Who is eligible for the Homestead Exemption?
If there is more than one owner of a property, the one who first reaches age 65 should file the application.
Define "permanently and totally disabled."
…some impairment in body or mind that makes him unfit to work at any substantially remunerative employment where he is reasonably able to perform and which will, with reasonable probability, continue for an indefinite period of at lease 12 months…"
An appropriate certificate of disability form must be completed and signed by a licensed physician or psychologist (or a copy of the Social Security Disability notice of award letter) and submitted with the Homestead Exemption application.
Are there other requirements?
When can I apply?
Applications for the homestead program may be filed beginning the first Monday in January until the first Monday in June each year.
Since manufactured home-owners pay their taxes currently, they must file their Homestead Exemption application during the year prior to the year for which the reduction is requested to get the benefit on their tax bills.
Does the Homestead Exemption have an effect on the other real estate tax reductions?
The Homestead Exemption is an additional reduction in the real estate taxes beyond the other property tax deductions and rollbacks.
Can the surviving spouse of a deceased person qualify?
To qualify for the Homestead Exemption the surviving spouse must:
By signing the Homestead Application, you authorize the Auditor to examine any records relating to your age. You also affirm, under penalty of perjury, that you did not acquire the home from another person (not your spouse, or a relative) for the purpose of qualifying for the Homestead Exemption.
Ohio law provides that anyone who makes a false statement for purposes of
obtaining a Homestead Exemption, or failing to report any changes in ownership
or disability or other relevant information on a timely basis, is guilty of a
fourth-degree misdemeanor. Individuals convicted of such a misdemeanor are
ineligible to receive the Homestead Exemption for the three years following the
conviction and must pay any improperly exempted tax, plus interest.
How much of a reduction will I get?
The amount of reduction that
you may receive depends on the tax rate of your community. The program
provides an exemption from real property taxes on the first 25,000 of an
eligible taxpayers homestead. Call the Auditor's office at 419-636-5639 for an
estimate of tax savings.
Will I still have taxes to pay?
Homestead Exemption offers a reduction
in taxes but does not eliminate your total tax bill.
Click here for a Homestead Application.
If you need more information, please contact your Williams County Auditor. You are welcome to either call the office at 636-5639, or stop by to visit us at the second floor of the Williams County Courthouse, Bryan, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.