City homestead tax ex­emp­tion dead­line Fri­day

The Covington News - - The second front - MI­RANDA SAIN Staff Re­porter

Home­own­ers within the city lim­its of Ox­ford have un­til Fri­day to file for a $10,000 homestead ex­emp­tion at the New­ton County Tax Com­mis­sioner’s of­fice.

If Ox­ford home­own­ers have al­ready ap­plied and qual­i­fied for the county homestead ex­emp­tion, home­own­ers will not have to ap­ply for the city ex­emp­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Ox­ford Mayor Jerry Rose­berry, home­own­ers who pre­vi­ously qual­i­fied for the county ex­emp­tion, “au­to­mat­i­cally qual­i­fied for the city [ex­emp­tion].”

The city homestead ex­emp­tion will save home­own­ers about $60 per year and is in ad­di­tion to the county ex­emp­tion, Rose­berry said.

“That’ll buy din­ner out for you one night,” he said.

The only Ox­ford home­own­ers that need to ap­ply for the ex­emp­tion are those who ei­ther bought homes in the 2011 tax year or have never pre­vi­ously filed for the ex­emp­tion, said New­ton County Tax Com­mis­sioner Bar­bara Din­gler.

Res­i­dents who ap­ply for the city tax ex­emp­tion must pro­vide proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and ad­di­tional pa­per­work might be re­quired if fil­ing a dou­ble homestead ex­emp­tion.

New­ton County of­fers dou­ble homestead ex­emp­tions to se­nior, dis­abled or veteran res­i­dents.

Dis­abled res­i­dents will need to pro­vide doc­u­men­ta­tion from a physi­cian ver­i­fy­ing the dis­abil­ity. Vet­er­ans need to pro­vide proper doc­u­men­ta­tion of their veteran sta­tus. Se­nior cit­i­zens will need to pro­vide fed­eral and state in­come taxes. Se­nior cit­i­zen tax ex­emp­tions are awarded based on in­come re­quire­ments.

The city of Ox­ford re­quested the homestead ex­emp­tion, and the leg­is­la­ture ap­proved it last year. The ex­emp­tion was cal­cu­lated into the city’s bud­get for this fis­cal year.

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