March 1st is the deadline for filing all property tax exemption applications in the state of Florida, as well as all agricultural classification applications.  No matter in which of the 67 Florida counties you own property, please be certain that any property tax exemptions you may be entitled to are taken care of by that date by submitting applications to the Property Appraiser.  This includes the entire array of property tax exemptions including, but not limited to:  homestead; agricultural classification; charitable; educational; religious; senior living; affordable housing; etc.  If you have been receiving exemptions for prior years, you may not be required to fill out an annual application, but make sure that lack of requirement of annual renewal is confirmed with the respective Property Appraiser's office.

The Property Appraiser then has until July 1st to approve or deny the exemption or classification application. The intervening 4 months can be spent providing additional information to the Property Appraiser, or answering questions that each office may have. If a denial is received by July 1st, an administrative appeal can be filed within 30 days of that denial.

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