Homestead Exemption Section 196.031, F.S.
person who has legal or equitable title to real property in the State of
Florida and who resides thereon and in good faith makes it his or her permanent
home is eligible to receive a homestead exemption of up to $50,000. The first
$25,000 applies to all property taxes. The additional $25,000 applies to any
assessed value over $50,000 and only to non-school taxes. First time applicants
are required to furnish their social security number, and should have available
evidence of ownership i.e., deed, contract, etc. If title is held by the
husband alone, a wife may file for him, with his consent, and vice versa.
If filing for the first time, be
prepared to provide the following information declaring that you were living in
the dwelling which is being claimed for homestead exemption on January 1:
Description (Deed or Tax Bill).
B. If a Mobile Home, provide a copy of the registration(s) or title(s).
C. If in a Recreational Vehicle Park, provide a copy of the registration or
D. Florida Driver's License(s). If married, provide the husband's and wife's.
E. Florida Vehicle Tag Registration(s).
F. Okeechobee County Voter's Registration Card(s), or, a Declaration(s) of
Domicile filed with the Okeechobee County Clerk's office, with the current
G. If not an American citizen, we must see the Resident Alien card(s).
H. Social Security Card(s) or number(s).
Homestead Exemption Portability Section 196.031, F.S.
applicant will have to fill out Form DR-501T, “Transfer of Homestead Assessment
Difference,” in the office of the property appraiser of the county in which
their new home is located. Required information on this form includes the date
that the previous homestead was sold or no longer used as a homestead, the
address and parcel identification number of the previous homestead, a list of
all other owners of the previous homestead, an affirmative statement that none
of the previous owners remained in the homestead and continued to receive a
homestead exemption, and a sworn statement that he or she received the
homestead exemption on the previous parcel. Form DR-501, “Original Application
for Ad Valorem Tax Exemption” should also be completed to apply for the
homestead exemption on the new homestead.
Disabled Veterans Homestead Property Tax Discount Section
age 65 and older may qualify for a homestead property tax discount if the
veteran has an honorable discharge from military service, is partially disabled
with a permanent service connected disability that is combat-related, and was a
Florida resident at the time of entering military service. The discount is
equal to the percentage of the veteran’s permanent service connected disability
as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
$5,000 Widow’s Exemption Section 196.202, F.S.
Any widow who is a permanent Florida
resident may claim this exemption. If the widow remarries, she is no longer
eligible. If the husband and wife were divorced before his death, the woman is
not considered a widow. You may be asked to file a death certificate with the
Okeechobee County Clerk of Court when filing for the first time.
$5,000 Widower’s Exemption Section 196.202, F.S.
Any widower who is a permanent
Florida resident may claim this exemption. If the widower remarries he is no
longer eligible. If the husband and wife were divorced before her death, the
man is not considered a widower. You may be asked to file a death certificate with
the Okeechobee County Clerk of Court when filing for the first time.
$5,000 Disability Exemption Section 196.202, F.S.
Every Florida resident who is totally
and permanently disabled qualifies for this exemption. If filing for the first
time, please present at least one of the following as proof of your disability:
A certificate from a licensed Florida physician, or a certificate from the
United States Department of Veterans Affairs, or documentation from the Social
$5,000 Disabled Veteran Section 196.24, F.S.
Any ex-service member who is a
permanent resident of Florida and is disabled at least 10% in war or by
service-connected misfortune is entitled to a $5,000 exemption. If filing for
the first time, please present a certificate from the United States Government.
Under certain circumstances the benefit of this exemption can carry over to the
veteran’s spouse in the event of the veteran’s death. Consult your appraiser
$5,000 Exemption for Blind Persons Section
Florida resident who is blind qualifies for this exemption. If claiming
exemption based on blindness, a certificate from the Division of Blind Services
of the Department of Education or the United States Department of Veterans
Affairs or the Federal Social Security Administration certifying the applicant
to be blind is required. “Blind person” is defined as an individual having
central vision acuity 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting glasses,
or a disqualifying field defect in which the peripheral field has contracted to
such an extent that the widest diameter or visual field subtends an angular
distance no greater than twenty degrees.
Statute 196.011(11) mandates that Social Security numbers of the applicant and
the applicant's spouse, if any, be provided on new exemption applications for
them to be deemed complete. For exemptions already granted, Social Security
numbers must be furnished by January 1, 2000 for the exemptions to remain in
effect for year 2000 and beyond. This information is safeguarded as
Total and Permanent Disabled First Responder Exemption Section 196.102, F.S. Applies only to Homestead Property
Any real estate that is owned and used as a homestead by a person who has a total and permanent disability
as a result of an injury or injuries sustained in the line of duty while serving as a first responder in this state or during an operation in another state or country authorized by this state or a political subdivision of this state is exempt from taxation if the first responder is a permanent resident of this state on January 1 of the year for which the exemption is being claimed.
