IDAHO COUNTY— Area residents could qualify for some relief from property taxes. Idaho’s Property Tax Reduction 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.

“Many homeowners think you have to be 65 before you can apply, but that’s not the case,” said Pam Waters, coordinator of the Property Tax Reduction program for the Idaho State Tax Commission. “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, 2019:

• 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 requires that you have no more than $30,450 in total income in 2018. You also must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident and own and live in your home by April 14, 2019.

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 Monday, April 15, 2019.

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