Florida Homestead Exemption

Florida Homestead Exemption

Florida Homestead Exemption - As a Resident

Florida Homestead ExemptionAs a resident of Florida, you may apply for a special property tax exemption on your homestead. Property which you use as your permanent residence, may qualify for a homestead exemption. If granted, this exemption would reduce the taxable value of your property by up to $50,000.

This exemption would provide you with a substantial savings on the taxes levied against your homestead by all taxing authorities.

Pursuant to State Law, regular filing for this exemption begins on January 1 and ends on March 1 each year.

Florida Homestead Exemption - Proof of Residency

Proof of Florida Residency must be provided when applying for the Homestead Exemption.

  1. Florida Voter's Registration (if you vote)

  2. Florida Drivers License (if you drive)

  3. Florida Registration for Car (if you own a car)

  4. Recorded Deed for Property

  5. Current Electrical Receipt for Service in Your Name Prior to January 1

  6. Social Security Number (all owners)
All items must be obtained before January 1, of the year you file. Bring all of the above for all owners appearing on the deed. If you do not vote, drive, or own a car, a declaration of domicile can prove Florida residency. As of January 1, 1995, all applicants are required to sign the application for Florida Homestead Exemption.

The Legislature has provided relief in the form of tax deferment for those owning homestead property who may need it. Please contact the Tax Collector for details.

AMENDMENT 10 - Effective January 1, 1994. Limits assessment increases on most Homestead property to the lesser of the Cost of Living Index or 3%.

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