Who is eligible for the Homestead Exemption?

To qualify for the Homestead Exemption you must:

  1. Either be at least 65 years old during the year for which you first file, or be permanently and totally disabled (you may file your application the year in which you will become 65) for tax year 2017. 
    1. Because of a change in state law, beginning in calendar 2014, homestead exemption applicants will be subject to an income means test. The limit for tax year 2020 (payable 2021) is $33,600 (Ohio adjusted gross income - line 3 on tax return). For 2021 (payable 2022) the limit is $34,200. (Homestead recipients prior to 2014 are not subject to the income test).
  2. Or be a Veteran declared 100% disabled due to service connected disability (no means test). Download the Veteran’s Homestead Application (PDF).
  3. As of January 1 of the filing year, own and occupy your home (or manufactured home) in Williams County as your principle place of residence.

If there is more than one owner of a property, the one who first reaches age 65 should file the application.

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1. Who is eligible for the Homestead Exemption?
2. What is the definition of "permanently and totally disabled"?
3. Are there other requirements for the Homestead Exemption?
4. When can I apply?
5. Does the Homestead Exemption have an effect on the other real estate tax reductions?
6. Can the surviving spouse of a deceased person qualify?
7. What happens if I provide false information?
8. How much of a reduction will I get?
9. Will I still have taxes to pay?