The Homestead Program
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 the 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 on January 1 of the year in which you are filing, or be a surviving spouse of a person who was receiving the previous Homestead Exemption at the time of death and where the surviving spouse was an owner and 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 award 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.
- After January 1, 2014 new applicants must also show they have an annual Ohio adjusted gross income less than $34,200 for 2021 to qualify for the exemption.
- 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 (DTE105I) to receive this exemption.
Applications must be filed between January 1st and December 31st.
Last chance for some homeowners to qualify for tax break
County Auditor accepting applications through December 31st.
County Auditor's are now accepting applications for enrollment in the Homestead Exemption Program for 2021.
The deadline to apply for the Homestead Exemption for both new applicants and late applicants is December 31st.
Applications are available by calling the Auditor’s Homestead Administrator at (740) 592-3223 or can be downloaded from links below.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I am filing for the Homestead Exemption this year, which property tax bill does it affect?
If you are filing for the first time, the reduction will be reflected on the tax bills you will receive the next year.
May I keep my Homestead Exemption if I transfer my home to my children?
Contact your attorney to learn about Life Estates and Inter Vivos Trusts.
I plan to sell my house and buy a smaller one. How do I keep my Homestead Exemption?
Since the Homestead Exemption is not transferable, please come to the Athens County Auditor's office and fill out a new application for your new home after you have lived in it through January 1 of the new year.
DTE 101 - Conveyance of Homestead Property (527 KB)
DTE 105A - Homestead Exemption Application for Senior Citizens Disabled Persons and Surviving Spouses (43 KB)
DTE 105E - Certificate of Disability for the Homestead Exemption (20 KB)
DTE 105G - Change of Residency
DTE 105H - Addendum to the Homestead Exemption Application for Senior Citizens Disabled Persons and Surviving Spouses (26 KB)
DTE 105I - Homestead Exemption Application for Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses (42 KB)