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Homestead exemption forms sent in mail

Application forms for 2012 homestead exemptions will be mailed by the Dawson County asessor’s office on or about Feb. 1.

Prior applicants will receive current forms while new applicants may get a form from the assessor’s office. Forms are also online at the Nebraska Department of Revenue website.

Applicants have from Feb. 1 through June 30 to file.

Nearly 1,000 applications are filed annually in Dawson County for the state-directed program, according to Dawson County assessor John Moore.

Moore said the majority of those receiving the exemption are eligible because they are 65 years or older.

State officials replace the amount of property taxes exempted by the program with reimbursements to local political subdivisions generated from state tax revenue.

Moore noted that the starting date is intended to help elderly homeowners with the paperwork involving 2011 social security payments. Federal tax information arrives in the mail generally in late January.

Income figures are necessary for use on the homestead exemption application whether the individual files a federal tax return or not.

Moore said the threshold for the amount of exemption varies because it is based on the average assessed value of residential property in the county, and an applicant’s annual income, as it compares to limits set up in the program.

“Since those two factors change each year, anyone interested should at least check out the program,” Moore said.

For more information, contact Moore’s office at 308- 324-3471. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Homestead exemption program clerk Pat Moon, and other staff members, work with applicants each year.

The assessor’s office is on the first floor of the county courthouse in Lexington.

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