Other Broward County Tax Exemptions

Other Broward County Tax Exemptions

Widows, widowers, permanently disabled persons, and qualified senior citizens on fixed-incomes are entitled to additional tax-saving exemptions. With the exception of the $5,000 Veteran's Disability Exemption and the Historic Property Exemption, a Homestead Exemption is required by law as a pre-condition for obtaining any of the following additional exemptions:

$500 Disability Exemption: One letter or certificate from a Florida-licensed physician stating that you are totally and permanently disabled.

$500 Widows/Widower's Exemption: Spouse's death certificate, newspaper clipping or memorial card.

Additional Low-Income Senior Exemption: Filing period is January 1 through March 1 of each year. Applicant must be 65 years of age or older as of January 1 (even if other household members are under age 65) and the total household adjusted gross income for last year (2015) must not exceed $28,448 (based on 2014 income limitation). This exemption must be applied for annually (and the annual renewal process is fast and easy). For additional information, please click here.

$5,000 Veteran's Disability Exemption: A copy of your Certificate of Disability from the U.S. Government or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (or its predecessor agency). The disability must be military service-related and incurred during a period of wartime service or by misfortune. The service-related disability must be to a degree of at least 10% before January 1. The surviving spouse of an eligible disabled veteran may also claim this exemption, provided he/she has not remarried. Note: The veteran must be a permanent resident of the State of Florida. For surviving spouses, the deceased veteran must have been a permanent resident of Florida at the time of his/her death.

Full Exemption for Veteran's Service-Connected Total and Permanent Disability: A certificate from the US Government or US Department of Veterans Affairs. Any honorably discharged veteran with a service-connected total and permanent disability, surviving spouses of qualifying veterans and spouses of Florida resident veterans who died from service-connected causes while on active duty as a member of the US Armed Forces are entitled to an exemption on real estate used and owned as a homestead.

Deployed Military Exemption: US military documentation which clearly shows the applicant's dates of active duty military service deployed outside the United States during the immediate prior year in support of one of the designated military operations (Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle). This exemption requires the holder to submit new supporting documentation each year to retain these valuable savings. This exemption grants total exemption to an additional percentage of your assessed value, based upon the percent of the prior year you were deployed overseas in support of one of the specified military operations.

Additional Exemption for Combat-Wounded Florida Disabled Veterans: This exemption provides an additional discount from the amount of property taxes on the homestead of a partially or totally permanently disabled veteran, age 65 or older as of January 1, and whose disability was combat-related. Under this law, an eligible veteran will receive a total exemption from property taxes equal to the percentage of combat-related disability (example: a 60% combat-related disability would exempt 60% of the total value of the homesteaded residence from ad valorem property taxes). Please provide us with documented proof your disability was combat related, and a certificate from the US Government or US Department of Veterans Affairs attesting to the percentage of your permanent disability. Note: Florida law does not provide for a surviving spouse exemption in this category.

$500 Disability Exemption for Blind Persons: A certificate from the Division of Blind Services of the Department of Education or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs certifying the applicant to be blind is required.

Full Exemption for Totally and Permanently Disabled Persons: Certificates from two licensed doctors of this state or a certificate from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. To be entitled to this exemption, you must be a (1) quadriplegic or (2) paraplegic, hemiplegic or other totally and permanently disabled person who must use a wheelchair for mobility or who is legally blind. For persons entitled to this exemption under number two (2) above, the prior year (2015) gross income of all persons residing in or upon the homestead shall not exceed $27,732 (based on 2014 income limitation). This amount is adjusted annually and astatement of gross income must accompany the application.

Surviving Spouse of Military Veteran or First Responder: Grants full homestead property tax relief to the surviving spouses of military veterans who die from service-connected causes while on active duty, and to the surviving spouses of police, fire fighters and other first responders who die in the line of duty. In short, the surviving spouses deemed eligible will not pay any property taxes. For a spouse to be eligible, the deceased veteran or first responder must have been a permanent resident of Florida as of Jan. 1 of the year he or she died. That same residency requirement applies to the surviving spouses of first responders. First responders are defined as law enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics. The amendment covers full-time, part-time or volunteer first responders. Surviving spouses of veterans or first responders who died years ago can apply for eligibility retroactively, although the tax relief is for future taxes only; they will not receive refunds for any past taxes paid. Applicants must provide a copy of the first responder’s death certificate as well as an obituary, news article, statement from employing agency or other verification of line of duty death.

"Granny Flat" Exemption - Taxpayers who build additions onto an existing Homestead or perform extensive renovations to an existing Homestead to provide living quarters for a parent or grandparent may be entitled to a special exemption equal to the amount of the new construction (up to 20% of the homestead value). To be eligible, the property owner must have a Homestead Exemption on the property where the parent or grandparent quarters are constructed. The construction or reconstruction must be properly permitted and comply with all local land development regulations. Copies of all permits, certificate of occupancy, and plans must be submitted to the Property Appraiser’s Office. Construction or reconstruction must be substantially complete before January 1st of the year in which the reduction is requested. Application must be filed with the Property Appraiser’s Office annually on or before March 1st of each year. The occupant(s) of the quarters must be a parent or grandparent. The occupant(s) must be at least 62 years of age by January 1st of the year in which the reduction is requested. The occupant(s) must permanently reside on the property on or before January 1st. of the year in which the reduction is requested. The occupant(s) cannot receive any benefits requiring a declaration of permanent residency on any other property in any other County or State. The Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office will conduct a site visit annually upon review and prior to approval of the application for assessment reduction. You may download the Granny Flat application here (PDF format).

Historic Property Exemption - Is your property on the National or Florida Registers of Historic Properties? Then, under certain circumstance, you may be entitled to some special exemptions related to your assessed value. Click here (for historic properties in general) and here (for historic properties open to the public) to read the applicable statutes. Click here to download the historic property exemption application form (PDF format).

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