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BCPA - Senior Instructions

Low-Income Senior's Additional Homestead Exemption

Many Florida senior citizens are now eligible to claim an additional $25,000 Exemption -- which applies only to the County's portion of the taxes and city taxes for residents of cities which also adopted the additional exemption. By local option, the county and cities may adopt an ordinance increasing this exemption "up to $50,000" and/or the Long-term Residency Senior Exemption (see below for the list of cities adopting the increased amount). In order to qualify for the Low-Income Senior Exemption for 2015, an applicant must be 65 or older as of January 1, 2015 AND have a combined household adjusted gross income for 2014 not exceeding $27,994 (based on 2013 income limitation). (note: this number is adjusted annually in January to reflect the percentage change in the average cost-of-living index). In order to qualify for the Long-term Residency Senior Exemption, the applicant must have maintained permanent residence on the property for at least 25 years, meet the age and income requirements listed above and the applicant's property must have a just value less than $250,000. The Long-term Senior Residency Exemption exempts the ad valorem city taxes for qualified residents of the cities which adopted the ordinance. Please follow the steps listed below to insure proper filing.

If You File An Income Tax Return:

  1. Complete Part (A), Part (C), and Part (D) of the Sworn Statement of Adjusted Gross Income of Household
  2. Submit the Sworn Statement of Adjusted Gross Income of Household to the Property Appraiser on or before March 2, 2015.
  3. Submit a copy of your 2014 Income Tax Return Form 1040 and W-2 for all persons residing in your home (excluding renters and boarders) to the Property Appraiser no later than June 1.

If You Do Not File An Income Tax Return:

  1. Complete Part (A), Part (B), Part (D), and Part (E) of the Sworn Statement of Adjusted Gross Income of Household
  2. Complete Lines 1 through 4 of the IRS Form 4506 and sign the form. There is no fee for verification of non-filing.
  3. Submit the Sworn Statement of Adjusted Gross Income of Household, proof of age, and the IRS Form 4506 to the Property Appraiser on or before March 2, 2015.
  4. Submit a copy of your Social Security Statement (SSA 1099) to the Property Appraiser no later than June 1, 2015. The Social Security Administration will send you your SSA-1099 by February 1.

The absolute deadline to LATE FILE for any 2015 exemption -- if you missed the March 2, 2015 timely filing deadline -- is September 18, 2015. State law (Sec. 196.011(8), Fla. Stat.) does not allow late filing for exemptions after this date, regardless of any good cause reason for missing the late filing deadline.

For more info about the Low-Income Senior Citizen's Additional Homestead Exemption,
please contact our Customer Service & Exemptions Division:
Call 954.357.6830 or


A majority of Broward seniors are eligible to receive the maximum possible tax savings under this law. The cities listed below have adopted the Senior Citizen's Additional Homestead Exemption (note: the granting of the additional exemption is a "local option" under Florida law):

  1. Coconut Creek
  2. Cooper City *
  3. Coral Springs *
  4. Dania Beach *
  5. Davie
  6. Deerfield Beach
  7. Fort Lauderdale *
  8. Hallandale Beach *
  9. Hillsboro Beach *
  10. Hollywood
  11. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea *
  12. Lauderdale Lakes
  13. Lauderhill
  14. Lazy Lakes
  15. Lighthouse Point *
  16. Margate
  17. Miramar *
  18. North Lauderdale
  19. Oakland Park *
  20. Parkland
  21. Pembroke Park
  22. Pembroke Pines *
  23. Plantation
  24. Pompano Beach *
  25. Southwest Ranches *
  26. Sunrise *
  27. Tamarac
  28. Weston *
  29. West Park
  30. Wilton Manors

* = Municipality enacted the "local option" ordinance increasing the Senior Exemption to $50,000.

New for Tax Year 2014: The cities of Miramar and Oakland Park enacted the "local option" ordinance for the long-term residency senior exemption in addition to the $50,000 Senior Exemption (please see eligibility requirements above).

New for Tax Year 2015: The city of Pompano Beach enacted the "local option" ordinance for the long-term residency senior exemption in addition to the $50,000 Senior Exemption (please see eligibility requirements above).

If your municipality is not on this list, you are not receiving the full savings allowed by this law. We would urge you to contact the elected officials in your city. Let them know of your strong support for the adoption of the Senior Homestead enabling ordinance for the taxpayers in your city.

Source: Broward County Property Appraiser's Office - Contact our office at 954.357.6830. Legal Disclaimer.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address
released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity.
Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.