VALPARAISO — Porter County government is prepared to help disabled veterans discover if they qualify for a new property tax deduction.
Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik said she has launched an initiative in response to changes in the tax deduction for totally disabled veterans and veterans who are at least 62 years old with a partial disability.
"Due to the new criteria, disabled veterans who never qualified for this deduction before might be eligible now," she said. "And some who used to have this deduction but who lost it might qualify again."
To obtain the deduction, disabled veterans must meet several criteria, Urbanik said. One of those criteria has been ownership of property with an assessed value of no more than $143,160. However, a change in state law that took effect at the start of this year increased that threshold to $175,000.
The new assessed value limit will apply to the 2017 assessments beginning with taxes payable in 2018, she said.
The auditor's office has launched an in-house research project, delving into several years of tax records to identify veterans who used to have the deduction but then lost it when their assessed values increased over the limit, Urbanik said.
The auditor’s office is also conducting additional research to identify veterans who never qualified for this deduction because their assessed value was too high, she said. Several outreach efforts are planned, including an educational workshop during Money Smart Week in April.
The auditor’s office has the updated application forms available and can assist disabled veterans with the application process, Urbanik said. To receive the deduction for taxes beginning next year, applications must be completed by the end of the year and filed with the auditor’s office.
For more information, contact the auditor’s office at 219-465-3445 or visit www.porterco.org/auditor.