card when filing a homestead application. Back to Top | Back to FAQ What if the property is in a trust? The applicant must furnish this office with a copy of the trust agreement. Florida law specifies those situations under which the resident may obtain homestead exemption. The Florida Constitution requires that the homestead claimant have legal title or beneficial title in equity to the property. Back to Top | Back to FAQ Can I get a homestead exemption on a mobile home? Yes, if you possess a mobile home Real Property (RP) decal and own the land. When applying, you must bring in the title or registration to the mobile home. Back to Top | Back to FAQ Military Homestead Exemptions Active-duty military members may retain their homestead exemption when stationed out of the area on official PCS orders. Applicants must meet homestead eligibility, maintain Florida residency, maintain a valid Florida driver license, and the homestead must have been in place before leaving the area. The homestead must be renewed annually. Our office will mail you the appropriate forms to the latest address that we have on record. Back to Top Senior Exemption Who may Apply? Florida residents who have a homestead exemption may qualify for an additional $50,000 of homestead exemption if they meet the following criteria: 1. Been approved for the $50,000 homestead exemption. 2. Be at least 65 years of age as of January the 1st of the year they want to file. 3. Have a total household adjusted gross income that does not exceed the limit announced by the State of Florida each January. Household. A ''Household'' is a person or group of persons living together in a room or groups of rooms as a housing unit but does not include those person(s) boarding in or renting a portion of the dwelling. Household Adjusted Gross Income. The sum of income for all members of the household. For the purposes of applying for this exemption, it is the adjusted gross income figure that is calculated and reported on the Federal Income Tax return of all household members. The Exemption Does Not Apply to All Taxing Authorities. This exemption only applies to the county and to those municipalities who pass an ordinance authorizing this exemption. This exemption does not apply to agencies such as fire districts, water management and the school district. Where to Apply. Property Appraiser’s Office, 3115A Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville, FL 32326 You must apply in person. Bring with you proof of your age, and copies of any federal income tax returns, and any wage and earning documents for each member of the household. Back to Top Widow/Widower Exemption $500 Widow Exemption. Any widow who is a permanent Florida resident may claim this exemption. If the widow remarries, she is no longer eligible. If the husband and wife were divorced before his death, the woman is not considered a widow. You will be required to produce a death certificate when filing for the first time. You must file your application in person at one of the two Property Appraiser's Office locations. $500 Widower Exemption. Any widower who is a permanent Florida resident may claim this exemption. If the widower remarries he is no longer eligible. If a husband and wife were divorced before her death, the man is not considered a widower. You will be required to produce a death certificate when filing the first time. You must file your application in person at one of the two Property Appraiser's Office locations.
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