I purchased my home in Florida, Palm Beach county, in 2005 and I received my homestead exemption. Last week I was checking something on the Palm Beach Property Appraiser website and to my surprise I noticed that in 2012 my homestead exemption vanished. Also, the property owner was no longer my "Last name First Name" but "Last name First Name EST". I was surprised because once you apply for homestead exemption you don't lose it unless you do something that makes you ineligible for it and I knew that wasn't the case. So, I went to the office to see what happened.
Here's what happened. My dad lived with me and had the same last and first name as mine. I have a middle name but my dad didn't. In 2011 he passed away. Someone looked at the death certificate in Palm Beach County and looked at the name and address but not the social security numbers and from the property tax standpoint I was declared dead and lost my homestead exemption. I think that also accounts for the EST (estate) in the property owner's name.
Since it wasn't me that made the mistake is there any chance I can get all the extra money I paid in property taxes back? Or will the Appraiser Office tell me that since I have a chance to appeal my property taxes every year I am no longer entitled to get any money back? We are talking about 8-10K.