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Homestead Exemption

Homestead exemption is definitely something that you should file on your primary residence. It saves you hundreds of dollars on your tax bill each year! Below is information from the property appraiser's website about the exemption.

What is homestead exemption?
The Florida Constitution provides for a $25,000 exemption in assessed value for Florida homeowners. In 2008 the exemption resulted in a savings up to $485 in Leon County. Effective January 1, 2008, there is an additional $25,000 exemption on Non-School taxes for the valuation between $50,000 and $75,000. This worth up to $290 in Leon County.
May I file for homestead exemption on-line?
Go to this page: http://www.leonpa.org/documents.html to access the 2010 homestead exemption application form and filing instructions. In order to pre-file this application for 2010, you may mail the completed, signed application, along with copies of the required documentation. Follow the instructions on the "Homestead Application Instructions" page.
If I move to another residence, is the homestead exemption automatically transferred to my new home?
No. Exemptions are NOT automatically transferred. In order for you to receive the exemption on your new home you must apply on or before March 1st.
When and how do I qualify for homestead?
You may apply for homestead exemption year round, in the Property Appraiser's office on the 3rd floor of the courthouse annex, located in the Bank of America Plaza, 315 S. Calhoun Street between 8 and 5 on weekdays. March 1st is the deadline for each year's tax roll, but you may pre-file for the following year. Saturday filing is offered in the Tallahassee Mall, each Saturday in February from 10am to 2pm. They also visit several other locations throughout the county on Tuesdays in February from 3pm to 7pm. Call the office, 488-6102 for locations.
What is the deadline for applying for homestead exemption?
March 1.
What should a homeowner bring with them when they come to apply?
You should bring the social security numbers for all applicants and two forms of proof of Florida residency, such as driver's license, vehicle tag registration, or voter's registration.
Is it necessary to apply for homestead exemption each year?
No, once you make application you will receive an automatic renewal card as long as you live on that property. However, if you move, or there is a change of ownership, it is necessary to make a new application.
Is it necessary for both husband and wife to make the application ?
Yes, both husband and wife must apply.
Are there other exemptions?
Yes. Qualified Florida residents may also apply for widows, widowers, and certain disability exemptions. They are listed along with the eligibility requirements on our “Forms” link. Look under the caption “Eligibility Criteria to Qualify for Property Tax Exemption.” Please call our office for additional information regarding filing requirements.
I'm over 65; don't I get a "Senior Citizen" exemption?
The Leon County Commission and the City Commission have adopted ordinances providing an additional $25,000 homestead exemption for low-income homeowners (total household income of less than approximately $25,873), who are age 65 and over. The tax savings is approximately $289.

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