How do you file a homestead exemption in Florida?


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To file a homestead tax exemption in Florida as of December 2015, complete the homestead exemption form DR-501 found on the Florida Department of Revenue's website and file it with the property appraiser in your county. Some Florida counties require additional documentation, so check with your county's appraiser before submitting any form, advises the Florida Department of Revenue.

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In Florida, homeowners are eligible to file homestead tax exemptions on properties that are either theirs or one of their dependents' permanent residence, states the Florida Department of Revenue. The exemption takes up to $50,000 off the taxable value of the property. The first $25,000 covers all property taxes, while the third $25,000 applies only to non-school taxes.

Property owners filing DR-501 for a homestead exemption should be prepared to fill out their Social Security number and that of their spouse, all names on the property title as of January 1, who was living in the property as of January 1 and whether they claim residency in any other county or state, advises the Florida Department of Revenue. Counties may require additional documentation such as proof of previous residency, driver's license information, employment information, proof of payment of utilities or voter registration number.

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