Every person who has legal or equitable title to real property in the State of Florida and who resides on the property on January 1 and in good faith makes it his or her permanent home is eligible for a homestead tax exemption. If title is held by the husband alone, a wife may file for him, with his consent, and vice-versa. If property is held by the entireties, one spouse may file as agent for the other.
If filing for the first time, be prepared to answer these questions:
In whose name or names was the title to the dwelling recorded as of January 1?
What is the street address of the property?
How long have you been a legal resident of the State of Florida? (A Declaration of Domicile or Voter’s Registration will be proof of date before January 1.)
Do you have a Florida license plate on your car and a Florida driver’s license?
Were you living in the dwelling on January 1?
The Florida Department of Revenue offers homestead tax exemptions for the following:
– $25,000 Homestead Exemption
– $500 Widow’s and Widower’s Exemption
– $500 Disability Exemption
– $5,000 Disability Exemption for Ex-service member
– $500 Exemption for Blind Persons
– Service Connected Total and Permanent Disability Exemption
– Exemption for Totally and Permanently Disabled Persons
– Additional homestead exemption for persons 65 and older
– Homestead Property Tax Discount For Veterans Age 65 and Older With a Combat Related Disability
The Department of Revenue in Florida also allows:
– Homestead Tax Deferral
– Installment Plans for Paying Property Taxes.