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Marsha M. Faux, CFA, ASA
Polk County, Florida
Property Appraiser

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Florida Tax Exemptions for Disabled First Responders (Amendment 3)

Florida voters passed Amendment 3 in November 2016. Amendment 3 is an ad valorem tax exemption on homestead property for a first responder who is totally and permanently disabled because of an injury sustained in the line of duty. First responder refers to a law enforcement officer, a correctional officer, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, or a paramedic. In the line of duty means arising out of and in the actual performance of duty required by employment as a first responder.

The Property Appraiser has received a number of calls related to the new First Responders Exemption. At this time, the Florida State Constitution has not been updated to reflect the exemption. If you feel you may qualify for this exemption or would like to be contacted with additional information, please fill out the form here. Once our office has received the First responders exemption application from the Department of Revenue we will contact you.

Effective date: January 1, 2017 -- Applies retroactively to the 2017 tax roll for any person who qualifies for the exemption.


Recently a number of Polk County residents received letter from First Documents, Record Transfer Services, and others stating the need for homeowners to pay for a "Current Grant Deed and Property Assessment Profile". (SAMPLE LETTERS)

The Polk County Property Appraiser's office wants you to know that property records and deeds may be obtained online for little or no cost to you and without having to pay a service.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk of the Courts or the Property Appraiser's Office.

Important Dates

Web site date
Monday, August 14, 2017

Mail out date
Thursday, August 17, 2017

File a petition deadline
Monday, September 11, 2017

Missed the deadline and can show good cause? File a GOOD CAUSE PETITION.
Pre-File for 2018
Late File for 2017

You may file in person or online.
TPP Tax Return Deadline

Extension Request Period
3/20/2017 - 4/3/2017

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