If you purchased a property last year that you will use as a permanent residence, you have until March 1st to file for Homestead exemption to reduce the amount of real estate taxes you pay on your residence. This can decrease the taxable value of your home by $25,000 or $50,000 for married couples. Below, you will find everything you need to file, the links to county websites, and the addresses and phone numbers for the Property Appraiser offices in Martin and St. Lucie Counties.
Key in mind, if you buy a home that currently has a homestead exemption, you will benefit from that for your first tax bill. Regardless, you will need to file for a homestead exemptions, it will not automatically transfer to a new owner.
What do you need to bring to file for Homestead Exemption?
- Your recorded deed or last tax bill.
- Date of occupancy.
- Date of birth of all applicants.
- Florida voter’s registration card.
- Florida driver’s license.
- Florida vehicle registration.
- Social security card (document with your social on it).
- Trust documents if the property is held in a trust.
- Permanent resident card (if you are not a US citizen).
Martin County Homestead Exemption Info:
Apply Online (Martin): https://www.pa.martin.fl.us/homestead-exemption/apply-online
Property Appraiser’s Offices:
Main Office: Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office 1111 SE Federal Highway, Suite 330, Stuart, FL 34994 (772) 288-5608 Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM
Indiantown Annex – Open Part time. Call 772-288-5608 for office hours.
Government Complex 16550 Warfield Blvd., Indiantown, FL 34956
Hobe Sound Annex 11726 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound, FL 33455 (772) 546-1309 Monday – Friday | 8 AM – 5 PM
St. Lucie County Homestead Exemption Info:
Information (St. Lucie): https://www.tcslc.com/property-tax/property-appraiser-exemptions/
St. Lucie County Property Appraiser Offices:
Main Office 2300 Virginia Ave, Ft. Pierce, FL 34982 Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM
PSL Office – Walton Road Annex 1664 SE Walton Rd. #104, Port St. Lucie, FL 35952 Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM
St. Lucie West Annex Building 250 NW Country Club Dr., Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM