get it now -- homestead exemption

Submitted by Susan Miller on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 08:50.

Its a taxing situation in Ohio these days. Here's a break for some of our friends and neighbors who qualify...

Expanded Homestead Exemption

Who qualifies for the new Homestead Exemption?
Any Ohio resident homeowner who:

  • Is at least 65 years old during 2007; or
  • Is totally and permanently disabled as of January 1, 2007 as certified by a licensed physician or psychologist, or a state or federal agency; or
  • Is 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.

To qualify, an Ohio resident also must own and occupy a home as their principal place of residence as of Jan. 1, 2007 for real property or Jan. 1, 2008 for manufactured home property. For individuals who own more than one home, the principal place of residence is the home where the person is registered to vote and the person’s place of residence for income tax purposes.

If you know anyone who qualifies, suggest this to them or check to see if they have heard:
From the auditor's webpage
Since we know many seniors are not "online" these days, your casual queries of your neighbors might just be a neighborly conversation to have over the fence or on the sidewalk.

It's a time sensitive matter: Applications for the new Homestead Exemption must be submitted on or after July 1, 2007 and received by your county auditor’s office no later than Oct. 1, 2007. Note: Applications postmarked on Oct. 1, 2007 but received after that date will be denied for missing the deadline. Taxpayers who miss the 2007 filing deadline may still claim the credit for property taxes to be paid in 2008, but must wait until 2008 to apply.

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