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Online Exemption Filing


**NEW** -- The following verbiage has been added to the Welcome to Online Exemption Filing Page in order to clarify how to begin the process of filing


"Please review all information below, before starting the application process. Then click the "Get Started" button located at the bottom of this page."


In keeping with the Property Appraiser's goal of providing more efficient service, the online exemption filing application is now available.  

You can apply for the exemptions listed below online:

  • Homestead Exemption
  • Disability Exemptions
  • Senior Exemption (Age 65 and older)
  • Disabled Veteran Exemptions
  • Widow/Widower's Exemption



In order to complete the application process, each applicant must include no less than four (4) forms of Florida residency identification as listed below:



Forms of residency identification are:

    1. Social Security Card / Number (*** REQUIRED ***)
    2. Florida Driver's License or ID Card / Number (*** REQUIRED ***)


And any two of the following that includes the applicants name and the property for which permanent residency is being claimed:

    1. Florida Voter Registration Card / Number  (***PREFERRED***)
    2. Formal declaration of domicile recorded in the public record.
    3. School Location for dependent children
    4. Employment verification
    5. Florida Vehicle Registration
    6. Federal Income Tax Return
    7. Bank Statement
    8. Proof of payment for utilities (Electric, Cable, Gas, Satellite TV, Land Line Phone --- We will not accept Water Utility as proof)

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Filing Deadline: The deadline to file an exemption is March 1st.


Please note the following before you begin:


  1. Income limitations are provided by the state of Florida and are adjusted each year on January 1st according to changes in the consumer price index (CPI).  In order to qualify for exemptions that are income limited, you must provide income documentation.  Click here for the current income limitation rate.
  2. Supporting documentation is required for approval of each exemption.  You may either scan the necessary documents and upload them using the application or mail paper copies to our office.
  3. Florida law does not allow for dual exemptions.  Receiving more than one residency based exemption is considered fraud and penalties will apply if discovered.  You and/or your spouse must not be receiving a residency based exemption or benefit on any other property in Florida or in another state; such as but not limited to:


If you or your spouse own property in another state, verify with the local assessor that you are not receiving a residency benefit.  If you are, it must be canceled and evidence of cancellation must be provided in order to qualify for a Polk County exemption.

       

  1. Status changes (income, health, marriage, etc.) that affect your exemption eligibility must be reported to the Property Appraiser even if your exemption automatically renews every year.
  2. A person in this country under a temporary visa cannot meet the requirements of permanent residence and, therefore, cannot claim a Homestead Exemption.
  3. By giving someone your user name and password, you are giving them permission to file for your homestead on your behalf.
  4. Incomplete applications or applications submitted without the required documentation will not be approved.