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 either download the form for Homestead Exemption off of the property appraiser's website which is acpafl.org/forms.html or 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. If you closed on your home within 60 days of the deadline, you must file in person at the property appraiser's office. 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. If you file on-line, always make a follow up phone call to assure that your form was received.
Please remember to file for Homestead Exemption as soon as possible - February 29th, 2017 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.