Greater tax savings for those claiming widow/widower exemption



West Palm Beach, FL Beginning Jan. 1, the property tax exemption for widows/widowers was raised from $500 to $5,000, increasing tax savings from an estimated $10 a year to $100. Those who have already qualified for the widow/widower exemption do not need to take any action - the increase in savings will be automatically applied to their 2023 assessment. Any widow/widower who qualifies for the homestead exemption may claim this exemption. To file, visit, call 561.355.2866 or email "This change was implemented by the Florida Legislature," said Palm Beach County Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks, CFA, AAS. "I advocated on behalf of this exemption increase because it makes the tax savings more meangingful and helpful to our residents." Palm Beach County currently has 36,245 residents claiming the widow or widower exemption.