Tahlequah Daily Press

January 3, 2013

Assessor: File now for homestead exemption


TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County Assessor Marsha Trammel is reminding residents about the assessing period.

Trammel said the assessing period is Jan. 2 through March 15 every year, and now is the time to file for homestead exemption, double-homestead exemption, and the “senior freeze.”

“Also, it is time to assess personal property, which includes furniture, livestock and farm equipment,” said Trammel.

“If you have a mobile home that has not been assessed, you need to bring the title to our office and assess the mobile home.”

The income limit for mobile-home exemptions is now $22,000 for those who are 62 years of age or older, Trammel said.

“To qualify, you must own a mobile home that is located on land you do not own,” she said. “The title to the mobile home must be in the person’s name, also, to qualify. If everything is the same as last year, you do not need to come to the office.”

Taxpayers who were not age 65 on Jan. 1, 2012, will need to re-file for double homestead. After reaching the age of 65, the double homestead and senior freeze is automatically filed for the individual, providing he or she had them for the previous year.

Total household income cannot exceed $20,000 per year for the double homestead and $41,600 for the senior freeze.

“You will need to bring proof of your 2012 income,” said Trammel.

All businesses are required to file a personal property rendition before March 15.

“If you are a veteran who has a 100-percent, service-connected disability letter that was mailed to you in the fall of 2005, or anytime thereafter, and are eligible for homestead exemption, you will need to bring the letter and come to the assessor’s office between Jan. 2 and March 15 to file for the exemption,” said Trammel. “If you feel that you are eligible and you have not received your letter, you will need to contact the Veteran’s Administration to get the letter before coming to the office.”

For more information, call (918) 456-3201 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.