Applications are now being accepted for enrollment in the Homestead Exemption Program for 2015. New applicants who own and occupy their home and will turn 65 years old in 2015 or become permanently and totally disabled are subject to an income test to qualify for the program. If you are applying for homestead and did not qualify for the exemption for 2014, your total income cannot exceed the amount set by law, currently $31,000. “Total income” is defined as the adjusted gross income for Ohio income tax purposes (line 3 of Ohio income tax return) of the owner and the owner’s spouse for the year preceding the year for which you are applying. If you do not file an Ohio income tax return, adjusted gross income includes compensation, rents, interest, fees and most other types of total income. Certain Social Security and disability benefits are not included in adjusted gross income. If you are unsure of what income is included, contact the Auditor’s office. You may be required to produce evidence of income.
Late applicants, homeowners who qualified for the Homestead Exemption last year (2014) but failed to sign up, may enroll in the program in 2015. The income limit for tax year 2014 is $30,500.
Veterans who own and occupy their home and have been determined to have a 100% service-connected disability are also eligible for the homestead exemption program. These applicants are not subject to an age limit or income test to qualify.
If you are currently receiving the homestead exemption you do not need to re-apply, but should have received a renewal notice earlier in the year. The renewal notice should be returned to the Auditor’s office, notifying us of any changes that may affect your enrollment status.
The deadline to apply for the Homestead Exemption for both new applicants and late applicants is Monday, June 1, 2015. Applications are available by calling the Auditor’s office at 419-636-5639 or can be downloaded from the Auditor’s website at www.co.williams.oh.us/auditor.