Frequently Asked Questions about the Homestead Exemption Program Land contracts, life estates and trusts meet the criteria for home ownership.
What is the Homestead Exemption program?
The Homestead Exemption program allows senior citizens and permanently and totally disabled Ohioans to reduce their property tax burden by shielding some of the market value of their home from taxation.
What kind of property tax savings will I receive?
The Homestead Exemption, which takes the form of a credit on property tax bills, allows qualifying homeowners a reduction that is equal to the taxes that would otherwise be charged on up to $25,000 of the market value of their home from all local property taxes.
Who is eligible for the Homestead Exemption program?
Those eligible must be 65 years of age or older or be permanently or totally disabled and must own the home where they live as of the year in which they apply.
Is there an income restriction tied to eligibility with this program?
There are no income requirements.
I will not turn 65 years of age until later in the year, am I still eligible?
One may turn 65 anytime during the calendar year of 2011 and still be eligible for receiving the exemption on their 2011 taxes payable in 2012 as long as they occupy the residence as of January 1, 2011.
When is the last day to apply?
Enrollment in the Homestead Exemption program is open until the first Monday in June. The Auditor must receive applications postmarked by June 6th.
Who do I call if I have additional questions?
The Montgomery County Auditor's Homestead Hotline phone number is 225-4341 and Missy Hanssen will be happy to answer your questions.
I own a vacation home out of state where I reside for a couple of months a year. Do I still qualify?
What constitutes homeownership?
I am 65 years of age and live in a mobile home that I own. Can I still qualify for this property tax credit?
Yes. Please contact the Homestead Hotline at (937) 225-4341 and we will send you an application.
I am 65 years of age or older, I own the home where I reside, but I do not live in Montgomery County. Can I still qualify for this program?
This is a statewide program. You can call our Homestead Hotline number at 937-225-4341 and we can provide to you the phone number for your county's Auditor. If you know that number, please call and ask your county's Auditor about the Homestead Exemption program.
My children and I have set up a trust for my home. Can I still qualify for this property tax credit?
In terms of ownership, you are eligible for the Homestead Exemption if all of the following are true:
I missed last year's deadline. Can I still receive a Homestead Exemption for last year's taxes?
Qualified applicants who missed last year's deadline may also sign up before June 1st and still get a reduction on last year's taxes payable this year.
I know I receive the Homestead Exemption on my taxes. Do I need to reapply every year?
Current Homestead Exemption recipients do not need to reapply or do anything unless they have moved or had some change in their status.
I own the home where I reside and I am permanently and totally disabled. What do I need to do to sign up for the Homestead Exemption?
Disabled applicants may attach a disability status form from a state or federal agency to the application -OR-
Disabled applicants may complete the Certificate of Disability found on the back of the Homestead Exemption application form. A doctor or psychologist must certify that the applicant is totally and permanently disabled.
I lost my spouse who was 65. I, the surviving spouse, am 59 (less than 65 years of age). Can I continue to receive the Homestead Exemption on the home that we shared?
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, can continue to receive the benefit.
For the purposes of the Homestead Exemption, the definition of a surviving spouse must be:
Frequently Asked Questions about the Homestead Exemption Program
Land contracts, life estates and trusts meet the criteria for home ownership.