When a property owner files a false application, or is no longer entitled to a homestead exemption or agricultural classification, they are in violation of the law. Property owners who build non-permitted structures, room additions, enclosures, or pool, may be in violation of the law. Property owners who underpay documentary stamp tax on their deed at the time of purchase, knowingly or unknowingly, are in violation of the law.
If you know of a property in Lake County that you believe should NOT be receiving a tax reduction from a homestead exemption, or an agricultural classification, has non-permitted construction, or has under-reported doc stamps, or has non-permitted construction, we urge you to report the property.
If found in violation of homestead exemption, or other exemptions, a tax lien can be filed against the property; owners can be back-taxed for up to ten years and will be required to pay a penalty of 50% of the unpaid tax for each year and will be assessed interest at a rate of 15% per year. Ouch! It adds up to big dollar amounts – fast! (See sections 193.155 (10) and 196.161 of the Florida Statutes)
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