By Jared Weggeland
Focus Realty Group, KW Lakeland
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.
317 W. Main St.
Tavares, FL 32778
200 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
P.O. Box 422366 Kissimmee, FL 34742
255 N. Wilson Ave Bartow,
123 W. Indiana Ave. Room 102
Deland, FL 32720
Ph: 904.736 5901
First St Sanford, FL 32771
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.