In 1970, Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment permitting a homestead exemption that reduced property tax for lower income senior citizens. In 2007 the General Assembly expanded the program to include all homeowners who were either 65 or older or permanently and totally disabled, regardless of their income. Beginning with the 2014 tax year, the state of Ohio: 1) returned to the originally approved system of applying means/income testing to determine eligibility for the homestead exemption; and 2) added an additional classification of recipient, disabled veteran, which allows for an increased reduction of $50,000.
The application period for the program is open annually after the first Monday in January through the first Monday in June. The 2016 application period is January 4 through June 6, 2016.
To qualify for the senior and disabled persons homestead exemption, a homeowner must:
Note: Homeowners who received a homestead exemption credit for tax year 2013 will not be subject to the income requirement, even if they move to another Ohio residence. In other words, the grandfather status is "portable".
To qualify for the disabled veterans enhanced homestead exemption, a homeowner must:
Previously many veterans were frustrated when they learned they were not eligible for the expanded exemption because their total disability rating was at less than 100 percent although their compensation rating was at 100 percent. Beginning on March 23, 2016, these veterans now qualify if they were discharged from active duty under honorable conditions and if their compensation is based on individual un-employability, often referred to as "IU." Veterans eligible under this provision will have received a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stating that their application for the status of individual un-employability has been granted. The veteran should provide a copy of this document along with a copy of the DD214 to establish eligibility under this expanded law.
The exact amount of savings from the exemption will vary from community to community based on local tax rates. View an estimated reduction schedule for the senior and disabled persons homestead exemption for your tax district.
If you are interested in filing a homestead exemption application, call our office at 614-525-3240, visit our offices at 373 S. High St., 21st Floor, or select the appropriate link above to download an application. Senior and disabled applicants also have the option to file an application electronically.
Those homeowners who already receive the homestead exemption do not need to reapply every year. However, if your circumstances change you must notify our office. A continuing homestead exemption application is sent each year to those homeowners who received the reduction for the preceding tax year. Please return this form only if there have been changes in eligibility status, e.g. you no longer own the home, no longer occupy it as your primary place of residence, or if your disability status has changed.