Homestead Exemption is a form of property tax relief and results in a reduction in Real Estate taxes for those who qualify. The exemption, which takes the form of a credit on property tax bills, allows qualifying homeowners to exempt $25,000 of the market value of their home from all local property taxes.
The 2015 filing period is January 5 through June 1.
If you are a senior citizen or
disabled person and meet the following criteria, you are encouraged to enroll in the Homestead program:
- Applicants who are 65 or older. Please note: It does not matter what date you turn 65, as long as you turn 65 some time during the year.
- Applicants who are totally and permanently disabled. If disabled, the applicant is required to have their physician complete the certificate of disability form or submit a certificate from a state or federal agency.
- Applicants must own and occupy their home or mobile home or have ownership interest in it (i.e. land contract, lease purchase), as of January 1 of the application year.
- New applicants for 2015 must have a Total Household Adjusted Gross Income of $31,000 or less. For faster processing, please include a copy of your 2014 State of Ohio Income Tax filing - for income verification. Please note: Household income includes the income of the applicant and the applicant's spouse. Social Security income is exempt and is not considered income for the purpose of the Homestead Exemption.
For additional information, please contact the Lucas County Homestead Department at (419) 213-4332 or 4336.