Florida Homestead Exemption Application Deadline

Attention new Florida homeowners!

If you’ve recently purchased a home and have yet to apply for your Florida Homestead Tax Exemption, the deadline to submit your application to the Property Appraiser’s office is March 1.

Important Florida Homestead Exemption FAQs include:

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What is the Florida Homestead Exemption?

In Florida, each property incurs property taxes based on its assessed value. 

Generally speaking, exemptions reduce the assessed value of a property, which in turn reduces the amount of taxes due. 

In Florida, special homestead exemptions apply to your permanent residence (i.e. homestead).  These homestead exemptions are very beneficial to homeowners, so it’s important to make sure you apply timely.

 

Who can apply for the Florida Homestead Exemption?

Homestead exemptions only apply to the primary residence of permanent Florida residents who lived in the home on January 1 of the year for which the Florida Homestead Exemption application is being submitted. 

Therefore, if you purchased your home after January 1, 2021, you may not be eligible for the homestead exemption for 2021.  Instead, your exemption may begin in 2022, so long as you apply prior to March 1, 2022.

Florida law also allows the homestead exemption to be applied if the property is owned by a living trust if it includes specific language.  However, if the property is owned by a business entity, such as a corporation or limited liability company, then the Florida homestead exemption will not apply.

 

Can the Florida Homestead Exemption be transferred?

Usually, married individuals or joint tenants with rights of survivorship may transfer the Florida homestead exemption rights between each other without having to reapply – so long as the property remains the primary residence, that is!

 

How much does the Florida Homestead Exemption reduce the property’s assessed value?

In Florida, an exemption of $25,000 is applied to the first $50,000 of a homestead property’s assessed value.  This is commonly referred to as the “basic exemption”. 

An additional exemption of up to $25,000 may be applied if the property’s assessed value is between $50,000 and $75,000.

An additional benefit is that homes that qualify for the Florida homestead exemption have the increase in the yearly assessed value capped at 3% of the prior year’s assessment.

 

Are there any other exemptions for which a homestead property owner may qualify?

Certain individuals may qualify for additional exemptions beyond the basic $25,000 exemption.  They include, but are not limited to, the following groups:

  • Active-duty military personnel
  • Surviving spouses of veterans
  • Disabled individuals
  • Disabled veterans, law enforcement agents and first responders
  • Elderly individuals with limited income

 

What kind of homes qualify for the Florida Homestead Exemption?

If your home is your primary residence, then it should qualify for the Florida homestead exemption. 

However, there is an exception for mobile homes situated on land that is not also owned by the mobile homeowner. 

Vacation homes or investment property are also excluded.

 

Must a homeowner apply each year for the Florida Homestead Exemption?

Once you are approved for the homestead exemption, there is no need to reapply since it is renewed automatically each year. 

Therefore, if the property remains your homestead and you have not moved, then you do not need to apply again.

 

How do I apply for my Florida Homestead Exemption?

The process may vary from county to county. 

It’s best to contact the county in which your property is located for information about filing your application.

For more information regarding the specific requirements for applying for the homestead exemption in South Florida, here are the links to the property appraiser websites for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

 

If you need help applying for your Florida homestead exemption, contact us to see how best we can help!

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