What is Homestead Exemption?
When someone owns property and makes it his or her permanent residence or the permanent residence of his or her dependent, the property owner may be eligible to receive a homestead exemption that would decrease the property’s taxable value by as much as $50,000. This exemption qualifies the home for the Save Our Homes assessment limitation meaning the homesteaded portion of your property can only increase by a maximum of 3% or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. While the exemption is nontransferable, a homeowner may be able to transfer or “port” all or part of the assessment difference to a new Florida homestead. For more information about portability please click here.
How do I qualify?
To qualify for Homestead Exemption you must have legal title to the property and make it your primary residence as of January 1st. You cannot claim more than one Homestead Exemption and it is important to note that a married couple is considered one family unit which is entitled to only one Homestead Exemption.
How do I apply?
You can apply for Homestead Exemption by completing the application on this page and mailing it to our office or visit our location to apply in person. All exemption applications are due by March 1st. To apply, you will need the following documentation for all applicants:
- Driver's Licenses that shows correct homestead address
- Voter's Registration that shows correct homestead address; If registered to vote
- Social Security number
- Date of Birth
- Florida Car Registration
- Address listed on applicant's IRS returns
- Place of Employment
Your Homestead Exemption will be renewed automatically on an annual basis. At the beginning of every year you will receive a Homestead renewal card stating your exemptions are scheduled to be renewed. If you no longer qualify for any of the exemptions listed, please contact us promptly or mail us the signed Homestead card requesting the exemption to be removed.