Homestead Exemption

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Every person who owns and resides on real property in Florida on January 1st and makes the property his or her permanent residence is eligible to receive a Homestead Exemption up to $50,000. The first $25,000 applies to all property taxes, including school district taxes. The additional exemption up to $25,000, applies to the assessed value between $50,000 and $75,000 and only to non-school taxes.

See section 196.031, Florida Statutes for more information.


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Exemption Details


Amount:

up to $50,000


How to Apply:

Apply using the Online Exemption Filing Application.  You may also apply in person or by mail / fax / email.


Eligibility:

Applicant must have legal or equitable title to the property as of January 1st.  Property owner and spouse (if married) must also occupy the home and consider it their primary residence as of January 1st.


Documentation:

Proof of FL residency (FL Driver License, Utility Bill, School Location, Bank Account Address, etc.)


How to Renew:

If approved, this exemption will renew automatically every year as long as the  use of the property and/or the ownership status does not change.


Florida Statute(s):

FS 196.031,  F.S.196.031(1)(b)


DOR Form(s):

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


PA Code(s):

HX, HB, HF


Note(s):

If moving from a previous FL homestead to a new homestead in FL, you may be able to transfer, or “port,” all or part of your homestead assessment difference. Read more on portability here.


F.S.196.131(2) Any person who knowingly and willfully gives false information for the purpose of claiming Homestead Exemption as provided for in this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided by F.S. 775.082 (term of imprisonment not exceeding one year) or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.


F.S.191.161(1)(b) Any property owner who knowingly received Homestead Exemption and was not entitled thereto for ten (10) prior years, is subject to a fine plus penalties for any or all of the prior ten years.