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August 2007 News Archive
Senior Citizens and the Disabled Can Reduce Their Property Taxes with Ohio’s New Homestead Exemption Program

The Homestead Exemption allows senior citizens and permanently and totally disabled Ohioans to reduce their property tax burden by shielding some of the market value of their home from taxation.

The exemption, which takes the form of a credit on property tax bills, allows qualifying homeowners to exempt $25,000 of the market value of their home from all local property taxes. For example, through the Homestead Exemption, a home with a market value of $100,000 would be billed as if it were worth $75,000.

The exact amount of savings will vary from location to location. But overall, across Ohio, qualified homeowners should save an average of about $400 per year.

Starting July 2, 2007, the Homestead Exemption is now available to all Ohio homeowners, regardless of income, who are either 65 or older or permanently disabled.

The new Homestead Exemption starts with tax bills payable in 2008.

To qualify for the Homestead Exemption Act you:

Must be an Ohio resident homeowner

Be at least 65 years old during 2007

Be totally and permanently disabled as of January 1, 2007 as certified by a licensed physician or psychologist, or a state or federal agency

Be the surviving spouse of a person who was receiving the previous Homestead Exemption at the time of death and where the surviving spouse was at least 59 years old on the date of death.

Information taken from the Ohio Department of Taxation

Washington-Morgan Community Action Washington and Morgan Counties, Ohio

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