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Property Tax Exemptions


State statutes define property tax exemptions that are available in the State of Florida. Application for these exemptions must be made between January 1st and March 1st of the year for which you apply. The initial application must be made in person at the Property Appraiser office.

After the original application, most of the exemptions are automatically renewed by the Property Appraiser. This helps to ensure that you will not lose your exemption simply because you forget to renew it one year. Some exemptions do require annual renewal by the recipient.

Failure to apply by March 1st constitutes a waiver of the exemption for that year, but you still may apply in subsequent years.



Index of Exemptions
  • $50,000 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION/PORTABILITY
  • SENIOR EXEMPTION
  • $5,000 VETERANS EXEMPTION
  • $500 WIDOWS OR WIDOWERS EXEMPTION
  • $500 DISABILITY EXEMPTION
  • $500 EXEMPTION FOR BLIND PERSONS
  • SERVICE-CONNECTED TOTAL AND PERMANENT DISABILITY EXEMPTION
  • EXEMPTION FOR TOTAL AND PERMANENT DISABILITY
  • RELIGIOUS, CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL WHOLLY EXEMPTIONS


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    $50,000 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION/PORTABILITY
    Florida residents who own a dwelling and make it their permanent legal residence are eligible.
    1) - You must have legal or equitable title to the real property as of January 1st of the year you apply.(Recorded deed, contract, etc.)
    2) - As of January 1st of the year you apply, you must in good faith make the property your permanent legal residence.
    3) - You must present Social Security numbers for all applicants as part of the application. These numbers are held confidential in our files.
    4) - You cannot claim more than one homestead exemption.
    5) - If you already had Homestead in Florida, you may be eligible for "Portability."

      Requirements for filing for Homestead are:
      A. Property Description (Deed or Tax Bill).
      B. If a Mobile Home, we will a need copy of the registration(s) or title(s).
      C. If in a Recreational Vehicle Condominium Park, we will need a copy of the registration or title.
      D. Florida Driver's License(s). If married, we must see the husband's and wife's.
      E. Florida Vehicle Tag Registration(s).
      F. Hendry County Voter's Registration Card(s), or, a Declaration(s) of Domicile filed with the Hendry County Clerk's office, with the current physical address.
      G. If not an American citizen, we must see the Resident Alien card(s).
      H. Social Security Card(s) or number(s).
  • Click here for a Homestead Portabilty Example (PDF)


    Click here to download Exemption forms

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    SENIOR EXEMPTION
    Additional $50,000 Homestead Exemption for Persons 65 and Over.

    PLEASE NOTE: Only the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners (county millage only) has adopted the Senior's Exemption. Taxes levied by the Hendry County School Board, Hendry Hospital Authority, South Florida Water Management District, and any special district fees are not exempt.

    To qualify for the senior exemption:

  • The taxpayer must qualify for and have or file for Homestead Exemption.
  • The taxpayer must be 65 years of age or older on January 1 of the year for which the exemption is claimed.
  • The total adjusted gross income of household does not exceed $27,590.00 (for 2013) set by the State.
  • The Deadline for filing for the Seniors Exemption is March 1 of each year, or, the next business day if it falls on a weekend or legal holiday.

    The county or municipality adopts an ordinance that allows the additional senior exemption, which applies ONLY to the taxes levied by the unit of government granting the exemption. Each Taxing Authority has until December 1 of each year to adopt the ordinance and notify our office. They can keep or drop the ordinance from year to year and they can also change the amount of the exemption as they see fit. If no changes are made, the Department of Revenue, notifies this office in late January of the tax year, as to what the current rate will be for the cost of living increase this tax year. That rate is then applied against the previous years' maximum allowable income, to determine income eligibility.

    Click here to download Exemption forms

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    $5,000 VETERANS EXEMPTION (10% TO 90% & Non-Permanent Totally Disabled)
    Eligible veterans with service-connected disabilities of 10% or more shall be entitled to a $5000 property tax exemption. To qualify you must be a bona fide resident of the state with homestead exemption. You must be able to produce a certificate of disability, to the property appraiser, from the United States Government or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs showing a minimum of 10% disability.

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    $500 WIDOWS OR WIDOWERS EXEMPTION
    Widows and widowers who are permanent residents of Florida and have not remarried are eligible. If a husband and wife are divorced and one of them dies, the survivor is not considered a widow/widower.

  • You may be asked to produce a death certificate for the deceased spouse when filing for this exemption.

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    $500 DISABILITY EXEMPTION
    Florida residents with total and permanent disability or armed service members with at least 10% disability caused by some service-connected misfortune are eligible.

  • Requires certificates from Florida physicians or from the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

    Click here to download Exemption forms

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    $500 EXEMPTION FOR BLIND PERSONS
    Florida residents who are blind are eligible.

  • Requires certificates from Florida physicians, the Divison of Blind Services, or the Department of Veterens' Affairs certifying that the applicant is blind.
  • "Blind person" is defined as an individual having central vision acuity 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting glasses, or a field defect in which the peripheral field has contracted to such an extent that the widest diameter or visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than twenty degrees.

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    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 in the armed forces are eligible.

  • Requires certificate from the United States Government or the Department of Veterans' Affairs certifying that the total and permanent disability is service-connected.
  • This is a total exemption from property taxes on real estate owned and used as a homestead, less any portion used for commercial purposes. To be eligible, you must be a resident of the State of Florida as of January 1st of the year for which you apply for exemption.
  • The benefit of this exemption may carry over to the veteran's spouse if the veteran dies.

    Click here to download Exemption forms

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    EXEMPTION FOR TOTAL AND PERMANENT DISABILITY
    1) - Any real estate owned and used as a homestead by any quadriplegic, less any portion used for commercial purposes, shall be exempt from taxation.
    2) - Any real estate owned and used as a homestead, less any portion used for commercial purposes, by a paraplegic, hemiplegic or other totally and permanently disabled person, as defined in Section 196.012(11), Florida Statutes, who must use a wheelchair for mobility or who is legally blind, shall be exempt from taxation.

    To be entitled to the exemption under number (2) above:

  • You must be a permanent resident of the State of Florida as of January 1st of the year for which you apply for exemption.
  • The prior year gross income of all persons residing in or upon the homestead shall not exceed the amount of income as set forth and adjusted in Section 196.101(4)(a)(b), Florida Statutes. Gross income shall include Veterans' Affairs benefits and any Social Security benefits paid to the persons. A statement of gross income must accompany your application.
  • Requires certificates from Florida physicians or from the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Disability award letters from Social Security may also be used to verify disability.

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    RELIGIOUS, CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL WHOLLY EXEMPTIONS
    Real estate owned by certain religious, charitable or educational entities that is used for religious, charitable, or educational purposes is exempt from property taxation. For more information concerning these exemptions, please contact us.

    Click here to download Exemption forms







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    Disclaimer

    This information was derived from data which was compiled by the Hendry County Property Appraiser's Office solely for the governmental purpose of property assessment. This information should not be relied upon by anyone as a determination of the ownership of property or market value. No warranties, expressed or implied, are provided for the accuracy of the data herein, it's use, or it's interpretation. Although it is periodically updated, this information may not reflect the data currently on file in the Property Appraiser's office. The assessed values are NOT certified values and therefore are subject to change before being finalized for ad valorem assessment purposes.


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