EXEMPTION FOR DEPLOYED SERVICEMEMBERS: Section 196.173, F.S.
Form DR-501M –Deployed Military Exemption Application
A servicemember who receives a homestead exemption may receive an additional ad valorem tax exemption on that homestead property if he/she was deployed during the preceding calendar year on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of designated military operations. The Department of Revenue will notify the property appraisers of the designated military operations each year. Current List of Designated Operation Names.
The following documentation is required, along with the Form DR-501M –Deployed Military Exemption Application:
DEPLOYMENT ORDERS (NATO Orders cannot be used)
The most common two forms are listed below. However, other formats are acceptable (other than NATO orders). Please go ahead and submit them, along with the remaining documents needed.
- DD Form 1610 “Request and Authorization for TDY Travel of DOD Personnel” NOTE: Operation name MAY be listed on 2nd If so, be sure to provide BOTH pages of the 1610.
- “CED” Orders Please REDACT any other service members’ information that may be on the back page, if needed. Copy of front AND back pages of the CED orders will be needed. “DATA MASKED” CED orders are considered unclassified but they will not have the operation name listed.
FINAL TRAVEL VOUCHER (usually obtained from DTS website)
An acceptable form MUST show the exact arrival / departure flight dates & locations. The 2 most common formats of vouchers received are listed below and both say “TRAVEL VOUCHER” on the forms.
- DD Form 1351-2 – It does not have to be a copy of a final “paid” voucher, as long as it reflects exact flight dates.
- Long form on DTS (no form #)– This format includes your daily per diem pay for the duration of your deployment is usually several pages in length. If submitting this format, only the first 2 pages are needed.
- Flight Itineraries or Travel Authorizations cannot be accepted. Be sure your form says “voucher”.
VERIFICATION OF OPERATION
If your deployment orders do NOT state the operation name, then you will be required to also provide one of the three documents listed below to serve as verification of the operation name.
- MEMO FOR RECORD (“MFR”)- Must be on military letterhead, signed by either a commanding officer, UDM/Coordinator, or other authorized military personnel (cannot be signed by applicant), and it must state the deployment dates and specific operation name.
- LETTER OF EVALUATION (“LOE”) –Must reflect operation name in box 6 or in “Comments” section.
- COMMENDATION MEDAL/CERTIFICATE– Must state operation name and include the dates for entire deployment, not just a portion of the days.