Senior Veteran Discount

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Discount for Veterans 65 and Older with a Combat-Related Disability

A veteran who is disabled, 65 or older, and owns homestead property may qualify for a property tax discount based on percent of disability. To be eligible, you must have an honorable discharge from military service, be partially disabled with a permanent service-connected disability, at least part of which is combat-related.


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Exemption Details


Amount:

Discount is given as a percentage discount equal to the veteran's service-connected disability rating


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 65 years old on January 1st

3) have been discharged under honorable conditions

4) be partially disabled with a permanent service-connected disability, at least part of which is combat-related


Documentation:

Veteran's Administration Combat Related Disability Document.


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 196.082


DOR Form(s):

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


PA Code(s):

V7


Note(s):

The requirement that the veteran was a resident of Florida at the time they entered the military was removed by an amendment to Florida Statute in November 2012.


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.)