What Do You Need to Know About Florida Homestead Exemptions?

If you are considering making Naples, Florida your new home, we have some good news for you. Besides having beautiful beaches, world-class golf and some of the best restaurants in the state of Florida, Naples offers the Florida Homestead Exemption and Naples Relocation Experts can help you understand the process to get one for your new home.

What is a Homestead Exemption?

The state of Florida allows for residents to apply for a property tax exemption. This exemption, once granted, results in a reduction of up to $50,000 from the assessed value of your home. A lower assessment means lower property taxes for you.

Who is eligible for a Florida Homestead Exemption?

To qualify you must be a permanent resident of Florida as of January 1st of the year in which you apply for the exemption. Homestead Exemptions are available to both citizens of the United States and resident aliens. The property must be your primary residence you can’t be receiving another residency-based exemption in another state at the same time. 

When can you file?

Florida law does allow new homestead applications to be filed prior to January 1st of the year the exemption is to be effective. However, pre-filed applications will only be accepted after March 1st of each year for the succeeding year. 

How do you apply?

The application process is easy. Property owners can go in person to the office of the Collier County Property Appraiser, located at 3950 Radio Road or the office at 2335 Orange Blossom Dr. Both offices are in Naples. Before you go, ensure you have the following documents with you:

  • Evidence of ownership of the property (deed, tax receipt, etc.).
  • Social Security numbers for all applicants and spouses.
  • Collier County Voter Registration (if you vote) dated prior to January 1st.
  • Florida Driver License dated prior to January 1st.
  • Florida Vehicle Registration dated prior to January 1st.

If you do not have a driver’s license, a Florida Identification Card will be accepted. All of these should have your current address. In addition, if you are not a voter, you can file a Declaration of Domicile with the Clerk of the Circuit Court. 

What if you had a Homestead Exemption in another Florida county?

Since the exemption is for the primary residence, Florida only allows for one Homestead Exemption at a time. But the good news is…you’re now living in Naples!

Whether you’re moving to Naples, Florida for a new job or simply because you love the area, we’re here to help you. Contact us to relocate to the ultimate family paradise destination or call us at 239-269-7685.

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