Our office receives numerous calls every year asking us to confirm property tax exemptions on the recent tax bills. The Property Appraiser’s Office does not set your tax rates or collect property taxes. We assess property for tax purposes and grant tax-saving exemptions to qualified individuals. The property tax bills are mailed by the Broward County Tax Collector’s Office. If you have questions regarding the payment of your tax bill, please contact their office at 954.831.4000 or visit their website at https://www.broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury

2020 Homestead Exemption

All qualified Florida residents are eligible to receive a Homestead Exemption on their homes, condominiums, co-op apartments, and certain mobile home lots. To qualify for Homestead Exemption, you must own and make the property your permanent residence on January 1 of the year for which you are applying for this valuable exemption. Pursuant to Florida law, all assessments and exemptions are based upon the status of the property on January 1. If you purchased and/or made the property your permanent residence in 2019 and have not applied for Homestead Exemption, you can apply for 2020 exemptions at any time – there is no need to wait until 2020 to file your exemption application with the Property Appraiser’s Office. You can easily apply online at www.bcpa.net or at one of our many outreach events. Please visit http://www.bcpa.net/Events.asp to see when our Mobile Exemption & Information Team will be assisting property owners with exemption applications in your neighborhood.

The timely deadline to file for all 2020 exemptions is March 2, 2020. You must make the property your permanent residence by January 1, 2020 in order qualify; however, you have until March 2 to file your application with the property appraiser’s office. The late filing deadline for all 2020 exemptions is September 18, 2020.

Once approved, your Homestead Exemption automatically renews each year provided there is no change in the ownership or use of the property. If you are receiving Homestead Exemption for 2019, you do not need to reapply for this exemption. You will receive a Homestead Exemption renewal card next month to keep for your records.

If my office can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 954.357.6904 or by email at martykiar@bcpa.net.

Take care,

Marty Kiar

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