Homestead exemption applications due April 1
Franklin County Tax Assessor-Collector Talina King Matthews has announced local homeowners have until April 1 to file their request for homestead tax exemption consideration.
“Homeowners who received homestead exemption last year and did not have a change in their status do not need to reapply,” Matthews said.
“However, a new homestead application is needed for those who have obtained a new home, bought or sold land attached to their homestead property, lost their spouse, turned 65 years old or became disabled in 2022, were married or divorced, applied a life estate to their homestead property, placed their homestead property in a trust or recorded any deed that applies to a change on their homestead property.”
In seeking a regular homestead exemption — which allows taxpayers a maximum credit of $300 — the following documentation is required:
• A copy of the applicant’s recorded warranty deed.
• A proof of purchase price and down payment.
• The license plate numbers of all vehicles held by the property owner.
• The applicant’s phone number and email address.
• The applicant’s Social Security number and birth date.
• If married, the spouse’s Social Security number and birth date.
• If divorced, proof of this legal action.
• The applicant’s driver license.
• A utility bill showing the property’s address.
For those who are 65 years old and over and are re-applying for the over-65 homestead exemption, which allows for an assessed value reduction, a driver license or other proof of age is needed.
If applying for a disability homestead exemption — which also allows for an assessed value reduction — a Social Security award letter (CIPQUY) or a statement of being totally disabled with the date the applicant was declared disabled must be brought to the tax office.
For 100-percent disabled American veterans, who are exempt from ad valorem taxation, the applicant will need to have a letter from Veteran Affairs declaring the individual to be 100-percent disabled.
For taxpayers applying for an over-65, disability or a 100-percent disabled veteran exemption for the first time, the documents necessary to apply for a regular homestead exemption must be provided in addition to the special documents requested.
In addition, taxpayers who have lost a spouse in their household must bring their family member’s death certificate when seeking homestead exemptions.
Matthews also stated business owners within the county must report their assets via a personal property rendition form by April 1.
If those assets are not reported by the deadline, a 10-percent increase will be added to their assessment.
Emailed renditions cannot be accepted by the tax office.
Additionally, anyone who operates a business outside of the corporate limits of Franklin County’s three municipalities — Meadville, Roxie and Bude — is required to obtain a privilege license through the county.
For questions regarding homestead exemptions or other tax-related matters, contact the Franklin County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office at 601-384-2359.
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