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VETERAN’S PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION
Jim Kolen, Curry County Assessor, reports that some war veterans may qualify for a property tax exemption of the tax liability on as much as $25,664 of the assessed value of their owner occupied residence.
To qualify, veterans must have been members of the United States armed forces, discharged or released under honorable conditions and must own and live on the property for which they will receive the property tax exemption. The veteran must be certified by the Veterans Administration as having a 40% or more service or non-service connected disability. Surviving spouses of deceased veterans, who have not remarried, also qualify, even if the veteran was not disabled.
Veterans may receive a disability certification from their own physician rather than the Veteran’s Administration. With a physician’s certification a veteran will be required to file applications annually and their total gross income cannot exceed 185% of the annual Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Applications are available at and must be filed with the Curry County Assessor by April 1, 2019.
Persons needing assistance, applications or information should contact Amy Gaddis of the County Assessor’s Office at 541-247-3294 or 1-800-242-7601.
SENIOR AND DISABLED CITIZEN’S PROPERTY TAX DEFERRAL
Curry County Assessor Jim Kolen reports that the State of Oregon has a property tax deferral program which may provide assistance to some senior and/or disabled citizens with their property taxes.
In this program, the State of Oregon pays the property taxes for qualified applicants. Taxes must be paid back to the state, with interest, when the property changes ownership or the owner moves. Interest on deferred taxes is calculated at 6 percent.
Property owners must meet the following requirements to qualify for the property tax deferral: Senior Citizens - Must be 62 years old by April 15. Disabled Citizens - At least one joint property owner needs to qualify as an individual with disabilities and must be determined eligible to receive or be receiving federal Social Security disability benefits due to disability or blindness.
Other requirements for both programs include: An applicant’s net worth must be below $500,000. An applicant’s real market value (RMV) is limited to the median RMV for single family dwellings in the county and by the number of years the applicant has continually owned and lived in the home. First time applicants must have a total household income of less than $45,500 in 2019.
Applications must be filed with Kolen’s office by Monday April 15, 2019. For applications, information, or assistance please call Amy Gaddis-Parker at the Curry County Assessor’s Office, 541-247-3294 or 1-800-242-7601.
Business Personal Property Returns for 2019
Curry County Assessor, Jim Kolen reports that his office mailed out the Business Personal Property Returns for 2019 to all County business owners on record. In Oregon, personal property used as part of a business, may be subject to property tax.
The Assessor’s office attempts to track businesses within the County and send forms to those owners that they are aware of. It is the business owner’s responsibility to report annually, whether they have received notice from the Assessor or not. Late filing or not filing can subject the business owner to large penalties.
New business owners or business owners who have not yet received their forms should contact Wendy Carpenter in the Assessor’s office at (541) 247-3256 or 1 (800) 242-7601. If your business has closed this must also be reported to the Assessor’s office so that you are not assessed a property tax.
Returns must be post marked or filed with the Assessor’s office no later than March 15, 2019 or owners are subject to late filing penalties.
“We are requesting that people call us right away if they have questions,” said Kolen. “Ideally if people are timely contacting us we can work with them to avoid anyone having to be penalized,” Kolen added.
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