Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Real estate taxes exemption in Florida for quadriplegics, but why?

  1. #1
    Senior Member smokey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Massachusetts, USA
    Posts
    2,175

    Real estate taxes exemption in Florida for quadriplegics, but why?

    I am a Massachusetts resident. My father had a condominium in Florida and I came to realize if the property was in my name and I lived there full-time I would not have to pay real estate taxes.

    Does anyone know the theory or the rationale behind this tax exemption for quadriplegics? I would love to have a tax exemption up here in Massachusetts for my house as I pay almost $12,000 a year for real estate taxes. Most of the tax money goes towards the public schools and my wife and I do not have any children. Could some of the rationale behind the tax exemption in Florida be quadriplegics typically do not have children that would use the school system? Quadriplegics typically do not work, quadriplegics do not make as much money as the average person, quadriplegics have high medical bills that must be paid, quadriplegics typically have transportation problems and are not reliable employees due to transportation problems, health problems, PCA problems etc.?

    I am just throwing this out there and I am not saying quadriplegics do not work or do not have children or do not have transportation. I'm just wondering why Florida exempts quadriplegics from paying real estate taxes. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!
    Last edited by smokey; 02-28-2019 at 01:06 PM.

  2. #2
    Good question, Smokey. I don't know the answer but imagine that you could research it by discovering when the legislation was passed and who the bill's sponsors were. There must be newspaper accounts that offer the back story. My guess -- and it's only that -- is that in part at least, a consortium of real estate developers were able to successfully lobby the state legislature to exempt property taxes to attract disabled veterans primarily for in an effort to sell new housing. The city/state revenue base would grow some by virtue of the increased population (i.e., sales taxes).

    The provision appears to include paras as well.

    196.101 Exemption for totally and permanently disabled persons.—(1) Any real estate used and owned as a homestead by any quadriplegic is exempt from taxation.
    (2) Any real estate used and owned as a homestead by a paraplegic, hemiplegic, or other totally and permanently disabled person, as defined in s. 196.012(11), who must use a wheelchair for mobility or who is legally blind, is exempt from taxation.
    (3) The production by any totally and permanently disabled person entitled to the exemption in subsection (1) or subsection (2) of a certificate of such disability from two licensed doctors of this state or from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor to the property appraiser of the county wherein the property lies, is prima facie evidence of the fact that he or she is entitled to such exemption.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    middle georgia
    Posts
    2,313
    I am a quad I live in florida lose to tally I had 2 dr sign off on me being a quad I pay no property taxes para don/t eith from what I understand but they do have to show taxes where quads don/t

  4. #4
    Senior Member Oddity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Posts
    3,735
    Blog Entries
    1
    We have a similar program in Virginia. How much of an exemption depends on income, it's a sliding scale from 20% to 100% exemption. Be sure, also, that it is a true "exemption". I've heard from others (in other states) that these programs can be "deferred" taxes, not totally exempted, which come due upon selling or estate settling upon death. I think it's simply a compassionate thing, since stats say only ~20% of us work.
    "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

    "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

    "Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions..." -Heraclitus, Fragments

  5. #5
    Suspended Andy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Chicago IL
    Posts
    9,722
    Seems like Florida actually has some thoughtful laws, including one where the government wont be putting someone out on the street from their own house due to a severe disability.

  6. #6
    I get 30% as a para in Tennessee. If you're military disabled 100%, you get 75% off. It used to be 100% off if military disabled, they just changed it a few years back.
    Last edited by airart1; 03-02-2019 at 03:03 AM. Reason: added more info

  7. #7
    Suspended Andy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    Chicago IL
    Posts
    9,722
    Quote Originally Posted by airart1 View Post
    I get 30% as a para in Tennessee.
    That is interesting news. Is that a county only, or state law? Definitely gotta check into that now...

  8. #8
    Senior Member pfcs49's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    NW NJ ***********T12 cmplt since 95
    Posts
    1,671
    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Seems like Florida actually has some thoughtful laws, including one where the government wont be putting someone out on the street from their own house due to a severe disability.
    Gosh, Andy!! Thoughtful=socialism. You're almost making sense AND compassionate? Congratulations!
    69yo male T12 complete since 1995
    NW NJ

  9. #9
    I think it's state, Andy, might be just county, never checked..i live in Montgomery...Clarksville...

  10. #10
    Senior Member smokey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Massachusetts, USA
    Posts
    2,175
    Quote Originally Posted by stephen212 View Post
    Good question, Smokey. I don't know the answer but imagine that you could research it by discovering when the legislation was passed and who the bill's sponsors were. There must be newspaper accounts that offer the back story. My guess -- and it's only that -- is that in part at least, a consortium of real estate developers were able to successfully lobby the state legislature to exempt property taxes to attract disabled veterans primarily for in an effort to sell new housing. The city/state revenue base would grow some by virtue of the increased population (i.e., sales taxes).

    The provision appears to include paras as well.

    196.101 Exemption for totally and permanently disabled persons.?(1) Any real estate used and owned as a homestead by any quadriplegic is exempt from taxation.
    (2) Any real estate used and owned as a homestead by a paraplegic, hemiplegic, or other totally and permanently disabled person, as defined in s. 196.012(11), who must use a wheelchair for mobility or who is legally blind, is exempt from taxation.
    (3) The production by any totally and permanently disabled person entitled to the exemption in subsection (1) or subsection (2) of a certificate of such disability from two licensed doctors of this state or from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor to the property appraiser of the county wherein the property lies, is prima facie evidence of the fact that he or she is entitled to such exemption.

    Thanks Steverino, As you so brilliantly suggested, I think my best bet is to find the bill's sponsor in FL, contact them and find out what drove them to enact the law. It must have been a rather compelling set of reasons because he/she would have to convince other legislators it was a worthwhile bill.

Similar Threads

  1. Florida property tax exemption
    By Donnaz in forum Work, School, & Money
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-27-2018, 01:56 PM
  2. Real Estate Investing
    By mikeinbmore in forum Work, School, & Money
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-14-2017, 02:24 PM
  3. Real Estate Taxes
    By smokey in forum Life
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 05-13-2007, 09:06 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •