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What is the law (if any) in the state of florida, that requires

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What is the law (if any) in the state of florida, that requires a religious institute to pay property taxes.?

Welcome and thank you for giving me the opportunity to assist you with your tax question.


Qualified organizations may receive a partial or total exemption on their properties:

  • Charitable
  • Educational
  • Literary
  • Scientific
  • Religious

Annual Application Required for Exemption


Florida law requires that all organizational applicants for a tax exemption be non-profit except for educational institutions. Although qualification as exempt under 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code is a good start, this alone is not definitive as to non-profit status for exemption purposes under state law. We look at many things, including but not limited to:

Whether your organization has a consumer certificate of exemption from the Florida Department of Revenue;


Relationships between the organization and its members/officers;


Payments made to its members/officers; and


Charges made to those using its services


See 196.195 of the Florida Statutes for more detailed information.


I hope this information is helpful to you. Thank you.



Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I specifically ask for a law (statute) . You did give a statute if I wanted more detail, but that was not an answer. Also it's about religious institute, church, what requires churches to even file for exception, or if a church is not non-profit, what law requires it to pay property taxes.j
The statute I provided pertains to the organizations which are exempt from paying property taxes in Florida. All of the information is contained in that statute. Being a non-profit religious organization is mandatory for exemption and is only the first step to being exempt from paying property taxes in Florida.
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To further assist you, the following is a detailed explanation of how exemption from paying property taxes in Florida is determined:


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