Florida residents who own a home in Florida on January 1, and that home is their permanent residence, can receive a property tax exemption up to $50,000 by simply filing for Homestead Exemption.
January 1 through March 1 is when you can file for Homestead Tax Exemption for your primary Florida residence.
Tax Breaks with Homestead Exemption . . . for the first $50,000 in assessed value of your home, $25,000 is exempted from property taxes. This exemption applies to ALL property taxes.
For assessed value of your home between $50,000 and $75,000, an additional $25,000 is eligible for exemption, however this exemption does NOT apply to school district taxes.
The other HUGE upside of filing Homestead Exemption for your primary Florida residence is a cap on the assessment of your home that determines your property taxes.
Through the ‘Save Our Homes’ initiative, the assessed value of homes receiving Homestead Exemption can NOT be inceased more than 3% annually, no matter how much the value of your home increases. This goes into effect a year after you receive Homestead Exemption.
The Indian River County Property Appraisers office is headed by Wesley Davis, a lifelong county resident and expert in the real estate space. Mr. Davis has streamlined the Homestead Exemption application process and developed an easy “Homestead Super Service Plan” so people can easily apply online, in person or by phone.
Here’s an overview of Homestead Exemption with phone numbers & direct links to apply.