Mar 22, 2013

Homestead Reduction Applications taken

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Auditor’s Office is now accepting applications from homeowners and manufactured home owners who are eligible to file for a homestead reduction on the Real Estate Taxes or Manufactured Home Taxes (payable in 2014).

The Homestead Law grants a homestead reduction to disabled homeowners, regardless of age, as well as homeowners who will be 65 years old or older in the year 2013. The basic qualification for a homeowner who will be 65 years or older in 2013 are:

* Must have owned and occupied the homestead property as of Jan. 1, 2013.

The basic qualifications for a disabled homeowner are:

* Must be considered permanently and totally disabled as of Jan. 1, 2013

* Must have owned and occupied the homestead property as of Jan. 1, 2013

When applying for the Homestead Reduction, please provide the following information:

* Current real estate or manufactured home tax receipt on the homestead property.

* If filing for Disability Homestead Reduction, you must provide your federal/state paperwork showing the effective date of your disability, or the DTE105E form completed by your doctor.

Homeowners owning more than one-acre of land can also apply. However, the homestead reduction will be granted only on one-acre of land, plus the house and garage. Homestead reductions will be granted if manufactured homeowners own land or live in a mobile home park.

Homestead renewal applications need to be returned only if changes have occurred. All necessary forms, including the DTE105A (Homestead Application) and DTE105E (Certificate of Disability), can be obtained at the auditor’s office in the courthouse, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or the auditor’s website at www.darkecountyrealestate.org under the Forms option.

If any assistance or more information is needed, call 547-7313 and ask for Deidre. The deadline for filing a Homestead Reduction is June 3, 2013.

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