Reduce property taxes with FL homestead exemption

Real Estate

By Jared Weggeland
Focus Realty Group, KW Lakeland
Lakeland, FL

Did you know that you can save a lot of money in property taxes by filing a homestead exemption in Florida?

What Do I Need To Do?
All persons seeking homestead exemption must complete an original application (Form DR-501). Check with your local county property appraiser for filing instructions.

What Information Do I Need to Bring?

  • A recorded deed or tax bill with your name
  • Social Security number for each owner
  • Proof of Residency for all owners who occupy the property
  • Florida Driver's License Florida and Auto tag registration (if you drive)
  • Florida voter registration card (if registered to vote)

When Do I Apply?
The normal filing time for homestead begins January 1 and lasts through March 1. All exemption applications for that year must be filed by March 1. You may pre-file for the following year from March 2 through December 31.

***If you have further questions, please contact your local county property appraiser. ***

Where Can I File?
Your local property appraiser office. Here is a list of those offices for your convenience.

LAKE COUNTY
317 W. Main St.
Tavares, FL 32778
Ph: 352.343.9748
Fx: 352.343.9894
www.lakecopropappr.com/

ORANGE COUNTY
200 S. Orange Ave.
Suite 1700
Orlando, FL 32801
Ph: 407.836.5055
Fx: 407.836.5029
www.ocpafl.org

OSCEOLA COUNTY
P.O. Box 422366 Kissimmee, FL 34742
Ph: 407.847.1350
Fx: 407.847.1364
www.property-appraiser.org

POLK COUNTY
255 N. Wilson Ave Bartow,
FL 33830
Ph: 863.534-4777
Fx: 863.534.4753
www.polkpa.org

VOLUSIA COUNTY
123 W. Indiana Ave. Room 102
Deland, FL 32720
Ph: 904.736 5901
Fx: 904.822.5063
www.volusia org/property/

SEMINOLE COUNTY
1101 E.
First St Sanford, FL 32771
Ph: 407.665.7502
Fx: 407.665.7924
www.scpafl.org

For a complete list of appraisers, please visit this site http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/property/appraisers.html

Most counties now allow filing on-line. Check your county’s website for details.

Information provided by Monica Young from The Mortgage Firm in Lakeland, FL.
Mortgage Loan Originator, NMLS 647299
C: 863.701.6759

MYOUNG@THEMORTGAGEFIRM.COM
www.TheMortgageFirm.com