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Civics 101: New web resource provides information about Tennessee tax relief program

J. H. Osborne • Jul 29, 2019 at 3:45 PM

Property tax notices could be just around the corner for many Tennessee residents, as individual counties and cities set a property tax rate. If you are elderly, disabled, a disabled veteran (or widow, widower of such), you might qualify for the state’s tax relief program.

And the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has created a new interactive online source for information about the program.

The new web portal combines important information with images and interactive maps. It displays key data, eligibility requirements, and local city and county contacts designed to help anyone who wants to learn about the program.

“The General Assembly has prioritized property tax relief payments for Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens and disabled veterans,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said in a press release issued earlier this month.  “This new web portal allows us to use visual communication and interactive maps to share even more information about this program.”

Background

• The program began in 1973 and provides property tax relief to qualifying low-income elderly and disabled homeowners, as well as disabled veteran homeowners or their surviving spouses.

• The program was a result of the 1972 “Question 3” constitutional amendment.

• In tax year 2018, more than $41 million was appropriated by the Tennessee General Assembly to serve more than 140,000 homeowners across the state.

Do you qualify?

• If you are interested in seeking tax relief in 2019, you can apply with your county trustee after you receive your 2019 county and/or city property tax bill. If your property is within city limits, you may also contact your city collecting official to apply.

• You must own your home and use it as your primary residence.

• The maximum annual income for elderly or disabled applicants (and spouses and all owners of the property) is $29,860.

• There is no maximum annual income for disabled veterans or their widow(er)s.

• To qualify as disabled, the applicant must be totally and permanently disabled on or before 12/31/2019.

• To qualify as elderly, an applicant must be 65 by 12/31/2019.

Tax Year 2019 Value Limits

• Elderly or disabled applicants — The maximum market value on which tax relief is calculated will be on the first $28,300 of your primary residence.

• Veteran or widow(er) applicants — The maximum market value on which tax relief is calculated will be on the first $175,000 of your primary residence.

To view the Comptroller’s new property tax relief portal, go to: https://comptroller.tn.gov/office-functions/pa/property-taxes/property-tax-programs/tax-relief.html.

Source: Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury