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Florida Homestead Articles

Stay up to date with the latest Homestead and property tax related articles and stories. You can also find helpful tips and articles explaining Florida’s complicated Homestead Laws that walk you through the process for correcting issues.

What is a TRIM NOTICE and why is it important?

Mon, May 25, 2020

Every homeowner in Florida receives a letter from their county property appraiser about the second week of August.  This letter is called a Truth in Millage Rate (TRIM) notice, and it is required by law to be sent to you.

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Why Do I Need Anyone to Help with My Property Taxes in Florida?

Tue, May 05, 2020

So Property Taxes are simple right?  Why would you need any help?  Most people wouldn’t dream of taking on their federal income tax return without some assistance but there is a prevailing assumption amongst many taxpayers that property taxes are simple enough that no help is...

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How Does the County Property Appraiser’s Office Work?

Mon, Feb 24, 2020

How Does the County Property Appraiser’s Office work, and Why can’t I just go yell at them and get my values adjusted to lower my tax bill or increase my portability? Remember the Boston Tea Party?  Well, it’s probably safe to say that wasn’t a good...

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Important Homestead Dates To Remember

Sun, Feb 02, 2020

When to I have to file for Homestead?  When is my Homestead Established?  When does it go into effect?  What if I want to challenge my Market Value?  What if I need to file a VAB Petition?

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The Basics Of Homestead In Florida

Sun, Feb 02, 2020

The Save Our Homes Act keeps the Assessed Value (the base value on which you pay taxes) from going up any more than 3% a year or CPI, whichever is LESS. So the Market Value (what your home would sell for) can go up rapidly, but your...

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Things To Check Before Selling Your Home

Sat, Feb 01, 2020

Is your Market Value on the Tax Rolls about what your home is actually worth? Do this simple test:  Multiply your best estimate of the actual value of your home by 85%.  Compare that to the Market Value (sometimes called the “Just Value” of your home...

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Why Adjusting Your Market Value Will Not Raise The New Buyer's Taxes

Mon, Jan 20, 2020

There is a common misperception that raising the Market Value of your home will increase your tax bill or that raising the Market Value will cause the Buyer’s taxes on the home after they buy it to be higher.  Neither of these is true

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Why Adjusting Your Market Value Will Not Cause Your Taxes To Go Up

Mon, Jan 20, 2020

We encourage any Floridian homeowner who has any intentions of selling their home now or in the future and who plans to stay in Florida when they buy their next home to carefully check and make sure preferably THE YEAR BEFORE they sell their home to...

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Homestead Exemptions For Senior Citizens

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

The Senior Homestead Exemption requires you be 65 years of age or older and have a household income of less than $30,000. If you meet these criteria you may be eligible for an additional exemption of up to $50,000! 

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Florida's Deployed Military Property Tax Exemptions

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

If you are a service member who was deployed outside of the US, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of a qualified military operation you may be eligible to receive an additional exemption based on the number of days you were deployed.

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About Florida's Named Storm Damage Assessments

Wed, Sep 11, 2019

If your Homestead property is damaged by a named storm you can remodel up to 110% without increasing your assessed value! If your home was damaged by a named storm, make sure that you call your county property appraiser and request a Storm Damage Assessment. For a...

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