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Exemptions

Homestead Exemption

If you own and occupy property in Orange County and the property is your permanent residence as of January 1, applying for a Homestead exemption could reduce the taxable value of your Homestead property by up to $50,000, resulting in a tax savings of approximately $750 annually. Applications must be submitted by March 1 of the year for which you are applying . Failure to do so constitutes a waiver of the exemption.  

Applications can be completed online, by mail, or in person.

Click Here for the Homestead Exemption eligibility requirements and frequently asked questions.

$500 Widow/Widower Exemption

Any widow/widower who owns property in Orange County, and is a permanent resident, may file for this exemption along with their homestead exemption.  If the widow/wider remarries however, they are no longer eligible.  Also, if the individual was divorced from the deceased prior to their death, they are not considered a widow/widower.  Applicants for this exemption must submit a death certificate along with their application.

Applications can be completed onlineby mail, or in person.

$500 Disability Exemption

If you have a disability you may qualify for an additional $500 exemption in addition to your homestead exemption. Applicants who believe they qualify must submit a statement of disability from a licensed, Florida physician on the state required form: DR-416.

Applications can be completed onlineby mail, or in person.

Limited Income Senior Exemption

If you are 65 years of age or older and qualify for a homestead exemption in Orange County and have a total household income that does not exceed the annual limit set by the Department of Revenue, you may qualify for this additional exemption. 

To qualify for 2016, your 2015 total household income cannot exceed $28,482.

You can download an application between January 1st and March 1st and mail the 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 Limited Income Senior Exemption frequently asked questions.

  • Limited Income Senior PLUS Exemption

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

    To qualify, the applicant:

    • Must be 65 years of age or older and own your residence as of January 1st 
    • Must have maintained permanent residence at property for 25 years or more
    • Have an Adjusted Gross Income for 2015 of $28,482 or less per household. (This amount is 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

    If you have a service connected disability of 10% or more you may qualify for this exemption. To determine if you qualify, applicants must submit a letter from the United States Government or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs which states the percentage of service connected disability, the effective date of the disability, and that the applicant was honorably discharged.

    However, a disabled veteran who feels they may qualify for this exemption may apply before receiving the necessary documentation. The exemption will not be granted until the proper documentation is received, but upon receipt of the documentation the exemption can be granted as of the date of the original application.

    Applications can be completed onlineby mail, or in person.

  • $5000 Service Connected Disability Exemption for Surviving Spouse

    If you are a spouse of a deceased veteran who had a service connected disability of 10% or more, and you were married for 5 years or more, you may qualify for this exemption. You must submit a letter from the United States Government or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of service connected disability of the deceased spouse along with a copy of your marriage license and spouse's death certificate.

    However, a surviving spouse who feels they may qualify for this exemption may apply before receiving the necessary documentation. The exemption will not be granted until the proper documentation is received, but upon receipt of the documentation the exemption can be granted as of the date of the original application.

    Applications can be completed onlineby mail, or in person.

  • Combat Related Disability Exemption for Seniors

    If you qualify for homestead in Orange County and are a partially or totally disabled veteran who was 65 years of age or older as of January 1, whose disability was combat-related, and who was honorably discharged you may qualify for this additional exemption. 

    The percentage of tax discount that a veteran may qualify for is based on the overall service-connected disability percentage the veteran has been granted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, a portion of which must be combat-related. Applicants must provide a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs stating that the applicant was honorably discharged, that the disability is service connected and combat related, the percentage of disability (it must be at least 10%), and the effective date of the disability. 

    However, a disabled veteran who feels they may qualify for this exemption may apply before receiving the necessary documentation. The exemption will not be granted until the proper documentation is received, but upon receipt of the documentation the exemption can be granted as of the date of the original application.

    Applications can be completed onlineby mail, or in person.

  • 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 a Florida resident veteran who died from service-connected disabilities while active duty member of the United States Armed Forces, may qualify for an exemption on their homestead property.

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

    Applicants for this exemption must provide a letter from the United States Government or United States Department of Veterans Affairs which certifies that the veteran has a service-connected, total and permanent disability or certifies the death of the spouse while on active duty. 

