How to File for Homestead Exemption in 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017  

how to file for homestead exemption

A homestead exemption on your residence can help you save on your property taxes. The exemption deducts part of the value of your residence from taxation and lowers your property tax bill. For example, if your residence is valued at $200,000 and you qualify for a $20,000 exemption, you are billed for taxes on your home and land as if it was worth $180,000. Each County sets is own amount for homestead exemption.

How do I qualify for homestead exemption?

If you purchased a home that is your legal principal residence prior to January 1, 2017, you are entitled to apply for homestead exemption on the home and land.

To be granted homestead exemption, you must occupy the home and the home must be considered your legal residence for all purposes.

Once you have applied and been granted homestead exemption that residence will continue to receive the exemption each year until the home is sold.

How do I find homestead exemption details for my county and apply for homestead exemption?

You can access the homestead exemption form and specific information including the filing deadline for your county, by contacting your local county tax accessor’s office or by searching online: Your County homestead exemption.

If you received a homestead exemption last year and still own and occupy that residence, your exemption application will be renewed automatically until you sell the property or it is no longer used as your primary residence.

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