Online Report Fraud Form
Homestead Exemption fraud is a serious issue that affects every taxpayer. The Homestead Exemption was created as a benefit for Florida homeowners who are permanent and legal residents of their home. Only one Homestead Exemption is permissible for a married couple (family unit). When someone is receiving an exemption to which they are not entitled, law-abiding property owners must make up the difference in lost tax revenue by paying higher property taxes.
If you know of anyone who is claiming Homestead Exemption on a property which is not their permanent residence, is rented, vacant or is merely a vacation home, we urge you to report this to our office by completing the form below. In the interest of expediency, it is extremely helpful and time-saving to an investigation if we speak to you directly. If you would like to make an anonymous report, please let the investigator know. An IP address is captured with all online reports.
Please remember that the status of a property on January 1 of each year is used to determine the property's value and exemption status for the entire year. If a property owner has Homestead Exemption and sells the property, their exemption will remain on the property for the entire calendar year and will be removed as of January 1 of the next year. Although there will still be an exemption showing on the property after the sale, it is NOT the new owner's exemption.