Keith announces approach of new Homestead Exemption deadline
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 8, 2016
Contact: Mike Brill
Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith is alerting homeowners who may be eligible for the Homestead Exemption Program that the deadline to apply for this year’s exemption is Saturday, December 31st.
The Homestead Exemption provides seniors age 65 or older, or those permanently and totally disabled, a property tax credit on their annual real estate tax bill. In Montgomery County, the average savings is nearly $700 for those who enroll and qualify. Totally disabled veterans may be eligible for additional benefits.
“A lower tax bill would be a nice way to celebrate the holidays,” said Keith. “We want everyone who might be eligible for the Homestead Exemption program to sign up and apply for this valuable tax break.”
Keith will be running radio advertisements the three weeks leading up to the deadline to make sure homeowners do not miss the opportunity to apply.
Those ads are important because the December 31st deadline is new. The County Auditors’ Cleanup Bill signed by the governor last summer allows eligible homeowners to apply for the Homestead Exemption year-round. This year is the first year the new deadline is in effect. The application deadline was previously in June.
“Ohio’s county auditors advocated for this change to make it easier for Ohioans to receive this benefit, by expanding the application window and alleviating unnecessary confusion,” said Keith.
Only homeowners whose total adjusted gross household income is $31,500 or less are eligible for the exemption. Homeowners are additionally required to own and occupy their residence on January 1, 2016 to be eligible for this year’s tax credit and must be 65 years of age or turn 65 by December 31, 2016.
Homeowners already receiving the benefit do not need to re-apply, according to Keith.
The Auditor’s Office has already received more than 1800 Homestead applications this year, said Keith. There are currently more than 43,000 homeowners in Montgomery County receiving the Homestead Exemption.
Montgomery County residents who believe they may be eligible should visit www.mcauditor.org/homestead for more information. Homestead Exemption forms can be downloaded and printed from the website. Montgomery County residents who have any questions or concerns can call the Auditor’s Homestead Hotline at 937-225-4341 for assistance.