Buyer Question - When Is The Deadline For Filing Homestead Exemption?

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Buyer Question - When Is The Deadline For Filing Homestead Exemption?

When is the deadline for filing homestead exemption?When I attend closings representing first-time home buyers and buyers moving from a different state taking permanent residency, the question about when is the deadline for filing homestead exemption always comes up and the short answer is:

Deadline For Filing Homestead Exemption - March 1st of the tax year for which the exemption is sought. 

In order to receive 2011 homestead exemption, you must apply by March 1, 2011, so if you moved in after January 1, 2011 you would not qualify for the 2011 homestead exemption. However, you can still and should apply for 2012 homestead exemption - you don't want to miss out saving several hundred dollars.

First-time homebuyers filing for homestead exemption must apply in person and bring their recorded deed and proof of residency, such as Florida drivers’ license, Florida voter registration, Florida vehicle registration or resident alien card. Applicants filing for any exemption are required to present their Social Security cards.

There were over 2200 homes in Lakeland sold and Polk County had almost 8,000 homes sold according to the Multiple Listing Service (Mid-Florida MLS). A good portion of the homes sold are owner occupants and there is a deadline for filing so you can save on your property tax for 2011 when your tax bill arrives in November.

When is the deadline for filing homestead exemption?Beat the rush and file your Polk County property tax homestead exemption on your home early, because – believe it or not - March 1st, 2011 deadline is fast approaching.

If you took residency on your newly purchased home after January 1, 2010, which includes mobile home if the land the mobile home sits on is owned by the same owner.  You surely want to file for a 2011 property tax exemption, also known as homestead exemption.  In addition, you may qualify for an additional $25,000 homestead under Amendment 1 which began with 2008 tax year for a total of $50,000.  

Have you owned a home previously in Florida? You may be eligible for “Save our Home”.  Saving money these days is on everybody’s mind – there are other ways of qualifying for additional savings:

Amendment 7, which was voted by Florida voters on November 7, 2006 and is intended to be an additional discount on taxes owed after all other ad valorem tax exemptions are computed for eligible veterans 65 years and older.

Senior exemption, widow, disability, veterans and total exemption – if qualified you may be eligible to save up to $5,000. Widow or widower must provide a copy of their late spouse’s death certificate. Disability exemptions applicants must provide an attest from a certified Florida physician.  Veteran exemptions applicants must show proof of percentage (minimum 10%) of service-connected disability from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Where to file?

Bartow Office

255 N. Wilson Ave Phone: 863-534-4777

Bartow, FL 33830 Fax: 863-534-4753

Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm (M-F)


Lakeland Office

912 E. Parker St. Phone: 863-413-2549

Lakeland, FL 33801 Fax: 863-413-2550

Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm (M-F)


Winter Haven Office

3425 Lake Alfred Rd. Phone: 863-401-2424

3 Gill Jones Plaza Fax: 863-401-2428

Winter Haven, FL 33881 Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm (M-F)

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I hope you found this post useful! If you need help finding or selling your Lakeland, Florida home, please contact Petra Norris - REALTOR(R) at 863-619-6918. If you’re new to Lakeland, I’d especially like to extend a warm welcome. I value my clients and provide them with honest, reliable service. Allow me to introduce you to the Lakeland FL real estate landscape and all it has to offer.


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Kimberly A Norgard
Devlin McNiff Halstead Real Estate - East Hampton, NY

Good information, Petra.  I'm sure this information will help a lot of people.  Great job on the specifics.

Jan 27, 2011 11:40 PM #1
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Petra people in Florida will find this blog very helpful. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend. Great post.

Jan 28, 2011 01:39 PM #2
Nathan Tutas
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Thanks for the reminder Petra! I bought my house last March and need to get my butt to the court clerk and apply myself. Hope you're doing well.

Jan 29, 2011 10:28 AM #3
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