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08.26.12 - Indiana Homestead Property Tax Deduction Deadline

IMPORTANT TAX FILING DEADLINE

In an effort to fight property tax fraud, Indiana lawmakers passed legislation in 2009 requiring all homeowners to file a simple form with their county auditor verifying their eligibility for the state’s homestead property tax deduction on their primary residence.

If you are eligible for the homestead deduction and haven’t yet submitted the verification form, there is still time, but you need to act soon. The law sets a deadline of Jan. 1, 2013, for the form to be submitted to your county auditor. Failure to do so could result in the loss of your homestead deduction, which would increase your property tax bill significantly.

The 2009 legislation required verification forms to be sent out with property tax statements in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In most cases, the form was printed on pink paper. To verify whether or not you’ve already filed the form, contact your county auditor’s office. Contact information for local officials in all 92 Indiana counties can be found here.

See details about the Legislation.