Property Tax Exemptions in Florida

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Florida Homestead Information

A tax exemption is an exemption from all or certain taxes of a state or nation in which part of the taxes that would normally be collected from an individual or an organization are instead foregone.

In the United States the classic property tax exemption provided homeowners is the homestead exemption.

Every person who owns and resides on real property in Florida on January 1 and makes the property their permanent residence is eligible to receive a homestead exemption up to $50,000.  The first $25,000 applies to all property taxes, including school district taxes.  The additional exemption up to $25,000, applies to the assessed value between $50,000 and $75,000 and only to non-school taxes. 

If one spouse holds the title, the other spouse may file for the exemption with the consent of the titleholder.

If filing for the first time, be prepared to answer these questions:

  1. In whose name or names was the title to the dwelling recorded as of January 1?
  2. What is the street address of the property?
  3. How long have you been a legal resident of the State of Florida? (A Declaration of Domicile or Voter's Registration will be proof of date before January 1.)
  4. Do you have a Florida license plate on your car and a Florida driver's license?
  5. Were you living in the dwelling on January 1?

How Do I Qualify For Homestead,
Widow's, Widower's, Or Disability Exemption?

You must have legal or equitable title to the property and permanently reside thereon as of January 1. You should bring your deed, or instrument conveying title to the land, when filing for the exemption. Section 196.031(1), F.S., requires that the deed or instrument be recorded in Charlotte County's official records before a homestead exemption may be granted. Section 196.011(1)(b), F.S., requires applicants and their spouses, if any, to provide their social security numbers.

You must be a legal, permanent resident of Florida as of January 1 in order to qualify for a personal exemption.

Suggestions for proof of legal residence:

1. Voter registration or, if not a United States Citizen or you do not wish to register to vote, a Declaration of Domicile.

2. Declaration of Domicile filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court. (There is a nominal charge for recording.)

3. Florida driver's license (a "Valid in Florida Only" license is not acceptable).

4. Florida vehicle registration for all vehicles.

5. If property is owned by both husband and wife, Florida residency information should be provided for both.

Additional information necessary to qualify for homestead exemptions:

1. If not a U.S. citizen, a resident alien, "green" card. (Copy front and back)

2. If property is held in trust, a copy of the trust agreement or an "Affidavit As To Terms of Trust" as it applies to the homestead property.

3. If residence is a mobile home, the real property decal number and a copy of the mobile home's registration or title.

4. Social Security numbers for applicants. If married, you must also provide spouse's social security number.

5. Your most recent paid tax bill with parcel identification number or recorded deed or recorded contract for deed.


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