Property Tax Discount for Senior Disabled Veterans

State

Florida

Year

2021

Variations in Receipt of Benefit

Other Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type

Credit

Benefit

The benefit is a percent reduction in property tax liability equal to the claimant's percent service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The percentage discount is applied after all other applicable exemptions, including exemptions provided pursuant to local option, are taken.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Credit to the property tax bill

Eligible Property Type

Residential

Characteristics of Eligible Property

Only residential property is eligible for this program.

Eligibility Criteria

Age

Disability

Homeowner

Principal Residence

Veteran

Surviving Spouse

Description of Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be veterans, at least 65 years of age, and partially or totally disabled.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government is unable to exercise an option

Local Option Regarding Program Features

No local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

State reimburses all of the local government tax loss

Record ID

FL108_RR21

Footnotes

If you believe you qualify for this exemption, apply as soon as possible even if you have not received the necessary documentation from the VA. When local assessors receive required documentation, this exemption can be granted as of the date of your original application, and the excess taxes can be refunded for up to 4 years. Any real estate that is owned and used as a homestead by the surviving spouse of a veteran who died from service-connected causes while on active duty as a member of the United States Armed Forces and for whom a letter from the United States Government or United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor has been issued certifying that the veteran died from service-connected causes while on active duty is exempt from taxation if the veteran was a permanent resident of this state on January 1 of the year in which the veteran died. Additional required forms include: A copy of your most current rating decision from the VA, including evidence that your disability is combat related, and; a copy of your DD-214.

Sources

Fla. Stat. § 196.082 (in effect for 2021)
Fla. Const. Art. VII § 6
Source Constitution: 
Original Application for Homestead and Related Tax Exemption, Department of Revenue, 2021
[http://floridarevenue.com/property/Documents/dr501.pdf Accessed 01/14/2022]
View Archived Source
2020 Fla. Laws, ch. 179/HJR 877 (or Florida 2020 LRCA 6)

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