Florida residents who have legal or equitable title to property, occupy the home, and have the intention of making the property their permanent residence as of January 1 are eligible for homestead exemption.
You must be a US citizen, a permanent resident alien, or a resident permanently residing in the United States under color of law (PRUCOL) to be eligible for a homestead exemption.
THE FILING DEADLINE FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 1ST OF THE TAX YEAR YOU WISH TO QUALIFY FOR.
Mobile homeowners who have legal or beneficial title to the land their home is on may qualify. Please bring in the title(s) or registration(s) of the mobile home. If you own both the land and mobile home, the mobile home must be declared real property by purchasing a RP decal. If you own the land but not the mobile home, the mobile home will not be assessed to the property, and a yearly decal must be purchased
Important Dates to Remember
January 1 – The status and condition of your property on January 1 determine the property’s value for the tax year. Also, January 1 is the date that determines residency or ownership requirements to qualify for exemptions.
March 1 – Filing deadline for all exemption requests including homestead and all classified use, including agricultural classification.
April 1 – Deadline for filing tangible personal property tax return.
Mid August – Notice of Proposed Property Taxes or Truth in Millage, or TRIM, notices are mailed to property owners. This begins the appeal process and contains notification of deadlines.
November 1 – Tax bills are mailed.
Alachua County Property Appraiser Information:
515 North Main Street, Suite 200
Gainesville, Florida 32601
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday (except County holidays)
Phone: (352) 374-5230