Sign-up For Homestead Exemption Program Off and Running; Help Sites Ready to Lend A Hand
Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 10:27
Omaha, NE—This year, the Douglas County Assessor· Register of Deeds Office and the Volunteers Assisting Seniors (VAS) will be available, once again, at several sites in the Omaha area to help individuals prepare their 2015 homestead-exemption applications. The homestead exemption program provides property tax relief to seniors, certain veterans, and individuals with specific types of disabilities.
Beginning March 31, an Assessor· Register of Deeds staff person and a VAS volunteer will be at each of 22 help sites that will serve citizens throughout Douglas County. All of the sites are open from 10 a.m. – noon. The assistance program ends at noon on June 22.
“Providing these help sites is a win for everybody,” said Diane Battiato, Douglas County Assessor· Register of Deeds. “It makes it easier for those who want help completing the application, to get that help. With 22 locations, an individual can select a help site close to his or her home, and avoid a trip to our downtown office. And from our perspective, the sites help us reach more people who might qualify for the exemption program. We want to reach as many qualified applicants as possible, so that they can take advantage of this valuable program.” Last year, nearly 1700 people submitted applications; 1601 applications were approved.
Battiato said that those coming to the assistance locations should bring their prior year’s income information, such as tax returns, social security, pension and annuity, and IRA distribution, as well as information about insurance premiums, prescription-drug payments, and out-of-pocket payments. Applicants can obtain more details about income and medical-expense requirements, as well as a complete list of dates, times and locations for the help sites, by visiting www.dcassessor.org, and clicking “Homestead Exemption”.
Applicants still may come to the Assessor· Register of Deeds office, 4th floor, 1819 Farnam St., for assistance. They also may call 402-444-7060, option #2 , or 402-597-6659. Homestead applications must be filed by June 30, 3015.