2020 Homestead Exemption
All qualified Florida residents are eligible to receive a Homestead Exemption on their homes, condominiums, co-op apartments, and certain mobile home lots. To qualify for Homestead Exemption, you must own and make the property your permanent residence on January 1 of the year for which you are applying for this valuable exemption. Pursuant to Florida law, all assessments and exemptions are based upon the status of the property on January 1. If you purchased and/or made the property your permanent residence in 2019 and have not applied for Homestead Exemption, you can apply for 2020 exemptions at any time – there is no need to wait until 2020 to file your exemption application with the Property Appraiser’s Office. You can easily apply online at most county property appraiser websites or at one of their outreach events or satellite offices.
The timely deadline to file for all 2020 exemptions is March 2, 2020. You must make the property your permanent residence by January 1, 2020 in order qualify; however, you have until March 2 to file your application with the property appraiser’s office. The late filing deadline for all 2020 exemptions is September 18, 2020.
Once approved, your Homestead Exemption may or may not automatically renew each year depending on the county you reside in and provided there is no change in the ownership or use of the property. If you are receiving Homestead Exemption for 2019, you may need to reapply for the homestead tax exemption or if no annual renewal is required by your county, you will receive a Homestead Exemption renewal card to keep for your records.