The homestead credit has been enacted to allow a property tax credit for a taxpayers primary residence. Read carefully the qualifying guidelines given below:

Notice of Homestead Credit
IC 6-1.1-12-37

DEFINITIONS:

"Dwelling" means residential real property improvements which an individual uses as his residence, including house and garage.

"Homestead" means an individual's principal place of residence and is established as follows:

The individual (or an entity such as a corporation, in which the individual has a beneficial interest) either owns or is buying under contract recorded in the County Recorder's office that provides that the individual (or the entity) is to pay the property taxes on the residence and that obligates the seller to convey title to the individual upon completion of all of the individual's contract obligations; and consists of a dwelling and land not exceeding one acre, that immediately surrounds the dwelling.

WHO MAY QUALIFY:

As described in the definition of "homestead", the individual residence owner or contract buyer or the entity that owns the residence or is buying it under contract.

No portion of a residential dwelling which is income producing is eligible for the homestead deduction, including, but not limited to, one-half of a duplex side or rented apartment that is part of the structure, a beauty shop or crafts shop in one or two rooms of the structure, a dry cleaners or electronics shop beneath an apartment, or an auto repair shop in the garage.

WHEN TO FILE:

Real property:
Deduction applications must be completed and dated by December 31 of the year prior to the first year the taxpayer wishes to claim the deduction and must be filed in the Auditor's office or postmarked on or before January 5th of the year the taxpayer wishes to obtain the deduction.

Mobile Home (I.C. 6-1.1-7) and manufactured homes not assessed as real property:
The application must be filed during the twelve (12) months before March 31 of the year the deduction is to be effective.

HOW TO FILE:

Forms must be filed at the County Auditor's office in the county where the homestead is located. If an individual desires to have the receipt returned, he must provide a self addressed, stamped envelope to the County Auditor's office.

Only one individual may receive a credit for a particular homestead in a particular year. The portion above the "Signature of owner" must be completed in full before credit will be considered.

For additional filing information, please see IC 6-1.1-12-37

DISALLOWANCE OF MULTIPLE CLAIMS:

The County Auditor may not grant an individual or married couple a homestead deduction if:

(1)The individual or married couple, for the same year, claims the homestead deduction on two (2) or more different deduction applications;
and
(2)The applications claim the homestead deduction for different property.

If a person moves from his Indiana principal place of residence (for which he is receiving a homestead deduction) after the assessment date to a new principal place of residence later that year, the homestead deduction on the first property will stay in place for that tax cycle and the person can apply for and potentially receive a homestead deduction on the new property for that same tax cycle.  For the next assessment date, the homestead deduction would be removed from the first property. See IC 6-1.1-12-37(h).

CHANGE OF USE PENALTY:

An individual who changes the use of his real property and fails to file a certified statement with the auditor of the county notifying him of the change of use within sixty (60) days after the date of the change is liable for the amount of the credit he was allowed for that real property plus a civil penalty equal to ten percent (10%) of the additional taxes due.

AMOUNT OF CREDIT:

The amount of the credit is is determined each year by the proper state office.

* If you are married you must submit the last five digits of your Social Security number(SSN) for you and your spouse.  If you do not have an SSN you must submit the  last five digits of your Driver's License or State ID Card for you and your spouse.

* If you are completing the Homestead deduction application for a Mobile Home, per IC 6-1.1-12-37(q), you must submit a copy of the owner's title to the Auditor's office in order to receive the deduction. We cannot process the Homestead deduction application until we receive the title. The title may be submitted in person, by mail at 1 E. Main St. Ste. 102, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by fax at 260-449-7679.

If you wish to complete the Homestead Deduction Application in hardcopy format, you may click the link below to obtain a PDF version. Please note that this form cannot be saved, only completed and printed. Once completed, you can return the form to our office by mail at Rousseau Centre 1 E. Main St., Ste. 102 Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802, by fax at 260-449-7679, by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or in person at our office.

pdfHomestead Deduction Application

If you would like to complete the Homestead Deduction Application electronically, please click the link below.

WARNING: You must click the "Submit" button after completing the Homestead Form! Failure to do so may result in no filing and consequently, no deduction! If you do not receive a confirmation of your filing by email within two (2) business days, call the Auditor's Office to confirm receipt of your filing!

Online Homestead Deduction Application

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