For those of you who are homeowners, this regards the filing of the "Homestead Verification Form" that can have an impact on the property tax amount you pay.  The filing of this form is different than the basic filing of a homestead exemption--please see below for more information.


Since 2010, an effort has been underway by the State of Indiana and each county Auditors' office to reduce homeowners' homestead exemption fraud.  Property owners wishing to continue their property tax homestead exemption must file a state-prescribed Homestead Verification Form with the Auditor by January 1, 2013.  If not, your homestead exemption will be removed for the 2012-pay-2013 property tax year resulting in a significant increase in your property tax that cannot be retroactively corrected, or credited.  Last week, approximately 1,400 of these forms (printed on pink colored paper) were mailed out with tax statements to folks who currently have the homestead exemption, but have not yet completed and filed the Homestead Verification Form.  Getting this pink form means that action is required on your part--if you currently have the homestead exemption, but do not file this form, the exemption will be removed from your tax record. Please take action now to avoid future problems.


Here is a link to a "Fact Sheet" with more detail about the homestead exemption, the homestead verification form, and the requirements:


If you have any specific questions, or have a form to turn in, you can direct those to:


Owen County Auditor Angie Lawson
60 S Main St, Rm 202
Spencer, IN  47460

(812) 829-5000
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