Homestead exemption deadline is March 1

Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser Greg Brown reminds residents the deadline to apply for property tax exemption is March 1. New homeowners, or homeowners who have never filed, are eligible to receive a property tax exemption of up to $50,000. H omestead exemption does not transfer from the previous owner to the new owner.

"If you own property you use as your primary residence as of January 1, filing for homestead exemption will result in substantial savings on your property taxes," said Brown. "In Santa Rosa County, we offer a safe and convenient online homestead exemption application.  To file online, property owners should have received a homestead letter with an assigned control number and PIN within six weeks of their real estate transaction."

Additionally, applicants with proper documentation may be eligible for other exemptions including those for seniors, widows and widowers, persons with disabilities, active-duty military, veterans, surviving spouses of first responders, agricultural classifications, historic properties, "granny flats" and more.  A complete list of exemptions is available at  www.srcpa.org/exemptions.html .

For assistance in determining exemption eligibility, questions about what documentation is required, or to receive replacement copy of a homestead exemption letter, visit www.srcpa.org or call the property appraiser office at (850) 983-1880 between 8 a.m and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applicants may file for any exemption at the property appraiser's office at 6495 Caroline Street, Suite K in Milton or 5841 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Suite A in Gulf Breeze. 

Automatic homestead exemption renewal notices are mailed each January.  Income-based exemptions must be renewed each year after January 1. Residents who have purchased a home after January 1 may pre-file for homestead exemption for 2018 after April 1. 

According to   Florida Statute 196.031, the first $25,000 of homestead exemption applies to all property taxes, including school district taxes. The additional exemption up to $25,000, applies to the assessed value between $50,000 and $75,000 and only to non-school taxes. 

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Media Contact:
Bubba Drinkard, Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser's Office
(850) 983-1880,  bubbad@srcpa.org 
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