Deployed Military Exemption

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Deployed Military Exemption

A member or former member of any branch of the United States military or military reserves, the United States Coast Guard or its reserves, or the Florida National Guard may receive an exemption on this year's tax bill if he or she: receives a Homestead Exemption,  was deployed during the last calendar year outside the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii in support of a designated operation (each year the Florida legislature designates operations for this exemption), and submits an application, Form DR-501M, to the Property Appraiser.  The percent of the taxable value that is exempt for the current year is determined by the percent of time during the last year when the service member was deployed on a designated operation.


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Exemption Details


Amount:

The percent of the taxable value that is exempt for the current year is determined by the percent of time during the last year when the service member was deployed


How to Apply:

Apply in person, or using mail / fax / email.  At this time, you CANNOT apply for this exemption with the Online Exemption Filing Application


Eligibility:

The applicant must:

1)  qualify for and receive Homestead Exemption

2)  be a member or former member of any branch of the United States military or military reserve

3)  must have been deployed during the preceding calendar year on active duty outside the United States on a qualifying deployment


Documentation:

Veteran's Administration DD214 - Certificate of Release / Discharge -- OR -- comparable document showing operation, deployment date, and return date.


How to Renew:

Re-apply annually


Florida Statute(s):

FS 196.173


DOR Form(s):

If submitted by mail/fax or in person Department of Revenue Form DR-501M


PA Code(s):

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Note(s):

Service members who can't file a Homestead Exemption claim in person because of a service obligation may file the claim through next of kin or through any other person who has been authorized in writing to file on behalf of the service member. (See section 196.071, Florida Statutes.)


When a person serving in the Armed Forces owns a property and uses it as a homestead, the service member may rent the homestead without abandoning the claim to the Homestead Exemption. (See section 196.061, Florida Statutes.)