MAHONING COUNTY Law offers military tax break

Taxes can be deferred for up to six months, with repayment spread over five years.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Part-time members of the military who've been called into active duty in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks can get a temporary break on paying their real estate and manufactured home taxes.
They have to contact their county treasurer's office to apply.
"I don't think very many military people are even aware of this option," said John Reardon, Mahoning County treasurer.
Details: The legislation, enacted last month, provides a six-month extension on tax payment deadlines for members of the Ohio National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves who have been called to duty under Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle, the Governor's Directive of Sept. 28, or any subsequent director, Reardon said.
Any affected military member or their spouse can apply for an extension for payment of taxes due during the period of active duty and for six months after his or her duty terminates. Application must be made within six months of duty termination.
The applicant must provide proof of eligibility, Reardon said. He said the bill is designed to recognize the sacrifice of those called to duty and the hardships placed on their families while they are away.
The measure was introduced in the House in October 2001. It was approved 95-1 by the House on Jan. 30, and 32-0 by the Senate on Feb. 20. It went into effect immediately upon receiving Governor Bob Taft's signature March 4.
Reardon said the legislation was endorsed by the County Treasurers Association of Ohio.
Paying it back: He said county treasurers can enter into a contract with applicants for payment of the taxes in installments, to begin in the seventh month after their duty ends. The repayment period can be up to five years and the property will not be placed on a delinquent tax list during that time.
Arrangements can also be made for people whose taxes are included in their monthly mortgage payment and paid by their bank, Reardon said.

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