Service-connected total and permanent disability exemption Section 196.081, 196.24 F.S. Applies only to Homestead
Any honorably discharged veteran
with a service connected total and permanent disability, surviving spouses of
qualifying veterans and spouses of Florida resident veterans who died from
service-connected causes while on active duty as a member of the United States
Armed forces are entitled to an exemption on real estate used and owned as a
homestead less any portion thereof used for commercial purposes.
Persons entitled to this exemption
must have been a permanent resident of this state as of January 1st of the year
of assessment. Under certain
circumstances the benefit of this exemption can carry over to the veteran’s
spouse in the event of the veteran’s death.
The unremarried surviving spouse of such a disabled ex-service member
who, on the date of the disabled ex-service member's death, had been married to
the disabled ex-service member for at least 5 years is also entitled to the
If filing for the first time, please
bring a certificate from the United States Government or United States
Department of Veterans Affairs as your proof of a service-connected disability
or death of your spouse while on active duty.
Exemption for totally and permanently disabled persons Section 196.101, F.S.
Applies only to Homestead Property
1. Any real estate used and owned as
a homestead, less any portion thereof used for commercial purposes by any
quadriplegic shall be exempt from taxation.
2. Any real
estate used and owned as a homestead, less any portion thereof used for
commercial purposes, by a paraplegic, hemiplegic or other totally and
permanently disabled person, as defined in Section 196.012(11), F.S., who must
use a wheelchair for mobility or who is legally blind, shall be exempt from
taxation. Persons entitled to the exemption under number two (2) above, must be
a permanent resident of the State of Florida as of January 1st of the year of
assessment. Also, the prior year gross income of all persons residing in or
upon the homestead shall not exceed the amount of income, set forth in section
196.101(4), F.S., adjusted annually by the percentage change of the average
cost of living index issued by the United States Department of Labor. Gross
income shall include United States Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and
any social security benefits paid to the person. A statement of gross income must accompany the application. If filing for the first time, please bring a
certificate from two (2) licensed doctors of this state (for the legally blind,
one of the two certificates may be from a licensed optometrist of this state)
or a certificate (per s. 196.091, F.S.) from the United States Department of
Local Option Homestead for Persons 65 and Older Low-Income Senior Citizen Exemption Section 196.075 (4)(d), F.S.
Some city or county governments have enacted a local ordinance allowing an added homestead exemption up to $50,000.
To qualify you must:
- Be 65 or older,
- Submit a statement of income (Form DR-501SC) and meet the income limit, and
- Have legal or equitable title to a home you make your
The household income limit is adjusted each year on
January 1, according to changes in the consumer price index (CPI). It compares
the prior year cost-of-living with the year before. See the current income limit for this exemption and more information on the
Deployed Military Exemption Deployed Military Exemption Section 196.173, F.S.
A member or former member of any branch of the United States military or
military reserves, the United States Coast Guard or its reserves, or the Florida
National Guard may receive an exemption on this year’s tax bill if he or
- received a homestead exemption last year,
- was deployed during the last calendar year outside the
continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii in support of a designated
operation (each year the Florida legislature designates operations for this
- submits an application, Form DR-501M, to the property appraiser.
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The percent of the taxable value that is exempt for the
current year is determined by the percent of time during the last year when the
service member was deployed on a designated operation
Religious, Literary, Scientific or Charitable Exemption Sections 196.195,
196.196, 196.197, 196.2001, 196.2002 F.S.
Applicants requesting exemption
shall supply such fiscal and other records showing in reasonable detail the
financial condition, record of operation, and exempt and nonexempt uses of the
property, where appropriate, for the immediately preceding fiscal year as are
requested by the property appraiser or the value adjustment board. Specific
criteria has been established for determining whether an applicant for a
religious, literary, scientific, or charitable exemption under this chapter is
a nonprofit or profit making venture or whether the property is used for a
profit making purpose. For a complete description of these criteria and the
associated determining factors, please see the referenced Florida Statutes. No
application for exemption may be granted for religious, literary, scientific,
or charitable use of property until the applicant has been found by the
property appraiser or, upon appeal, by the value adjustment board to be
nonprofit as defined in this section.
Charter School Facilities Exemption Sections 196.1983 F.S.
exemption from ad valorem taxes. The owner of the property shall disclose to a
charter school the full amount of the benefit derived from the exemption and
the method for ensuring that the charter school receives such benefit. The
charter school shall receive the full benefit derived from the exemption
through either an annual or monthly credit to the charter school's lease
Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Homes for Special Services Sections 196.197 F.S.
for exempting property used by hospitals, nursing homes, and homes for special
services. (1) The applicant must be a Florida corporation not for profit that
has been exempt as of January 1 of the year for which exemption from ad valorem
property taxes is requested from federal income taxation by having qualified as
an exempt organization under the provisions of s. (2) In determining the extent
of exemption to be granted to institutions licensed as hospitals, …
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