Apply for a Poverty Property Tax Exemption

Can't afford to pay your property taxes? You're in the right place to file for a property tax exemption due to poverty.

Online

We don't accept online applications

You'll need to complete the paper form. Click the Paper Form or In Person tab of this page for instructions to download the form. Call or visit our office if you need filling it out. You can find our number and address in the Contact Us section of this page.

Paper Form

Check your eligibility

You could qualify for the poverty exemption if you:

  • Live in the home you own (commonly referred to as your homestead) and have a valid Principal Residence Exemption on file
  • Meet the Asset Level test. The items you own in your home and your other assets can't be worth more than $7,700 (for 2020)
  • Meet the federal poverty income standards identified in our 2020 Poverty Exemption Guidelines(PDF, 90KB) .

Gather your documentation

You'll need to file for this exemption every year. You can file for the current tax year starting January 1st, and up until the Board of Review concludes in December. It's good idea to pick a month before December and make a reminder for yourself to file every year. You'll need to include the following documents with your application:

  • A copy of your valid driver's license or other form of ID, for everyone livining in the household over age 16
  • A deed, land contract, or other ownership document for the property
  • Income verification. This includes, but is not limited to the following: Social Security income, employment income, disability income, cash assistance, documentation of rental income, child support, alimony, food assistance and all other sources of income, for everyone living in the household over age 16
  • Federal, State and Local income tax returns from the current or previous year for everyone that lives in the home. Include any property tax credit forms you have
  • Current bank/credit union statement for all checking, savings and money market accounts
  • Titles/registrations for any vehicles registered in your name, including cars, trucks, recreational vehicles, boats, farm equipment, trailers, motorcycles, campers, etc.
  • If someone living in the home did not have to file federal or state income tax returns, they need to sign and submit this affidavit with the application

Complete the application

You'll need to print and submit the original application, along with your supporting documentation to our office. Don't have a printer? You can pick up the form at our office, we're located at the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page.

Download Application(PDF, 206KB)

Mail your documents to our office

Mail your completed application and supporting documentation to the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page.

We'll review your application

We'll send your application on to the Board of Review. Keep in mind that it may take months before the Board of Review meets to review your application and make their decision. After the deliberations, we'll mail you a notice of approval or denial.

Phone

Call us for instructions

You can find our number in the Contact Us section of this page. You won't be able to apply over the phone, but we can answer any questions you may have about the Poverty Exemption Application, the Board of Review Process, or the Poverty Exemption Application.

In Person

Check your eligibility

You could qualify for the poverty exemption if you:

  • Live in the home you own (commonly referred to as your homestead) and have a valid Principal Residence Exemption on file
  • Meet the Asset Level test. The items you own in your home and your other assets can't be worth more than $7,700 (for 2020)
  • Meet the federal poverty income standards identified in our 2020 Poverty Exemption Guidelines(PDF, 90KB) .

Gather your documentation

You'll need to file for this exemption every year. You can file for the following tax year starting January 1st, and up until the Board of Review concludes in December. It's good idea to pick a month before December and make a reminder for yourself to file every year. You'll need to include the following documents with your application:

  • A copy of your valid driver's license or other form of ID, for everyone living in the household over age 16
  • A deed, land contract, or other ownership document for the property
  • Income verification. This includes, but is not limited to the following: Social Security income, employment income, disability income, cash assistance, documentation of rental income, child support, alimony, food assistance and all other sources of income, for everyone living in the household over age 16
  • Federal, State and Local income tax returns from the current or previous year for everyone that lives in the home. Include any property tax credit forms you have
  • Current bank/credit union statement for all checking, savings and money market accounts
  • Titles/registrations for any vehicles registered in your name, including cars, trucks, recreational vehicles, boats, farm equipment, trailers, motorcycles, campers, etc.
  • If someone living in the home did not have to file federal or state income tax returns, they need to sign and submit this affidavit with the application

Bring your documents to our office and complete the application

You can fill out the form in our office. We're located at the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page. Make sure you bring the required documentation mentioned above.

If you completed the application at home and you're ready to submit, visit us at the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page. Our office hours are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

We'll review your application

We'll send your application on to the Board of Review. Keep in mind that it may take months before the Board of Review meets to review your application and make their decision. After the deliberations, we'll mail you a notice of approval or denial.