How to Accurately Fill Out the Homestead Exemption Application for Florida

You may be eligible for property tax relief through Florida's Homestead Exemption program. You must own your own home and live there on a permanent basis; rental properties will not qualify. Depending on the type of exemption for which you qualify, you can reduce your home's assessed value by up to $50,000, which will lower your property tax bill. You may qualify for a disability exemption, widow's exemption or a blindness exemption.

Indicate the tax year and the county in which you reside at the top of the application. Indicate whether this is a new application, an application to apply for an additional exemption, or if you are filing to alter a previous application. Write down your property identification number in the space provided at the top of the form.

Write your full name and address in the space provided. If you have a co-applicant, such as a spouse, provide his name as well. Provide your Social Security number in the appropriate space.

Write a brief description of your property underneath the words “Legal Description.” For example, indicate if the property is a mobile home.

Indicate your marital status by checking the appropriate circle. Indicate whether you filed for a tax exemption last year and if so, where.

Check the appropriate box for the type of exemption you wish to obtain. For instance, you might request a widower's exemption or a disabled veteran's exemption.

Provide your property ownership information. If you share ownership of the property, indicate your percentage of ownership. Provide the type of deed and the date of the deed.

Provide information about all owners of the property in the spaces provided. Indicate the dates of occupancy, driver's license numbers, Florida voter registration numbers, dates of birth and employment information.

Write your signature and the date on the appropriate line. If you have a co-applicant, he must also sign.

Make a copy of your and your co-applicant's Social Security cards, Florida driver's licenses, tax bill or recorded deed, and permanent residence cards, if applicable. Submit your application and all documents to your county's property appraiser no later than March 1.

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