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March 3 deadline for 2014 exemptions, classifications

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By Special to the Chronicle

The 2014 deadline is two weeks away for the filing of homestead and other exemptions and classifications, according to the Citrus County Property Appraiser’s Office. Applications may either be hand delivered or mailed and postmarked no later than Monday, March 3. 

For eligibility, a complete application with all supporting documentation is required. This deadline applies to:

* Homestead exemption.

* Widow/widower exemption.

* All veterans disability exemptions.

* Deployed military exemption for duty in specified active war zones during 2013.

* Other eligible physical disability exemptions.

* Portability applications.

* Agricultural or conservation classification.

* Conservation in perpetuity exemption.

* Institutional, education, religious or charitable exemptions.

Property owners with an existing exemption or classification should have received their annual renewal postcard in January. Assuming there are no changes in ownership or other status affecting the exemption or classification, renewal is automatic. A new application is required if you have bought a new home and/or moved, or made any changes in the title to your home. Contact the Property Appraiser’s Office if unsure.

Filings after March 3, 2014, are considered late and will be considered for the 2015 tax roll. However, the property appraiser may at his discretion, approve late filed applications for good cause and upon request. The property appraiser’s website, www.citruspa.org, provides explanations of eligibility and what documentation is required to file the application. 

The customer service staff is available to answer questions in both offices. In Inverness, call 352-341-6600 (Courthouse Annex Building). In Crystal River, call 352-564-7130 (West Citrus Government Center). Applications may be mailed to either location.