REPORTING FRAUDULENT OR IMPROPERLY
RECEIVED HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS!
IMPROPER HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION (Florida Statute 196.161)
This office investigates those who may have received a homestead exemption
improperly. Ineligibility for homestead is caused by one of several reasons such as
renting homesteaded property; having a homestead benefit in another county or state;
not using the homestead property as their primary residence or other reason which
should preclude that property from receiving a homestead exemption.
In accordance with Florida Statutes, an improper homestead will cause this office to file
a lien against the property for those years the property was ineligible for the exemption,
up to ten years. Also, there will be a penalty of 50% of the tax due on each year the
exemption was received and interest rate of 15% per annum will be applied.
How does this affect me?
Improper homestead exemptions take revenue from our law enforcement, our schools,
our libraries, and lower our quality of life in Santa Rosa County. Those tax dollars have
to be made up somewhere, and the honest taxpayers are the ones that make up the
What can I do to help?
If you think you should not be receiving a homestead exemption, please contact this
office. If you know or suspect an improper or fraudulent homestead is taking place, let
us know about it. You can do it CONFIDENTIALLY by filling out the form below or by
calling (850) 983-1898.
Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser
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