Property Tax Discounts for Veterans
Florida law provides various property tax exemptions for qualifying United States military veterans and first responders:View Exemptions Page
Property Tax Refund for Qualifying Veterans
A Veteran or a Veteran Surviving Spouse may receive a prorated refund of property taxes on acquired property, if the property acquisition occurs between January 1 and November 1, and if an exemption is applied for and received in the next tax year under section196.081FS.View Exemptions Page
Veterans with Service-Connected Disability
Disabled Ex-Service Member
A Florida resident who is honorably discharged and is disabled at least 10% from war or by service-connected events may be entitled to a $5,000 exemption on any one property owned.
Veteran Age 65 and Older with a Combat-Related Disability
A U.S. military veteran who is disabled, age 65 or older, and owns homestead property, may qualify for an ad valorem property tax discount based on the percentage of their disability. To be eligible, the applicant must have been honorably discharged from military service and be at least partially disabled with a permanent service-connected disability that is at least 10% combat related. This discount is in addition to any other exemptions the applicant now receives, and is added after all other exemptions are applied. NOTE: As of January 1, 2021, Florida law extends this benefit to the deceased veteran's surviving spouse.
Veteran with Service Connected Total & Permanent Disability
An honorably discharged ex-service member who is totally and permanently disabled due to service-connected events and has a certificate from the United States government or a letter from Veterans Affairs, may be exempt from all ad valorem property taxes. This exemption applies to homestead property. (A DD-214 form and a letter from the Veterans Affairs Administration stating percentage of service-connected disability must be included with your application.)View Exemptions Page
Deployed Service Members
The Deployed Military Exemption provides qualified applicants with a reduction in taxable value on their homestead property equal to the percentage of their deployment time during the last year.
This exemption is available to service members who receive homestead exemption and were deployed during the preceding calendar year on active duty outside the United States in connection with a designated military operation.
An application must be filed with the Property Appraiser on or before March 1st for the year following the qualified deployment, together with documentation proving the dates of deployment.View Exemptions Page
Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder
The Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder Exemption provides 100% ad-valorem property tax relief to the surviving spouse of a military veteran or a first responder who died in the line of duty. Any non-ad-valorem property taxes, such as solid waste, stormwater, special assessments, etc. still apply.View Exemptions Page