Florida Statutes provides a number of ad valorem property tax exemptions, which will reduce the taxable value of a property. The most common real property exemption is the homestead exemption. Application for these exemptions must be made by March 1st of the year for which you apply. The initial application must be made in person at the Property Appraiser’s office.
Failure to apply for any exemption by March 1st constitutes a waiver of the exemption for that year. You as the property owner would then have to wait until the following year to apply. However, there are provisions within the statutes to allow for a late filing of applications for extenuating circumstances.
After the original application has been filed and approved, most exemptions are renewed automatically by the Property Appraiser. This automatic renewal helps to ensure you do not lose your exemption simply because you failed to renew one year. However, there are some exemptions that must be renewed annually by the property owner.
Below is a general list of property tax exemptions and reductions:
Homestead Exemption Portability
Additional Exemption for Persons 65 and Older (Senior Exemption)
Totally & Permanently Disabled Persons
Disabled Ex-Servicemember or Surviving Spouse
Totally & Permanently Disabled Veteran or Surviving Spouse
Disabled Veterans Confined to Wheelchairs
Surviving Spouse of Veteran Who Died While on Active Duty
Surviving Spouse of First Responder Who Died in the Line of Duty
Totally & Permanently Disabled First Responder or Surviving Spouse
Veterans Age 65 and Older With Combat-Related Disability
Religious, Literary, Scientific or Charitable
Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Homes for Special Services