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The exemption, which takes the form of a credit on property tax bills, allows qualifying homeowners to exempt $25,000 of the market value of their home from all local property taxes. For example, through the Homestead Exemption, a home with a market value of $100,000 would be billed as if it is worth $75,000.
Is at least 65 years old or turns 65 in the application year; or
Is totally and permanently disabled as of January 1st of the application year, as certified by a licensed physician or psychologist, or a state or federal agency; or
Is the surviving spouse of a person who was receiving the previous homestead exemption at the time of death and where the surviving spouse was at least 59 years old on the date of the death.
The annual household adjusted gross income must be less than $30,000.
To qualify, an Ohio resident also must own and occupy a home as their principal place of residence as of January 1st of the application year, for real property or manufactured home property. For individuals who own more than one home, the principal place of residence is the home where the person is registered to vote and the person's place of residence for income tax purposes.
For example, assume you turn 65 in November 2014, the homestead application would need to be filed by the first Monday in June and the reduction would appear on the tax bill you receive in 2015.
If the county auditor denied your application, you were required to receive a notice on or before November 1st informing you of and explaining the reason for denial.
The certificate is part of the application form, DTE 105A.