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Myke Triebold, GRI, LMC

Certified Military Specialist

By Myke Triebold | Agent in Destin, FL

Walton County Homestead Exemption--Apply Now

Eligibility Criteria to Qualify for Property Tax Exemption

WHEN TO FILE: Application for all exemptions must be made between January 1 and March 1 of the tax year. However, at the option of the property appraiser, (original homestead exemption applications may be accepted after March 1, but will apply to the succeeding year). Initial application should be made in person at the Property Appraiser's office. Subsequent yearly renewal of exemption status may be made by mail. Failure to make application by March 1 of the tax year shall constitute a waiver of the exemption privilege for that year.

$25,000 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION: 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. 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 answer these and other questions:

1. In whose name or names was the title to the dwelling recorded as of January 1st?
2. What is the street address of the property?
3. Are you a legal resident of the State of Florida? (A Certificate of Domicile or Voter's Registration will be proof if dated prior to January 1st.)
4. Do you have a Florida license plate on your car and a Florida driver's license?
5. Were you living in the dwelling which is being claimed for homestead exemption on January 1st?

ADDITIONAL $25,000 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR PERSONS 65 AND OLDER: Every person who is eligible for the homestead exemption described above is eligible for an additional homestead exemption up to $25,000 under the following circumstances: (1) the county or municipality adopts an ordinance that allows the additional homestead exemption which applies only to the taxes levied by the unit of government granting the exemption; (2) the taxpayer is 65 years of age or older on January 1 of the year for which the exemption is claimed; (3) the annual household income of the taxpayer (defined as the adjusted gross income as defined in s. 62, United States Internal Revenue Code of all members of a household) for the prior year does not exceed $20,000 (beginning January 1, 2001, this income threshold is adjusted annually by the percentage change in the average cost-of-living index); and, (4) the taxpayer annually submits a sworn statement of household income to the property appraiser not later than March 1.

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