The best way to reduce your tax liability is to file for every exemption you qualify for. There are several exemptions available, some of which are listed below.

  • Homeowner’s Exemption - If you own a home and it is your principal place of residence on January 1, you may apply for an exemption of $7,000 from your assessed value each year. This equates to at least ~$70 off your property tax bill annually. Note that you only need to claim this exemption once, and it’s important to submit this claim soon after you buy.
  • Disabled Veterans Exemption - If you are a disabled veteran who is blind in both eyes, has lost the use of two or more limbs, or is totally disabled as a result of injury or disease incurred in military service, you may be eligible for an exemption of the assessed value of your home. The Veterans Administration must certify the veteran’s disability. Unmarried surviving spouses of certain deceased veterans may also qualify.
  • Institutional Exemption - Property used exclusively by a church, nonprofit college, cemetery, museum, school, or library may qualify for an exemption. Property owned and used exclusively by a nonprofit, religious, charitable, scientific, or hospital corporation may also be eligible. To receive the full exemption, an applicant must file completed claim forms by February 15.
  • Disaster Relief - You may be eligible for tax relief if your property is damaged or destroyed by a calamity, such as fire or flooding. To qualify, you must file an Application for Reassessment: Property Damaged or Destroyed by Misfortune or Calamity with the Assessor’s Office within 12 months from the date the property was damaged or destroyed. The loss must exceed $10,000 of current market value.
  • Builders/Developers - New construction built specifically for sale may be excluded from supplemental assessment.

Beyond taking every exemption you qualify for, you can also appeal your property’s assessed value with the county if you believe your property has been inaccurately assessed.

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