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There's No Place Like Home'stead' Exemptions, Palm Beach County

There’s No Place Like ‘Home’stead Exemptions...

If you live in Palm Beach County, Florida and bought a new home
on or before December 31, 2011 you need to read this!

Taxes and Portability and Exemptions, Oh My!!

It’s that time of the year again, time to follow the Yellowbrick Road to the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers office or file for your tax exemptions online.  March 1st, marks the deadline to file for Homestead Exemptions so the time is NOW to get those forms and applications filled out.  Many of us are already drowning in a sea of paperwork this time of year, if only it were as easy as clicking our heels three times to have our forms filled and filed!

The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office administers all property tax exemptions and they’ve made the process of filing for Homestead Exemptions as painless as possible by offering printable forms and instructions online as well as E-File options.  

The quickest way to file is on-line.  Just click on this link and follow the instructions  to get your exemptions Exemption E-File.   You are going to need your Florida Driver’s License or Florida ID and if you have a vehicle, you need the vehicle registration information. If you are a registered voter, you will need your voter registration number.   You will also need a copy of your deed so you provide the  Palm Beach County Official Records Book number and Official Records Page number.  If you don’t have the actual recorded deed, it is easy to find it on-line following the instructions and links at the Property Appraiser’s website.   Collect your documents, then request a PIN following the instructions and proceeds with the steps outlined at the website.  

If you prefer to fill out the form and mail it in, you can download the  Palm Beach County Homestead Exemption Form and Instructions  and fill out the form on-line or simply print the form and fill it out by hand. The State of Florida requires this documentation to verify that you are truly a Florida resident.  Each applicant must provide the needed documentation to get the exemption. Once you have the form completed and have copies of the required documents for each applicant, you can mail the form to:

  Property Appraiser’s Office
  301 N. Olive Avenue, 1st Floor
  West Palm Beach, FL 33401.

Here are some other helpful links for filing your Homestead Tax Exemptions...
   Click here for the Eligibility Instructions
   Click here for the printable form
Click here for the E-Fillable form

If you sold a home that previously had a Homestead Exemption, your can transfer a significant portion of your “Save Our Homes” benefit to the new property.  This could result in a big savings in your annual property taxes so don’t forget to take the extra step to fill out this form Click here for the Portability Application  and submit it.

Many people don’t know that there are other exemptions you can file for including special tax breaks for Senior Citizens who meet certain income limits,members of the U.S. Military forces who are on active duty,  disabled Veterans, widows and widowers and individuals who are disabled.  There’s even a special exemption call “GRANNY FLAT” for residents who build an addition on their home for  their parents or grandparents.    Here is a link to read about portability and all the other exemptions you may be eligible for, Information about Exemptions.


If you are more comfortable filing for your exemption in person, you can visit one of five service centers Click  Office Locations for addresses and directions.

If you have any questions you can call the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers Office: (561) 355-2866

There are just a few days left to file for for your Homestead Exemptions; the time is now to get those forms submitted and be on your way to the land of tax completion Oz!


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Comment balloon 2 commentsDan & Linda Tublitz • February 22 2012 12:02PM


Dan and Linda- this is great information to get out to all Florida homeowners!  Thanks for making it easy for them by providing links!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

You're welcome Kathy!  Glad you enjoyed it :)    I can't believe the deadline is just around the corner, the year is flying by already!!

Posted by Dan & Linda Tublitz (RE/MAX Services Boca Raton FL) over 7 years ago