Q: How do I know if I qualify for CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Valuation)?
A: The CAUV program provides tax relief in the form of property value reductions on farmland of ten acres or more devoted exclusively to agricultural use or for timberlands. The program also is available for tracts of land that are less than ten acres if the average yearly gross farm income for the past three years is at least $2,500 from agricultural products. If you have any questions, please call our office at 740-592-3223.
Q: How do I know if I qualify for the Homestead Credit?
A: The Homestead Program is designed to provide tax credit relief to citizens who are at least 65 years of age or permanently and totally disabled. To qualify for Homestead Exemption the following criteria must be met:
- You must be at least 65 years old during the year in which you are applying, or be permanently and totally disabled, or be a surviving spouse of a person who was receiving the Homestead reduction at the time of death and where the surviving spouse was at least 59 years old on the date of death. Disabled applicants must include a Certificate of Disability form (DTE 105E) signed by a doctor or State or Federal agency or have an awards letter from the Social Security Office.
- You must own and occupy your home as your principal place of residence as of January 1st of the year in which you are applying.
- Beginning January 1, 2014, new applicants have to show they have an annual Ohio adjusted gross income less than $32,200 for Tax Year 2017 to qualify for exemption. To apply- complete the Homestead Application and mail to our office. If the property is in a trust, a copy of the trust agreement must accompany the application. Application must be filed by December 31st. Applications can be mailed to: Athens County Auditor’s Office 15 S. Court Street Athens, Oh 45701. If you have any questions, please call our office at 740-592-3223.
With the passage of HB 85, military veterans who are 100 percent disabled from a service-related disability are now eligible for an increased homestead exemption from $25,000 to $50,000. Applicants must complete the Homestead Exemption Application for Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses (DTE 105I) to receive this exemption.
Q: How do I know if I qualify for the Owner Occupancy Tax Reduction?
A: Every property owner that resides in their home is eligible for the Owner Occupancy Tax Reduction on their property tax bill. You must own and occupy your home as your principal place of residence (domicile) on January 1 of the year you file for the reduction. A homeowner and spouse are entitled to this tax reduction on only one home in Ohio.