The homestead exemption program was originally introduced in 1972 for low-income homeowners age 65 and older to help alleviate the burden of tax increases caused by escalating property values. As a result of House Bill 119, the homestead exemption is now available to all homeowners, regardless of income, who are either 65 or older or permanently and totally disabled.
The application period for Tax Year 2013 is open through Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
To qualify for the program, a homeowner must:
All homeowners who qualify for the homestead exemption will receive a flat $25,000 property tax exemption on the market value of their home. 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 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, select the link above to download an application, or file an application electronically.
Those homeowners who already receive the homestead exemption do not need to reapply every year. However, if your circumstances change and you no longer qualify, 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.