Homestead Q & A
The Homestead Exemption for residential real estate in
Q. Who is eligible for the
A. Homeowners age 65 and over, the surviving spouse of an eligible person, and homeowners who are “totally and permanently disabled”.
Q. What types of properties are eligible for the
A. Single family homes, mobile/manufactured homes, condominiums, and certain other specialized ownership types occupied as the PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE of the owner.
Q. Who is considered a homeowner?
A. In general, a person whose name appears on the deed, a purchaser under a land contract, a person with a life estate, or a person with control under a revocable living trust.
Q. How much will my taxes reduce by the
A. The exemption is based upon a reduction of $25,000 in the “true value” appraisal of the home, depending upon the tax rate in your district. That would normally result in a savings of $250 to $400 per year ($125 to $200 per half) in
Q. How do I apply for the
A. For “Age 65 and Older” applicants and for “Disability” applicants, you need to file a “Homestead Exemption Application” (Form #DTE105A). For “Disability” applicants only, you also need to file a “Certificate of Disability” (Form DTE #105E). Both of these forms can be found here .
Q. How do I know if I’m currently receiving the
A. The reduction is plainly marked on your regular tax statement. If the “
Q. When must my application be filed with the
A. The application must be received by the
Q. Do I have to disclose my income?
A. No. Income is no longer a factor in determining eligibility for the Homestead Exemption.
Q. How do I show proof of my age?
A. At the discretion of the
Q.How will I know if my application has been approved?
A. For approved applications, the exemption amount and tax reduction will be noted on the tax bill you receive in January of the year following the one in which you make application. If your application is rejected for any reason, you will receive written notification from the
Q. When will I see the reductions on my tax bill?
A. For valid applications filed prior to the June deadline, the reduction will first appear on the tax billing due in February of the following year.
Q. Do I have to file a new application every year?
A. Once you qualify for the exemption, you will receive a form from the
Q. What do I need to do if I am filing as a disabled person less than 65 years of age?
A. You will need to get the certification of a medical doctor or psychologist. Requirements for designation (and the certification statement) can be found on the back side of the Homestead Exemption Application form.
Q. What if I don’t live in
A. You must be a legal resident of
Q. What if I die and my surviving spouse is less than 65 years of age?
A. If your surviving spouse is at least 59 years of age on the date of your death, he/she is eligible to continue receiving the homestead exemption. The surviving spouse should report the change of status before the first Monday of June.
Q. Will this discount on my tax bill reduce the revenue of my local school district or other local taxing authority?
A. No. This program is to be funded from securitizing the State’s settlement with tobacco companies. From those funds, the State is rebating the