IDR Announces: Homestead Tax Exemption for Claimants 65 Years of Age and Older
On May 4, 2023, Governor Reynolds signed House File 718, establishing a homestead tax exemption for claimants 65 years of age or older.
In addition to the homestead tax credit, eligible claimants who own the home they live in and are 65 years of age or older on or before January 1st of the assessment year are now eligible for a homestead tax exemption. For the assessment year beginning on January 1, 2023, the exemption is for $3,250 of taxable value. For assessment years beginning on or after January 1, 2024, the exemption is for $6,500 of taxable value. An exemption is a reduction in the taxable value of the property rather than a direct reduction in the amount of property tax you pay.
The Iowa Department of Revenue has amended the Homestead Tax Credit and Exemption (54-028) to allow claimants to apply for the new exemption. Applications are due July 1st to the Wright County Assessor. It is recommended you fill out the form (free of charge) in-person at the Assessor’s office, located in the Courthouse on the first floor at 115 North Main Street, Clarion, so they can answer any questions you may have. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. If you prefer, free forms may also be found by clicking the following website: https://tax.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/2023-05/HomesteadTaxCreditAndExemption%2854028%29.pdf which can be completed and emailed to them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about the Homestead Tax Credit and Exemption, you are welcome to call the Wright County Assessor’s office at (515) 532-3737.
If the exemption is granted, the exemption will be allowed for future years without future filing as long as the claimant continues to qualify.