Anyone may use our online form to report homestead fraud»
Homestead exemption fraud is a serious issue that affects every taxpayer. Homestead exemption was created as a benefit for homeowners who live in Florida and make it their permanent and legal residence. When someone is receiving an exemption to which he or she is not entitled, law-abiding property owners must make up the difference in lost tax revenue by paying higher taxes.
When a property owner files a false application or is no longer entitled to a homestead exemption, they are in violation of the law.
Homestead fraud could be perpetrated by those who:
- Rent their property
- Receive a residency-based benefit based on another property, either in Florida or another state
- Do not notify the Property Appraiser’s Office if the owner is deceased so that the benefit can be removed
Please note that the status of a property on January 1 each year is used to determine the property’s value and exemption status for the entire year. That means if a property owner has homestead exemption and sells their property, their exemption may remain on the property for the entire calendar year, and will be removed as of January 1 of the next year. Although there will still be an exemption on the property after the sale, it is not the new owner’s exemption.