§ 196.173 F.S. grants an additional ad valorem tax exemption on the homestead of servicemembers who were deployed in the preceding calendar year on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska or Hawaii in support of the following operations:
A copy of the servicemember's Deployment Order, listing deployment dates, must accompany the application. Additional documentation may be required if Deployment Order does not include beginning and ending date of deployment.
The following persons may file the Deployed Military Property Tax Exemption application:
This exemption does not renew automatically every year. Deployed servicemembers are required to apply each year as the number of days deployed on the prior year will vary.
How does the exemption work?
Deployed servicemembers are required to apply each year for this exemption. It is not a fixed amount; rather it is based on the ratio of deployed days to calendar days in the previous year. The ratio will be used to reduce the taxable value of the applicants homestead property in addition to any other exemptions they currently receive. The example below illustrates how the exemption is calculated:
Amendment 2, (see text below) passed by Florida voters in November, 2010, created an additional property tax exemption for certain deployed members of the US military. The Legislature enacted implementing legislation, CS/HB 1141, in its recent session and the Governor signed the bill on May 28, 2012.
Text of Amendment 2 to the Florida Constitution; Article 7 Section 3, “(g) By general law and subject to the conditions specified therein, each person who receives a homestead exemption as provided in section 6 of this article; who was a member of the United States military or military reserves, the United States Coast Guard or its reserves, or the Florida National Guard; and who was deployed during the preceding calendar year on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military operations designated by the legislature shall receive an additional exemption equal to a percentage of the taxable value of his or her homestead property. The applicable percentage shall be calculated as the number of days during the preceding calendar year the person was deployed on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military operations designated by the legislature divided by the number of days in that year.”