Florida Military Receives Additional Property Tax Break

Military families living in Florida who already receive a state homestead exemption could also qualify for additional property tax breaks.

Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division patrol a small village during an air assault mission in eastern Afghanistan, Nov. 4, 2008. (Photo by Spc. Mary L. Gonzalez, CJTF-101 Public Affairs)

In November, voters passed Amendment 2 to the Florida Constitution creating the additional homestead exemption for active duty military, military reserves, U.S. Coast Guard and its reserves, and the Florida National Guard who deployed for Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, or New Dawn.

This new exemption is not a set dollar amount, instead it is a percentage based on the amount of time the service-member was deployed during the previous year.

The new military service exemption applies to 2011 property taxes, but applications must be received by the June 1, 2011 deadline.

A SUMMARY OF NEW EXEMPTION (courtesy of the Pinellas County Property Appraiser) although it applies statewide:

Who qualifies?

  • A service member who currently receives a homestead exemption; AND
  • Who was deployed during 2010 on active duty outside the US, Alaska or Hawaii; AND
  • Who served in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, OR New Dawn
  • This exemption is state-wide, so contact the Property Appraiser in your county.

A service member’s spouse or designee, or a representative of his or her estate, may file an application on behalf of an eligible service member.

A PDF copy of the Florida Department of Revenue application form is available here.

In addition, another, separate constitutional amendment will be placed on the ballot in 2012 that would expand the availability of the combat-related disabled veterans discount to veterans who are over 65 and who entered the military while a resident of another state. Currently, the discount is only available to veterans who were residents of Florida when they entered the military.

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