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Tax Assessor and Collector Pat Kight is urging people to file for homestead exemption before the April 1 deadline and have their vehicle tag numbers ready when they come.
Homestead exemption entitles people to a tax break between $6 and $300 and is a way of reducing the taxes on residences.
Kight said people who are filing for homestead exemption for the first time or have changed their status since last year need to file a homestead exemption application.
People who need to file a homestead exemption application are:
- people who purchased a home in 2010 and began living in home by Dec. 21, 2010.
- people who experienced a change in their marital status during 2010.
- people who turned 65 or became disabled in 2010.
- people who bought or sold property that is part of homestead.
People who turned 65 or became disabled are eligible for an additional exemption. But their status does not necessarily exempt them from paying the total amount of the taxes.
People disabled or 65 are exempted up to $7,500 of the assesed value but are assessed for anything over that amount. The value of the property will determine whether there will be any taxes due.
People who have purchased a new home or purchased or sold any land over the past year and are filing homestead exemption for the first time will have to go to the tax office in person.
First-time homestead filers will need to bring the following information to the tax office: a copy of their deed, selling price, down payment, all vehicle tag numbers, and both husband and wifeâ€™s social security numbers.
Kight encourages homestead filers to have their car tag numbers ready when they file for homestead exemption. If filers have their tag numbers ready, they will eliminate the unnecessary problem of having to go down the hall to the main tax office to learn their tag numbers. Filers will avoid holding up the line by having their tag number ready, Kight said.
â€śIf customers would have their tag numbers when they come to sign their homestead, it would help us expedite the service to everyone,â€ť she said.