The Constitution of the State of Florida provides that each person owning and occupying a home as of January 1st of each calendar year may file for and secure Homestead Exemption. This exemption is deducted from the assessed value of your home and has the effect of reducing the ad valorem real property taxes payable to the County Tax Collector.
Homestead Exemption can only be secured by filing written application with the County Property Appraiser prior to March 1st of each calendar year; therefore, if you have not already done so, may I urge you to file your application at your earliest possible convenience. This is a very simple process and you are only required to file once after you purchase your home. It will be renewed automatically each year thereafter. You can download the form for Homestead Exemption off of the property appraiser’s website and then appear in person at the Property Appraiser’s office which is located at 515 North Main Street, Suite 200. Their telephone is 374-5230 if you have any questions. For your protection, please make sure you only apply in person and do not file on line. The office is open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. If you fail to report your social security number on the form, you may be in jeopardy of losing your homestead exemption. To download the form or If you need more information, the property appraiser's website is:
Please remember to file for Homestead Exemption as soon as possible — February 29, 2019 is the last day and it will mean considerable tax savings for you! If I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.