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Are you eligible for property tax relief in 2018?


Many homeowners throughout Idaho County may be eligible for property tax relief. In past years, only about 50 percent of eligible homeowners have applied for the tax break.

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Many homeowners throughout Idaho County may be eligible for property tax relief. In past years, only about 50 percent of eligible homeowners have applied for the tax break.



— Did you know that Idaho has a Property Tax Reduction program? The program reduces property taxes on an eligible homeowner’s primary Idaho residence and up to one acre of land by as much as $1,320. Reductions are grants from the state, and there’s no repayment.

“Many homeowners think you have to be 65 before you can apply,” said Pam Waters, coordinator of the Property Tax Reduction program for the Idaho State Tax Commission. “But that’s not the case. You may be eligible at any age if you meet certain criteria.”

To qualify, you must be in one of the following categories by Jan. 1, 2018:

• Recognized as disabled by the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, Federal Civil Service, a public employee retirement system not covered by these agencies, or by Veterans Affairs

• Widow(er)

• Blind

• Fatherless or motherless child younger than 18 years old

•Former prisoner of war

•Age 65 or older

The program also requires that you have no more than $30,050 in total income in 2017. You must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. And you must own and live in the home by April 14, 2018.

You can get an application for property tax reduction on the Tax Commission’s website or from your county assessor. You must file an application with your county assessor by Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

For information:

•Contact any county assessor’s office in Idaho. At the Idaho County Courthouse, call 208-983-2742.

•Call the Tax Commission at (208) 334-7736 in the Boise area or toll-free at (800) 334-7756



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