As a homeowner in Florida you get a break on your property taxes on your primary residence. It is called the Homestead Exemption. For most people, the county appraiser’s office allows a $25,000 exemption (or reduction) from the assessed value of the house for tax purposes. On top of that some people qualify for an additional $25,000 exemption, or other exemptions available for veterans, widows, the blind, disabled, and limited income seniors, etc. This can result in hundreds of dollars per year in property tax savings.   

If you’ve just purchased a home, once your deed has been recorded with the county and sent back to you, then you can file for the Homestead Exemption. It is something that you should only have to do once.

The deadline for filing for the Homestead Exemption is by March 1st of each year for that current year’s taxes (which are always paid in arrears—at the end of the year for which they are due.)

Here are the links to our local county property appraisers websites so you can get more info on how to file in your area:

Orange County

Seminole County

Osceola County

Polk County

Lake County

Volusia County


Of course if you have any questions about Homestead, contact me today and I’ll be happy to provide you additional info.