Deployed Military Personnel Exemption

Deployed Military Personnel Exemption

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Deployed Military Personnel Exemption

Homestead Ad Valorem Tax Exemption for Deployed Military Personnel

The Florida Legislature enacted implementing legislation (Florida Statute 196.173) which provides an additional homestead property tax exemption for members of the U.S. military or military reserves, the United States Coast Guard or its reserves who receive a homestead exemption and were deployed in the previous year on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military operations designated by the Legislature.

The exemption amount will be based upon the number of days in the previous calendar year that the person was deployed. The Legislation identified the qualifying deployments for Military Exemption 2012 as Operation Noble Eagle, which began on September 15, 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom, which began on October 7, 2001, Operation New Dawn, which began on September 1, 2010, and ended on December 15, 2011, and Operation Odyssey Dawn, which began on March 19, 2011, and ended on October 31, 2011.

The applying service member will be required to complete an application (DR-501M) and show proof of deployment, including beginning and ending dates from the Veteran’s Administration or military branch.  A timely application should be filed by June 1, however, Pursuant to Florida Statute 196.011 (8), the Nassau County Property Appraiser’s office will be accepting applications on or before the 25th day following the mailing of the proposed tax bills (TRIM notices).