If you expect to qualify for a property tax break next year, file now and avoid the last-minute rush, Polk County Property Appraiser Marsha Faux advises.
Property owners must file by March 1 to receive homestead, portability, widow, widower, disability, veterans, deployed military, senior (over 65), conservation, religious, and charitable exemptions as well as make applications for agricultural classification.
In addition, two new exemptions for people with combat-related disabilities and for surviving spouses of first responders will take effect on Jan. 1 following voters’ approval of constitutional amendments in November.
Homeowners filing for homestead exemption for the first time must apply in person and bring their recorded deed and proof of residency, which includes Florida driver’s license (with current address), Florida vehicle registration, Florida voter registration (with current address), and resident alien card, if not a citizen of the United States.
In addition, first-time homestead exemption applicants are required to provide their Social Security cards. A husband and wife must both provide a Florida driver’s license, if both drive.
Homestead exemption may be allowed on mobile homes if the landowner is also the owner of the mobile home. The mobile home registration must be provided at the time of filing.
A widow or widower must provide a copy of the spouse’s death certificate.
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