Disability Exemptions

Disability Exemptions

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Disability Exemptions

$500 Disability Exemption: Every Florida resident who is totally and permanently disabled qualifies for this exemption (Florida Statute 196.202). If filing for the first time, please present at least one of the following as proof of your disability: a certificate from a licensed Florida physician (DR 416), or a certificate from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, or documentation from the Social Security Administration.

$500 Exemption for blind persons: Every Florida resident who is blind qualifies for this exemption (Florida Statute 196.202). If claiming exemption based on blindness, a certificate from the Division of Blind Services of the Department of Education or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Federal Social Security Administration certifying the applicant to be blind is required. "Blind person" is defined as an individual having central vision acuity 20/200 or less in the better eye with correcting glasses, or a disqualifying 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.

Total and permanent Disability

 2014 Income Limitation $27,289

  • Any real estate used and owned as a homestead, less any portion thereof used for commercial purposes by any quadriplegic shall be exempt from taxation.
  • Any real estate used and owned as a homestead, less any portion thereof used for commercial purposes, by a paraplegic, hemiplegic or other totally and permanently disabled person, as defined in Section 196.012(11), F.S., who must use a wheelchair for mobility or who is legally blind, shall be exempt from taxation.

Persons entitled to the exemption under number two (2) above, must be a permanent resident of the State of Florida as of January 1 of the year of assessment. Also, the prior year gross income of all persons residing in or upon the homestead shall not exceed the amount of income, set forth in section 196.101(4), F.S., adjusted annually by the percentage change of the average cost of living index issued by the United States Department of Labor. Gross income shall include United States Department of Veterans Affairs benefits and any social security benefits paid to the person. A statement of gross income must accompany the application.

If filing for the first time, please bring a certificate (DR 416) from two (2) licensed doctors of this state (for the legally blind, one of the two certificates (DR 416B) may be from a licensed optometrist of this state) or a certificate from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.