    The letter from the United States Government or United States Department of Veterans Affairs is required to have the following: the signature of a representative of the United States Government or United States Department of Veterans Affairs, an "effective date" stating when the veteran became totally and permanently disabled, and it must clearly state that the veteran is totally and permanently disabled. However, a disabled veteran or surviving spouse who feels they may qualify for this exemption may apply before receiving the necessary documentation. The exemption will not be granted until the proper documentation is received, but upon receipt of the documentation the exemption can be granted as of the date of the original application.

    Rating decision letters cannot be accepted as proof of a service-connected total and permanent disability to qualify for this exemption. Click here to view a sample of an acceptable letter. 

    Please note - Under certain circumstances, the benefit of the exemption may not carry over to the veteran's spouse in the event of the veteran's death. Please contact our office for additional information.

    Applications can be completed onlineby mail, or in person.

  • Deployed Service Member Property Tax Exemption

    If you were a deployed servicemember on active duty during the preceding calendar year outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation New Dawn, or Operation Odyssey Dawn you may qualify for this additional exemption. Applicants must currently receive a homestead exemption in Orange County and must submit the Deployed Military Exemption Application, along with copies of deployment orders listing deployment dates and the deployment travel voucher, or a copy of form DD214, showing deployment dates.  Applicants for this exemption must apply with the Deployed Military Exemption Application (DR501M).

    You can apply in person or by mail.

Fallen Hero Exemption

A surviving spouse of a first responder who died in the line of duty may be exempt from ad-valorem taxation if the deceased was a Florida resident as of January 1 of the year the first responder died.  Applicants for this exemption must qualify for homestead and submit an application by March 1, along with documentation from the first responder’s employer certifying that the death occurred while in the line of duty, as well as a copy of the deceased’s death certificate.  

Applications can be completed onlineby mail, or in person.

Total and Permanent Disability Exemption (non service-connected)

A totally and permanently disabled person may apply for a total and permanent disability exemption if they are: quadriplegic, paraplegic, hemiplegic, legally blind, or another totally and permanently disabled person (as defined in Section 196.012(10) of Florida Statutes) who must use a wheelchair for mobility. In addition, the applicant must meet certain income requirements and be a permanent resident of the state of Florida as of January 1st of the year the exemption is requested. 

The 2015 gross income limit is $27,765, to qualify for this exemption in 2016. (*Note – quadriplegics do not need to meet the income requirements.)  The income limit is adjusted annually by the United States Department of Labor. Gross income includes the income of all persons residing in or upon the homestead property and the total amount cannot exceed the income limit set by statute. Gross income also includes United States Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and any social security benefits. A notarized statement of gross income must accompany the application.

When applying for this exemption, you must file the exemption application DR- 501A and, if filing for the first time, applicants must provide certifications from two (2) professionally unrelated, licensed Florida physicians on form DR- 416  OR one (1) letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and one (1) certification from a professionally unrelated, licensed Florida physician on form DR- 416 

Applications can be completed onlineby mail, or in person.

Religious/Charitable/Institutional or Organizational Exemptions

Organizational exemptions may be applied for if the property is owned and used exclusively or predominately by a tax exempt organization as of January 1st of the application year.  Timely applications will be accepted between January 1st through March 1st and you may apply in person or by mail.   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 interrupted 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.

Real Property Dedicated in Perpetuity for Conservation Exemption

Owners of non-commercial land, of 40 acres or more, that is dedicated in perpetuity for conservation purposes may file for a 100% exemption. (If the dedicated 40+ acres of land is commercial property, it may be eligible for a 50% exemption.) Dedicated in perpetuity means the land is encumbered by an irrevocable, perpetual conservation easement. These easements survive sales, inheritances, and even tax deed sales.

If your land contains less than 40 contiguous acres and meets any of the criteria listed below, it may qualify for this exemption but only if the State of Florida Acquisition and Restoration Council has determined that the land fulfills the state's conservation policy and yields a significant public benefit. 

  • Contains natural sinkholes or springs that serve a water recharge or production function.
  • Contains a unique geological feature.
  • Provides habitat for endangered or threatened species.
  • Provides nursery habitat for marine and estuarine species.
  • Provides protection or restoration of vulnerable coastal areas.
  • Preserves natural shoreline habitat.
  • Provides retention of natural open space in otherwise densely built-up areas.

In order to be eligible for this exemption, the land owner must apply by March 1 and must include a copy of the recorded document establishing a conservation easement. Recorded easements must include documentation of the values to be protected and a management plan.

If your property meets these requirements, you can apply in person or by mail.