The Homestead Program is designed to provide tax credit relief to citizens who are at least 65 years of age or permanently and totally disabled.
To qualify for the New Homestead Exemption, the following criteria must be met:
- After January 1, 2014 new applicants must also show they have an annual Ohio adjusted gross income less than $34,600 to qualify for the exemption.
- You must be at least 65 years old during the year in which you are applying, or be permanently and totally disabled, or be a surviving spouse of a person who was receiving the previous Homestead Exemption at the time of death and where the surviving spouse was at least 59 years old on the date of death.
- Disabled applicants must include a Certificate of Disability form (DTE 105E) signed by a doctor or State or Federal Agency or have an awards letter from the Social Security Office.
- You must own and occupy your home as your principal place of residence as of January 1st of the year in which you are applying.
- With the passage of HB 85, military veterans who are 100 percent disabled from a service related disability are now eligible for an increased homestead exemption from
$25,000 to $50,000. Applicants must complete the Homestead Exemption Application for Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses (DTE105I) to receive this exemption.
Real Property and Manufactured Homes Applications are due by December 31st.
To file a Homestead application, please return completed forms to the Auditor’s Office or you can file electronically online. Be sure to select “new user, create an account” to begin.