WHAT IS A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION?
Property taxes are calculated using the assessed value of your home. The Florida homestead exemption reduces the assessed value of your property, and therefore can save you money on property taxes.
DO I QUALIFY?
To qualify for the exemption, you must be a permanent resident of Florida, and the home must be your primary residence.
WHEN SHOULD I FILE?
You should file between January 1 and March 1 the year after purchasing a home. So if you purchased in 2020, you file between January 1 and... Today!
DO I NEED TO FILE EVERY YEAR?
You do not need to file every year, however, if your permanent residence changes, you will need to apply for the exemption on your new home by March 1 of the following year.
HOW MANY PROPERTIES CAN I CLAIM?
You can only claim a homestead exemption on ONE property at any given time, and it must be the home you reside in, not an investment property or a second home.
HOW DO I FILE?
To file, check with your county property appraiser’s office to see if you qualify as there are some exceptions. You Will Need The Following Documents: Florida Voters Registration (If you vote), Florida Driver License or Florida ID (If you do not drive), Florida Car Registration, Recorded Warranty Deed for Property, Social Security Number (For all Owners) and Immigration Documents (If not a U.S. Citizen).
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