There are two deadlines which must be met in order to benefit from the Homestead Exemption:
1. In order to meet the qualification deadline for the exemption you must be a Florida resident and own and occupy the property as your permanent residence on January 1st of the year you claim the exemption. You may also qualify for the exemption if you have a beneficial interest in the property under a 98 year lease or a life estate.
2. In order to meet the application deadline you must apply by March 1st of the year for which you are claiming the exemption.
March 1 of each year is the last day to submit a timely filed homestead exemption application. Nevertheless, the property appraiser’s office will consider homestead exemption applications filed after the March 1 deadline. Applicants that would have otherwise qualified to receive the homestead exemption, but were not able to apply on time, may be granted the homestead exemption. Contact our office for more information.
When applying for the Homestead Exemption, you will need to provide several items listed below that serve as evidence of property ownership and Florida permanent residence.
IMPORTANT: Married couples are required to provide the following information for both spouses.
1. Evidence of ownership or beneficial interest – By the time you apply for the Homestead Exemption, it is very likely that your name will already be in our records showing you as the property owner. However, it is recommended that you bring with you a copy of one of the following if you are filing in person:
2. Evidence of permanent Florida Residence - All applicants must present:
And present, at minimum, one of the following plus previous residence information:
Or present, at minimum, two of the following plus previous residence information:
3. All applicants are required by Florida law to provide their Social Security Number, according to Florida Statute 196.011(1)(b). Married individuals must always provide this information for their spouse, whether or not the spouse’s name appears on the deed.
4. If you are a Permanent Resident Alien and not a U.S. Citizen, you will need to show your Alien Registration Card (Green Card).
** IMPORTANT NOTE FOR APPLICANTS: Our office may request further information to verify an applicant's status.**
Disabled Veterans Homestead Property Tax Discount - % Discount
Any Veteran age 65 and older may qualify for a homestead property tax discount when the veteran:
The discount is equal to the percentage of the veteran’s permanent service connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Total and Permanent Disability Exemption (Service Connected) – Ad Valorem Taxes Waived
Any honorably discharged veteran with a service connected total and permanent disability, surviving spouse of the qualifying veteran as well as the spouse of the veteran who died from service connected causes while on active duty as a member of the United States Armed Forces are entitled to an exemption on real estate used and owned as a homestead less any portion thereof used for commercial purposes.
Total and Permanent Disability Exemption (Non Service Connected) – Ad Valorem Taxes Waived
1. Any real estate used and owned as a homestead, less any portion thereof used for commercial purposes by any quadriplegic shall be exempt from taxation.
2. Any real estate used and owned as a homestead, less any portion thereof used for commercial purposes, by a paraplegic, hemiplegic or other totally and permanently disabled person, as defined in Section 196.012(11), F.S., who must use a wheelchair for mobility or who is legally blind, shall be exempt from taxation.
A person who is a permanent resident of Florida is eligible to receive the following exemptions on any ONE property which they own in Florida. Residence on the property is not required to obtain these exemptions.
Widow/Widower Exemption - $500
Any widow or widower who is a permanent resident of Florida may claim this exemption. If you receive this exemption and remarry, you will no longer be entitled to this benefit. You must have been legally married to the deceased at the time of their death. An application must be filed for this exemption and a copy of the Death Certificate may also be required.
Disability Exemption - $500
Every Florida resident who is totally and permanently disabled qualifies for this exemption. If applying for the first time, please present at least one of the following as proof of your disability:
Blind Disability Exemption - $500
Every Florida resident who is blind qualifies for this exemption. Any ONE of the following documents would confirm the applicant’s claim:
“Blind person” is defined as an individual having central vision acuity 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting glasses, or a disqualifying field defect in which the peripheral field has contracted to such an extent that the widest diameter or visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than twenty degrees.
Disabled Veteran - $5000
Any ex-service member who is a permanent resident of Florida and is disabled at least 10% in war or by service-connected disability is entitled to this exemption. Any one of the following documents which provide the disability rating would evidence entitlement to this exemption:
Under certain circumstances the benefit of this exemption can carry over to the veteran’s spouse in the event of the veteran’s death.