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Exemptions

Real Property Dedicated in Perpetuity for Conservation Exemption

You can apply in person or by mail.

Homestead Exemption

If you own property that you are using as your permanent residence on January 1, 2014, you could reduce the taxable value of your Homestead property by up to $50,000, resulting in a tax savings of approximately $750 annually.  Applicants must own and use the property as their permanent residence and be a Florida resident as of January 1, 2014. Applications must be submitted by March 3, 2014.  

Application can be completed online, by mail, and in person.

Click Here For The Homestead Exemption FAQ

$500 Widow/Widower Exemption

Any widow/widower who owns property and is a permanent Florida resident may file for this exemption.  If the individual remarries, they are no longer eligible.  If they were divorced prior to the death, they are not considered a widow/widower.  Applicant must submit a death certificate along with an application.

You can apply online, in person or by mail.

$500 Disability Exemption

Applicant must submit a statement of disability from one licensed, Florida physician on the state required form DR-416.

You can apply online, in person or by mail.

Limited Income Senior Exemption

You may download an application between January 2 and March 3 and mail application to our office or bring all required documentation with you during the filing period to:

Orange County Property Appraiser
200 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 1700
Orlando, Florida 32801
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
(Located in the SunTrust Tower)

Click Here For The Limited Income Senior FAQ Page

  • LIMITED INCOME SENIOR PLUS EXEMPTION

    Amendment 11 was approved by the voters in the November 6, 2012, general election, this amendment changes Section 6 of Article VII of the Florida Constitution and was adopted by Orange County BCC in fall of 2013. 

    The new Limited Income Senior PLUS exemption is available to qualifying seniors who maintain long term residency and meet all other filing requirements. 

    To qualify:

     

    -Must be 65 years of age or older and own your residence as of January 1

    -Must have maintained permanent residence at property for 25 years or more

    -Adjusted Gross Income of $27,590 or less per household (2013), adjusted annually

    -Complete a new Limited Income Senior Plus! exemption application

    -Submit Income proof for all household residents

    -Complete a residency affidavit

Military/Veterans Exemptions

  • $5000 Service Connected Disability Exemption

    Applicant must submit a letter from the Veterans Administration stating the percentage of service connected disability (10% or more).

    You can apply online, in person or by mail.

  • $5000 Service Connected Disability Exemption for Surviving Spouse

    Applicant must be a spouse of a deceased Service Connected Disabled Veteran who was married for 5 years or more. You must submit a letter from the Veterans Administration stating the percentage of service connected disability (10% or more) of the deceased spouse along with a copy of the marriage license and spouse's death certificate.

    You can apply online, in person or by mail.

  • Combat Related Disability Exemption

    Applicants must pre-qualify for Homestead exemption, be 65 years of age as of January 1, be an honorably discharged veteran and have a "combat related disability" from the Veterans Administration.

    You can apply online, in person or by mail.

  • Service-Connected Total and Permanent Disability Exemption

    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 United States Armed Forces are entitled to an exemption on real estate used and owned as a homestead less any portion used for commercial purposes.

    To be eligible for this exemption, the applicant must own, occupy and have been a permanent resident of this state as of January 1st of the tax year for which the exemption is being claimed.

    If filing for the first time, the applicant must provide a letter from the United States Government or United States Department of Veterans Affairs as proof of service-connected total and permanent disability or the death of the spouse while on active duty.

    Please note - Under certain circumstances, the benefit of the exemption may carry over to the veteran's spouse in the event of the veteran's death. Please contact our office for additional information.

    You can apply online, in person or by mail.

  • Deployed Servicemember Property Tax Exemption

    Applicants must currently receive a Homestead exemption, be deployed during the preceding calendar year on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation New Dawn or Operation Odyssey Dawn.  Applicant must submit the Deployed Military Exemption Application along with copies of deployed orders listing deployment dates and the deployment travel voucher or copy of the DD214 showing deployment dates.  Applicants must apply on the Deployed Military Exemption Application (DR501M).

    You can apply in person or by mail.

Fallen Hero Exemption

Any surviving spouse of a first responder who died in the line of duty is exempt from ad-valorem taxes providing the deceased was a Florida resident as of January 1 of the year the first responder died.  Applicant must qualify for homestead and submit an application by March 1 with documentation from the first responder’s employer stating the cause of death was in the line of duty along with a copy of the spouse’s death certificate.  Please contact our office for additional information.

You can apply online, in person or by mail.

Total and Permanent Disability Exemption (non service-connected)

  1. Any real estate used and owned as a Homestead, less any portion thereof used for commercial purposes by any quadriplegic shall be exempt from taxation.
  2. Any real estate used and owned as a Homestead, less any portion thereof used for commercial purposes, by a paraplegic, hemiplegic or other totally and permanently disabled person, as defined in Section 196.012(10), Florida Statutes, who must use a wheelchair for mobility or who is legally blind, shall be exempt from taxation.*

*Persons entitled to the exemption under number two (2) above, must be a permanent resident of the state of Florida as of January 1st of the year of application. Also, the prior year gross income of all persons residing in or upon the homestead shall not exceed the amount of income, set forth in section 196.101(4), Florida Statutes, adjusted annually by the percentage change of the average cost of living index issued by the United States Department of Labor. Gross income shall include United States Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and any social security benefits paid to the person. A notarized, statement of gross income must accompany the application. Refer to form DR- 501A .  The 2012 gross income limit is $26,895. 

Please note: If filing for the first time for either exemption, the applicant must provide certifications from (2) professionally unrelated, licensed Florida physicians OR (1) letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and (1) certification from a professionally unrelated, licensed Florida physician. Refer to form DR- 416 .

You can apply online, in person or by mail.

Religious/Charitable/Institutional or Organizational Exemptions

Organizational exemptions may be applied for if the property is owned and used predominantly or exclusively by exempt organizations as of January 1st of the applications year.  Timely applications will be accepted between January 2nd through March 3rd and you may apply in person or by mail.  Late applications will be accepted until the deadline to file Value Adjustment Board petitions (see your current "Notice of Proposed Property Taxes" for the current year deadline, which is normally mid-September).  Failing to file for this exemption will constitute a waiver of the exemption for the current year, this exemption is not automatic even if your organization has a 501 C (3) status with the IRS.  

Various exemptions are provided for under Florida Statute 196:

  • Charitable - Must provide charitable services that if interruped could result in public funds being allocated to cover the service
  • Religious - Must be used for religious purposes
  • Educational - Must be used for educational purposes as provided under 196.012 (5)

For more information, please contact our office at (407) 836-5044 or visit our office at 200 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 1700, Orlando, FL 32801.