Allen County property tax deductions must be submitted by Jan. 5

Time is running out for Allen County homeowners to claim tax breaks for their properties. Applications for deductions must be completed and dated no later than Dec. 31. The forms must then be submitted to the Allen County Auditor’s office no later than Friday, Jan. 5, for taxes payable in 2018.

Homeowners who will be at least 65 on or before Dec. 31 should visit the Auditor’s website to review eligibility requirements for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Deduction. The o provides online filing for the Homestead, Mortgage, Senior Citizen and Blind/Disabled property tax deductions.

It is especially important that those who have built new homes and moved in during 2017 make sure they have applied for all applicable deductions. “We usually see quite a few homeowners that do not have a Homestead deduction on their newly constructed home because they were claiming the Homestead deduction on their existing residence during the construction process and did not apply for the Homestead deduction on their new home,” Auditor Nick Jordan said in a statement.

Taxpayers do not need to reapply for deductions every year. Once appropriately placed on the property, the deduction remains in effect unless the taxpayer moves. The lone exception is the Mortgage deduction, which must be refiled 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 Auditor’s website at www.allencountyauditor.us and click the “Public Access Tax Info” link on the left and follow the instructions. To learn more about deductions and credits in general, click the “Property Tax Division” link on the left.

Forms can be printed, completed and brought to the Auditor’s office in the Rousseau Centre weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or emailed to acauditor@allencounty.us. For more information, contact the office by email or by calling (260) 449-7241.

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