An end-of-year deadline is approaching to ensure you keep your homestead deduction on your property taxes.
Jenny Banks with the Department of Local Government finance says county auditors are conducting a one-time state-ordered cleanup of the tax rolls.
“The form is an additional form that was just sent out in 2010, 2011 and 2012. And that is to make sure everyone claiming the homestead deduction has the ability to do it, and you‘re not getting duplicate homestead deductions on multiple properties,” Banks says.
You‘re only entitled to one, for the house you live in. Pink or rose-colored verification forms were mailed with tax bills each of the last three years. You only have to return it once, but you have to do it by the end of the year.
Banks says there are no plans to conduct a similar sweep in the future — the forms are being used to create a statewide database that will allow auditors to instantly determine whether homeowners are receiving more deductions than the law allows.