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Summary of Florida Military and Veterans Benefits: The state of Florida offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including homestead tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

Florida Military and Veteran State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my Florida Military and Veteran State Taxes Benefits?

Florida Retirement Income Taxes: Florida does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Florida.

young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemeteryFlorida Retired Military Pay Taxes: Florida does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Florida.

 Florida State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Florida does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Florida.

Florida State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Florida does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Florida.

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) / Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Florida State Tax Benefits : Florida does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Florida.

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Florida Homestead Tax Exemptions for Veterans: Any real estate owned and used as a homestead by a Veteran who has been certified as having a service-connected, permanent, and total disability is exempt from taxation.
Who is eligible for Florida Homestead Tax Exemptions for Veterans? Veterans must have been honorably discharged and have a 100% rated service-connected, permanent and total disability; the Veteran must also be a permanent resident of the state on January 1 of the tax year for which exemption is being claimed. ( FS 196.081(1) )

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Florida Homestead Tax Exemptions for a Veteran's Surviving Spouse: If, upon the death of the Veteran, the Spouse holds the legal or beneficial title to the homestead and permanently resides there, the exemption from taxation carries over to the benefit of the Veteran's Spouse until such time as they remarry, sells, or otherwise disposes of the property. If the Spouse sells the property, an exemption not to exceed the amount granted from the most recent ad valorem tax roll may be transferred to the new residence as long as it is used as the primary residence and the Spouse does not remarry. ( FS 196.081(3) )

Learn more about the Florida Homestead Tax Exemptions for a Veteran's Surviving Spouse

Florida Homestead Property Tax Discount for Veterans Age 65 and Older with a Combat Related Disability: A Veteran who is disabled, 65 or older, and owns homestead property may qualify for a property tax discount based on their percentage of disability. This discount is in addition to any other exemptions Veterans now receive. The discount shall be in a percentage equal to the percentage of the Veteran’s permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Who is eligible for the Florida Homestead Property Tax Discount for Veterans Age 65 and Older with a Combat Related Disability? To be eligible, the Veteran must have been honorably discharged from military service and be partially disabled with a permanent service-connected disability, at least part of which is combat-related. ( FS 196.082 )

Learn more about the Florida Homestead Property Tax Discount for Veterans Age 65 and Older with a Combat Related Disability

Florida Homestead Tax Exemptions for Surviving Spouse of Member of Armed Forces Who Died from Service-Connected Causes While on Active Duty: Any real estate owned and used as a homestead by the Surviving Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces who died from service-connected causes while on active duty is exempt from taxation if the member was a permanent resident of this state on January 1 of the year in which the member died. ( FS 196.081(4) )

Learn more about the Florida Homestead Tax Exemptions for Surviving Spouse of Member of Armed Forces Who Died from Service-Connected Causes While on Active Duty

Florida Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans (10% to 100% BUT not Permanent in Nature): Eligible, resident Veterans with a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certified service-connected disability of 10% or greater shall be entitled to a $5,000 homestead property tax exemption. Burial Flag
Who is eligible for the Florida Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans (10% to 100% BUT not Permanent in Nature)? To qualify for homestead exemption, a Veteran must be a bona fide resident of the state. The Veteran must establish this exemption with the county tax official in the county in which the Veteran resides by providing documentation of this disability from the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs. If the benefit is in effect at the time of death of the Veteran, the benefit will carry over to the un-remarried Spouse who had been married to the deceased Veteran for at least five years. If the Spouse sells the property, an exemption not to exceed the amount granted in the most recent ad valorem tax roll may be transferred to the new residence if used as the primary residence. EVERY person who is entitled to homestead exemption is this state and who is serving in any branch of the Armed Forces of the U.S. may file a claim for homestead exemption. Service personnel entitled to homestead exemption in this state, and who are unable to file in person may file through next of kin or a duly authorized representative. ( FS 196.24 )

Learn more about the Florida Homestead Property Tax Exemption (10% to 100% BUT not Permanent in Nature)

 Florida Real Estate Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans: Veterans who are paraplegic, hemiplegics, permanently and totally disabled and must use a wheelchairDisabled Veteran with prostetic leg for mobility, or are legally blind, are exempt from real estate taxation if gross annual household income does not exceed the  adjusted maximum allowed. Check with local property appraiser to determine if gross annual household income qualifies.

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Who is eligible for the Florida Real Estate Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans? The Veteran must be a resident of the State of Florida to qualify. Certificate of such disability from two licensed doctors from Florida or from the VA or an award letter from the Social Security Administration to the property appraiser is prima facie evidence of entitlement to such exemption. ( FS 196.101 )

Learn more about the Florida Real Estate Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans

Filing for Homestead Exemption by Next-of-Kin for Florida Service Members: Every person who is entitled to homestead exemption in this state and who is serving in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States, shall file a claim for such exemption as required by law, either in person, or, if by reason of such service they are unable to file such claim in person they may file such claim through their next of kin or through any other person they may duly authorize in writing to file such claim. ( FS 196.071 )

Learn more about Filing for Homestead Exemption by Next-of-Kin for Florida Service Members

Florida Local Business Tax Exemption for Veterans, Spouses of Veterans and Certain Service Members: Veterans, Spouses of Veterans and certain servicemembers, are entitled to an exemption from a business tax and any fees imposed under the Florida Business Tax Statutes, Chapter 205.
Who is eligible for the Florida Local Business Tax Exemption for Veterans, Spouses of Veterans and Certain Service Members? The following are eligible for the exemption:

  • A Veteran of the United States Armed Forces who was honorably discharged upon separation from service, or the Spouse or un-remarried Surviving Spouse of such a Veteran.

  • The Spouse of an active duty military Service member who has relocated to the county or municipality pursuant to a permanent change of station order.

( FS 205.055)

Learn more about the Florida Local Business Tax Exemption for Veterans, Spouses of Veterans and Certain Service Members

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What are my Florida Military and Veteran Education Benefits?

Florida Congressman C.W. Bill Young, Veteran Tuition Waiver Program: The Congressman C.W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program requires a state university, Florida College System (FCS) institution, or career center to waive out-of-state fees for an honorably discharged Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Reserve Forces or the National Guard who physically reside in Florida while enrolled in