If you're buying a home, you've probably heard the term "Homestead Exemption" and you've probably been told that it's critical to file before the deadline. The homestead exemption provides an exemption from property taxes on a home. If you own a home in Florida, and live in it as your primary residence, then Florida law typically allows you a $25,000 tax exemption on the assessed value of the property. That's a pretty big deal, as you can see, but if you don't know how to file, I'm here to help!
There are three methods to file:
Apply Online: Most applicants can apply for Homestead Exemption online. Please have all necessary information available for all owners before you begin the online application process.
Apply by Mail: Applicants can download application forms or pick them up at one of our offices, fill them out, and mail them in along with all required documentation.
Apply in Person: Applicants can visit any one of our four offices where a specialist will assist them in filing their Homestead Exemption application.
New homeowners may apply for homestead between January 1- March 1, for the first time. You must have purchased your home prior to December 31. If you do not file by March 1, you may lose your rights to homestead for that year.
The home must be considered your primary residence and with the completed homestead application, an owner must provide the following:
1. Florida Driver License or Florida ID card (with your new address on it)
2. Florida Vehicle Registration
3. Brevard County Voters Registration card
4. Social security number or social security card
5. If not a US resident, a Resident Alien Card
6. A copy of the trust, if the property is in a trust
7. The recorded deed to the property