Homestead Tax Exemption – Florida

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Homestead Exemption Overview

In the state of Florida, every person who has legal or equitable title to real property in the State of Florida and who resides thereon and in good faith makes it his or her permanent home is eligible to receive a homestead exemption of up to $50,000. The first $25,000 applies to all property taxes. The additional $25,000 applies to any assessed value over $50,000 and only to non-school taxes. First time applicants are required to furnish their social security number, and should have available evidence of ownership i.e., deed, contract, etc. If title is held by the husband alone, a wife may file for him, with his consent, and vice versa.

When to Apply: 

Application for all exemptions must be made between January 1 and March 1 of the tax year. However, at the option of the property appraiser, original homestead exemption applications may be accepted after March 1, but will apply to the succeeding year. Application should be made to the property appraiser’s office. Subsequent yearly renewal of exemption status may be made by mail. Failure to make application by March 1 of the tax year shall constitute a waiver of the exemption privilege for that year

Where to Apply: 

The application for homestead exemption (Form DR- 501) and other exemption forms are on the Department’s forms page and on most property appraisers’ websites. Submit your homestead application to your county property appraiser. Click here for list of county property appraiser contact and website information: https://floridarevenue.com/property/Pages/LocalOfficials.aspx

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