Homestead program changes effective June 2

Seneca County Auditor Julie A. Adkins announced changes to the State of Ohio’s Homestead program are now effective with the deadline of June 2.

New applicants who own their own home and turn 65 in 2014 or have become totally and permanently disabled now are subject to an income test to qualify for the program.

An income restriction imposed by state lawmakers last year will limit who is eligible for the Homestead Exemption in the future. The new rules require applicants to have a total Ohio adjusted gross household income of $30,500 or less.

New applicants who qualified for the program in 2013 but failed to enroll for any reason can file in 2014 as a late applicant and qualify for the exemption under the old rules with no income restrictions.

Under the revised version of the law, taxpayers already receiving the Homestead Exemption under the old rules are eligible to continue receiving the tax reduction going forward without undergoing the income review, unless there is a “change in status.”

Examples that would change a person’s status are the death of a qualified owner, change in the ownership of the property, a change in disability status or ceasing to own and maintain your primary residence in Ohio.

Taxpayers with questions regarding their status or who need additional information should contact the county auditor’s office at (419) 447-0692, 8:30 a.m., through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.