By Jill Richardson
The Idaho Tax Commission’s Property Tax Reduction (Circuit Breaker) Program’s deadline is April 15. This program is designed to save up to $1,320 in property taxes eligible participants.
According to AARP Idaho, not even half of the people that qualify for this program are regularly applying for the reduction in property taxes.
One of each three main criteria must be met to qualify:
1. Participant must own and live in a home or mobile home in Idaho that was the primary residence before April 15, 2013. (Nursing home residents may qualify, contact the local county assessor for information) and
2. Had income of $28,000 or less in 2012, and
3. Participant must meet one of the following status requirements as of January 1, 2013:
a. Age 65 or older
d. Fatherless or motherless child under 18 years of age
e. Former prisoner of war/hostage
f. Veteran with a 10% or more service connected disability or receiving a pension from Veterans Affairs (VA) for a nonservice-connected disability
g. Disabled as recognized by the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, or Federal Civil Service
“It is important that people are informed,” said Pam Waters of Idaho State Tax Commission. “They need to know where to go, their local county assessor’s office, and that they must meet three criteria.”
For local residents there are a couple opportunities to her more about this program and get questions answered. Melba Valley Senior Center is having an information seminar on Thursday March 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Kuna Senior Center will also host on Friday April 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Applications must be submitted to the local county assessor’s office by April 15.