Fla. court says non-residents can get tax break

Honduras couple's case ruling has wide implications for non-residents' taxes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Foreigners and out-of-state residents living in Florida can get a property tax break if their children living with them are state residents.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a couple from Honduras is entitled to a $25,000 homestead exemption on their property taxes.

That's because David and Ana Andonie had been living in a Key Biscayne with their children who are U.S. citizens and Florida residents.

The ruling could have wide implications, especially in South Florida where many foreigners live.

The high court ruled that a 1968 change in the state constitution made it clear that a home qualifies for a tax break if it is the permanent residency of either the owner or someone who is a dependent of the owner.

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