Senior Citizen Tax Exemptions

( There is a companion page that describes the Senior Citizen Solid Waste Disposal 25% Discount. Click here for that information. )

Senior citizens are entitled to a number of tax exemptions including homestead exemptions and additional exemptions for being a widow/widower, being blind, being poor, being disabled and being a disabled veteran or his/her surviving spouse. Check your recently received tax bill. The tax bill indicates what exemptions you might be getting or haven't applied for but to which you're entitled. Look at the block midway down on the right labeled "Exemptions". At the end of this page is our tax bill. I have circled in red where to look for your exemptions on your tax bill.

If you owned the home as of January 1, it will have your two $25,000 homestead exemptions: "HB 25000" and "HX5 25000". If not, you need to apply.

If you are a widow or widower, it should have that exemption indicated by "WX 500". If not, you need to apply.

If you are blind, it should have that exemption indicated by "DX 500". If not, you need to apply.

If you are over 65 and have an adjusted gross income of less than $25,780, it should have that exemption indicated by "SC [and an amount up to $40,000]". If not, you need to apply. Note that the minimum income amount changes from year to year. The $25,780 is for 2009.

If you are over 65, a disabled veteran and was a Florida resident at the time you entering military service, it should have that exemption indicated by "DX ---". The amount depends on how disabled you are. If not, you need to apply.

If you are a veteran that is at least 10% disabled, it should have that exemption indicated by "VT 5000". If not, you need to apply.

If you are a veteran and totally disabled because of a service-connected injury or the surviving spouse of such a person, it should show that exemption indicated by "DX ---". Not sure of the amount - might be 100%. If not, you need to apply.

If you are a Florida resident that is totally disabled, it should have that exemption indicated by "DX 500". If not, you need to apply.

If you are a quadriplegic, paraplegic or hemiplegic who must use a wheelchair for mobility, you are exempt from taxes. If not, you need to apply.

Fuller explanations of the above exemptions are available by clicking here

The four page application form for the above exemptions is available by clicking here

Pages 1 & 2 are instructions.

Page 3 is a sample form that goes with the instructions.

Page 4 is the form that you can fill-in and print out for mailing or filing.

You can file in person at the "Hillsborough County Property Appraiser" office in the Sun Point Shopping Center. Turn in between KFC and McDonalds and it will be ahead of you. Be sure to go to the "Property Appraiser" office, not the "Tax Collector" who is located next door. The two ladies who run that office are very friendly and will be glad to help you.

Here is our tax bill. I have circled in red where to look for your exemptions on your tax bill.

Tax bill example

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