News release from the Allen County Auditor:
Tax Deduction Filing Deadline for Allen County Homeowners Fast Approaching
(December 7, 2015) – Time is running out for Allen County homeowners to claim tax breaks for their property.
Tera Klutz, Allen County Auditor, announced today that applications for deductions must be completed and dated not later than Thursday, December 31, 2015. The forms must then be submitted to her office no later than January 5, 2016, for taxes payable in 2016.
Taxpayers do not need to reapply for deductions every year. Once appropriately placed on the property, the deduction automatically stays on the property unless the taxpayer moves. The lone exception is the Mortgage deduction, which must be re-filed if the property is refinanced. Taxpayers who have not moved in the past 24 months and would like to see the property tax deductions currently listed on their property may visit the Allen County Auditor website at www.allencountyauditor.us.
It is very important that homeowners who will be at least 65 on or before December 31 visit the Allen County Auditor website to review the eligibility requirements for receiving the Senior Citizen Property Tax Deduction often referred to as the Over 65 Deduction and the Over 65 Circuit Breaker Credit. The Auditor’s Office provides online filing for the Homestead, the Mortgage, the Senior Citizen, and Blind/Disabled property tax deductions.
“Many people retire and do not realize that with their lower income, they may be eligible for additional property tax deductions.” said Nick Jordan, Chief Deputy Auditor, speaking of the Over 65 Deduction and Circuit Breaker Credit. “We are happy to offer online applications for property tax deductions so taxpayers do not have to make a special trip downtown during the winter.”
“Taxpayers should visit our website or contact the Allen County Auditor’s office if they have questions or concerns about property tax deductions,” said Jordan. “It is important to ensure that taxpayers are receiving all the deductions they are eligible for in order to make their tax bills as low as possible next year.”
A complete listing of all deductions is available online at www.allencountyauditor.us. To see what deductions and credits were included on your 2015 tax bill, click the “Public Access Tax Info” link on the left and enter your name or address. To learn more about deductions and credits in general, click the “Property Tax Division” link on the left side. Homestead, Mortgage, Over 65, and Blind/Disabled deductions may be filed online. All other forms can be printed, completed and brought in the Auditor’s office weekdays from 8a.m. to 5 p.m. or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on property tax deduction eligibility, contact the Allen County Auditor’s office by email – email@example.com – or by calling (260) 449-7241.