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  • Writer's pictureDebi Haning

Unlocking the Senior Property Tax Homestead Exemption: What You Need to Know

Are you a senior citizen or a surviving spouse looking to ease the burden of property taxes on your home? If so, you might be eligible for the senior property tax homestead exemption. This valuable benefit can reduce your property tax obligations, but it's important to understand the eligibility criteria and how it works.

Who Qualifies?

To qualify for the senior property tax homestead exemption, you must meet the following three basic requirements:

1. Age Requirement: You must be at least 65 years old on January 1 of the year in which you're seeking the exemption.

2. Ownership: You must be one of the owners of record and have held this status for at least 10 consecutive years prior to January 1.

3. Residency: The property must serve as your primary residence, and you must have lived there for at least 10 consecutive years before January 1.

The Exemption Benefits

For those who meet these eligibility criteria, the benefits are significant. The exemption allows you to exclude 50 percent of the first $200,000 of your primary residence's assessed value from property taxes. This means that a portion of your home's value will be exempt from taxation, reducing the overall property tax bill you're responsible for.

Important Considerations

It's crucial to note that applicants can apply for the senior property tax homestead exemption on only one property, and that property must be their primary residence. Additionally, the application process is generally straightforward, often involving a short and simple form.

However, it's essential to keep in mind that while I, as your real estate advisor, can provide this information, I am not a CPA or an attorney. Therefore, it's highly recommended to consult with a qualified tax professional or legal expert to ensure that you meet all the specific requirements and to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding your unique situation.

The senior property tax homestead exemption is a valuable financial relief option for eligible seniors and surviving spouses, offering tax savings. If you believe you meet the criteria, consider exploring this opportunity to ease your property tax burden and secure the financial benefits you deserve.

For more personalized guidance and assistance with real estate matters, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to help you navigate the complexities of homeownership and make informed decisions. This is Debi Haning, your real estate advisor with Coldwell Banker, providing you with valuable insights on the senior property tax homestead exemption.



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