In 2007, state leaders expanded the homestead exemption to make property tax relief available to more than a half million additional senior citizens and permanently and totally disabled Ohioans.
The homestead exemption dates back to 1971 and has long offered those who qualify the chance to shield part of their “homestead” — a dwelling and up to one acre — from property taxation. But for years, most senior citizens and disabled Ohioans were excluded because of income tests.
The redesigned exemption offers all eligible homeowners, regardless of income, the opportunity to shield up to $25,000 of the market value of their homestead from property taxation. That means a home valued at $100,000 will generally be taxed as if it was valued at $75,000. On average, those who qualify are saving $400 per year.
The catch? Seniors and disabled Ohioans must apply with their local county auditor in order to take advantage of the homestead exemption. Applications can be submitted in any year after the first Monday in January and on or before the first Monday in June.
File with the county auditor after the first Monday in January and on or before the first Monday in June. To apply for the Homestead Exemption please download and complete one of the following PDF forms and send it to the Auditor's Office: