Columbiana seniors: Apply for exemption for taxes by June 3

Staff report


Columbiana County Auditor Nancy Milliken reminds senior citizens that she will be accepting applications for homestead exemption through June 3.

Seniors who already are signed up do not need to reapply; the new enrollment period is designed primarily for individuals who were not previously eligible for the newly expanded homestead-exemption program. Any permanently and totally disabled person or senior citizen who will be 65 or older in 2013 is eligible for the new program. There is no income requirement. Homeowners who were eligible last year and missed the deadline to sign up may still claim the exemption for the 2012 tax year.

Homestead applications for the 2013 tax year, with bills payable in 2014, are available at the Columbiana County auditor’s office. To claim the exemption for the 2012 tax year, applicants must check the box “late application for prior year.” Taxpayers may check the box as long as they are seeking the exemption for a home they have owned and lived in since Jan. 1, 2012. The completed application should be submitted to the auditor’s office.

Likewise, if the taxpayer misses this year’s June 3 deadline, they may apply next year for both the 2013 and 2014 tax year.

The taxpayer will receive credit for a late homestead-exemption application for 2012 or 2013 depending on when the application was received and approved by the auditor.

Taxpayers may receive a corrected first-half tax bill that includes the homestead savings, have the entire tax savings applied to the second-half bill, or receive a refund in the form of a check later this year.

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