The Citrus County Property Appraiser reminds homeowners that filing for their homestead exemption is available online for 2020 applications.
The Citrus County Property Appraiser’s office offers property owners the convenience of using its online homestead filing system (e-file) to file for new homestead exemptions. This is in addition to the options of filing by mail or in person at one of its two locations.
Those who own and moved into a new home in Citrus County after Jan. 1, 2019, may now file for a 2020 homestead exemption using the online homestead e-file process.
To file online, the property appraiser’s office must reflect the property ownership in your name. If you have recently closed on your property, allow property appraiser’s office 30 days from your closing date to process the deed and ownership change. To be eligible for homestead exemption, you must be a permanent resident of Florida who owns and occupies real property as of Jan. 1 of the year in which you are applying.
If you established a new homestead and had a previous homestead exemption on another home in Florida, you may be eligible for portability the transfer of some or all of your old homestead’s “Save Our Homes” benefit, which is the difference between your market and assessed values due to the annual cap on increases. Please inquire with one of the property appraiser’s two offices.
To apply online, visit www.citruspa.org and select the Homestead e-file link under exemptions at the top of the home page. Review the instructions there and follow the steps for completing the online filing process.
When filing online, some special circumstances may require that additional documentation be supplied to the property appraiser’s office. In these cases, users will be notified via email of any additional documentation that may be required.
The deadline for filing for a 2020 Homestead exemption is March 2, 2020.
For information, call the Inverness office at 352-341-6600 (Courthouse Annex Building), in Crystal River call 352-564-7130 (West Citrus Center). Applications may also be mailed to either location at the address listed on the property appraiser’s website.