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How to File for Homestead Exemption

Are you a homeowner in Florida looking to save on property taxes? Filing for a homestead tax exemption can help you do just that. Here’s what you need to know about the process.


What is Homestead Tax Exemption?

Homestead tax exemption is a legal provision that reduces the taxable value of your property by up to $50,000, making your property taxes lower. To qualify for homestead tax exemption, you must own and occupy your home as your primary residence as of January 1 of the tax year.


How to File for Homestead Tax Exemption in Florida?

To file for homestead tax exemption in Florida, you need to follow these steps:

Step 1: Gather Required Documents

To file for homestead tax exemption, you need to have the following documents:

  • Proof of Ownership: Deed, settlement statement or other official document proving ownership.
  • Proof of Residency: Florida driver’s license, voter registration card, or other official document that proves you live in the property as of January 1st.
  • Vehicle Registration: Florida vehicle registration with the address that matches the property’s address.

Step 2: Complete the Application

Once you have the required documents, you need to complete the application for homestead tax exemption. You can get the application from your county property appraiser’s office or download it from their website.

Step 3: Submit the Application

Submit the completed application to your county property appraiser’s office. The deadline to file for homestead tax exemption is March 1st of the tax year.

Step 4: Wait for Approval

The county property appraiser’s office will review your application and supporting documents. If everything is in order, they will approve your application and notify you of your homestead tax exemption status.

Benefits of Homestead Tax Exemption

The benefits of homestead tax exemption are:

  • Reduced property taxes: The taxable value of your property is reduced by up to $50,000, making your property taxes lower.
  • Protection from creditors: Homestead tax exemption provides limited protection from creditors by making a portion of your property off-limits to them.
  • Portability: You can transfer your homestead tax exemption to a new Florida home if you sell your existing home and buy a new one within 2 years.


Filing for homestead tax exemption in Florida is a simple process that can help you save on property taxes. Make sure you file before the March 1st deadline to take advantage of this valuable tax break.

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Posted by Austin Howland on April 25th, 2023 8:45 PM


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