Here is more good information for those of you who have asked me about Florida's Homestead Exemption For Property Taxes.
Homestead Exemption Section 196.031, F.S.
Every person who has legal or equitable title to real property in the State of Florida and who resides thereon and in good faith makes it his or her permanent home is eligible to receive a homestead exemption of up to $50,000. The first $25,000 applies to all property taxes. The additional $25,000 applies to any assessed value over $50,000 and only to non-school taxes. First time applicants are required to furnish their social security number, and should have available evidence of ownership i.e., deed, contract, etc. If title is held by the husband alone, a wife may file for him, with his consent, and vice versa.
If filing for the first time, be prepared to provide the following information declaring that you were living in the dwelling which is being claimed for homestead exemption on January 1:
A. Property Description (Deed or Tax Bill).
B. If a Mobile Home, provide a copy of the registration(s) or title(s).
C. If in a Recreational Vehicle Park, provide a copy of the registration or title.
D. Florida Driver's License(s). If married, provide the husband's and wife's.
E. Florida Vehicle Tag Registration(s).
F. Columbia County Voter's Registration Card(s), or, a Declaration(s) of Domicile filed with the Columbia County Clerk's office, with the current physical address.
G. If not an American citizen, we must see the Resident Alien card(s).
H. Social Security Card(s) or number(s).