Property Tax Exemption Deadline Nears

Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov said filing for the property tax exemption ends March 1.

Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov said Tuesday qualifying residents have until March 1 to apply for property tax exemptions. 

The tax exemptions, which Dubov said may result in hundreds of dollars in property tax savings, are for permanent residents of Pinellas County.

Regular office hours for the property appraiser are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Property owners may also apply online from the website at www.pcpao.org, a news release said.

According to Dubov, Florida offers several property tax benefits for qualified residents:

  • Homestead Exemption for a primary residence
  • Low Income Senior Exemptions
  • Widow/Widower Exemptions
  • Disability Exemptions and Exemptions for Blind Persons
  • Exemptions for Veterans with a Service Connected Disability (or for his or her surviving spouse)
  • Discount for combat wounded Florida Veterans over age 65
  • An additional property tax exemption for certain deployed members of the United States military.

According to a news release, each exemption has its own set of qualifications. To find out if you qualify, or for additional information, call the Personal Exemptions Division at 727-464-3294, or visit the Pinellas County Property Appraiser website at pcpao.org.

Some important facts to remember:

  • The homestead exemption automatically renews each year, but not all of the exemptions do.
  • If you purchased a property that had a homestead exemption at the time of purchase, that exemption will be removed on Dec. 31, and you will need to apply for your own.
  • The deadline to file for a personal exemption for 2013 is March 1, 2013.

Office locations:

County Courthouse
2nd Floor
315 Court Street
727 464-3207

North County Office
Northside Square
29269 US HWY 19 N

Tyrone Office
Govt Services Ctr
1800 - 66th St. N
St. Petersburg 

Starkey Lakes Branch
Starkey Lakes Corp Center
13025 Starkey Road

Charles Keating January 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Filing deadline for Property tax senior exemption is March 1, 2014 and application requires AGI from your Federal 1040 for tax year 2013. Since most 1099 don't arrive until end of January and federal forms are not available until late in Janurary, and the 1040 line instruction booklet won't even be published until the end of Janurary, this makes it impossible for most seniors to file in timely fashion; even if a senior is adept at online, what if that senior still doesn't have his or her 1099s in timely fashion, etc" Who is responsible for this untimely deadline for filing? In most states the problem has been solved by going back the last year one's 1040 was done, e.g., 2012. Either that or move the filing application date to, say May 1st since 2013 returns are done by then.


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