New Rules for Homestead Exemption in Ohio

If either you or your spouse are fully disabled or will be 65 years of age or older in 2013 and have not yet applied for the homestead exemption for your personal residence owned on or before January 1, 2013, you have a limited time to file an application with the county auditor in order to avoid the new maximum income requirement.

Applications are available on each county auditor’s website. The deadlines vary by county. For instance, in Hamilton County, the application must be filed before December 2, 2013. If you have already qualified and been approved for the homestead exemption in this or prior years, there is nothing further required and you will continue to enjoy its benefits without the income requirement. The maximum annual income for all those otherwise qualified individuals beginning with the tax year 2014 or those who have otherwise not applied is $30,000.00. The annual savings for those who qualify for the homestead exemption is approximately $400.00.

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