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Florida First Responder Exemption  

West Palm Beach, Fla. – The Palm Beach County Property Appraiser’s Office (PAO) will be taking applications for the additional exemption for totally and permanently disabled Florida first responders, effective for tax year 2017 between July 1 and August 1, 2017. Late applications will be accepted through September 15, 2017. After September 15, the first responder may file a $15 non-refundable Late File Petition up to January 2, 2018.

The exemption was approved by Florida voters in the November 2016 general election and was finalized by the Florida Legislature and Governor this spring. It provides ad valorem tax relief equal to the total amount of ad valorem taxes owed on a homestead property of a Florida first responder who is totally and permanently disabled as a result of an injury or injuries sustained in the line of duty. First responder, means a law enforcement officer, a correctional officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic.

There are a number of criteria required to qualify for this exemption, foremost, the first responder must have been employed by a Florida Agency when he or she was injured.

For a complete list of qualifications for this exemption and other necessary forms click here. A reminder, the filing period for this exemption for 2017 is July 1, 2017 through August 1, 2017. All applicants must bring required documentation and visit (in person) one of our Service Centers located throughout Palm Beach County.

For any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 561.355.2866.