Gallipolis, OH asked in Tax Law for Ohio

Q: What year of income is considered when applying for the Homestead Tax Reduction?

In 2020, I applied for the Homestead Reduction to my property taxes based on 2019 value of my home. I am 67 and earned only Social Security benefits in 2019. My County auditor says they go back to 2018 income. This makes no sense to me. Is it correct? I understand that I pay 2019 taxes in 2020, so shouldn't my income of the same year be considered not the year before?

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David Ostrove
David Ostrove
  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA

A: Homestead law is a property law issue, not an income tax issue. The property laws of Ohio control. You need the opinion of an Ohio Lawyer.

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