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Additional property tax exemption available for seniors
Additional property tax exemption available for seniors

Pinellas County, Fla. -- An additional property tax exemption of up to $50,000 is available for qualified senior citizens in 23 municipalities and Unincorporated Pinellas. The amount varies by taxing district and is based on the total household income received in 2011. The deadline to apply is March 1.  

Applicants will qualify if:

  • At least one homesteaded property owner is 65 years old or older on January 1, 2012;
  • The applicant qualifies for or already receives Homestead Exemption;
  • Total household income was $27,030 or less for 2011 (Non-taxable Social Security income is not included in that amount);
  • Applicant lives in a tax district offering the exemption

When you apply, bring:

  • If required to file a Federal Income Tax Return: bring Form 1040 or 1040A for 2011;
  • If not required to file a Federal Income Tax Return: bring documentation that will show total income for 2011 (bank statements, SSA 1099, Pension statements, for example);
  • First time applicants should bring proof of age

This exemption does not automatically renew like the homestead exemption does so citizens who received this benefit last year must reapply again this year. The good news is that they may renew by mail. A renewal form was sent at the end of January.

For more information and office locations, call 727-464-3294, or visit the Property Appraiser website at www.pcpao.org/Exemptions.html.

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