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Homestead Deduction Search

     INDIANAPOLIS (Mar. 12, 2008) - The Department of Local Governmnt Finance (DLGF) today released an online searchable database of properties allowing the public and county officials to search for properties recieving homestead deductions.  Data submitted to the DLGF by county assessors and auditors has been compiled into a free, easy-to-use search tool that will enable users to search by property owners' names and addresses.

     "By providing this information online, taxpayers can confirm whether or not they are receiving the homestead deduction,” DLGF Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave said. “Additionally, county officials can ensure that taxpayers receive only one homestead deduction as allowable by law ensuring that the property tax burden is distributed fairly.”

     Homestead deductions allow homeowners using a property as a primary residence to qualify for a reduction of up to one half of the assessed valuation or $45,000, whichever is less, lowering the property owner’s property tax obligation.

     Online searches will return parcel and tax billing information including property owners’ names and addresses, property addresses, and billing addresses. Results may indicate instances in which more than one homestead deduction may be claimed by a single taxpayer, assisting county officials in determining eligibility of the homestead deduction or correcting errors in reporting. Currently, the database contains information from 85 counties that have submitted data for the 2006-pay-2007 tax year.

     “By law, it is the responsibility of the County Auditor to determine eligibility of deductions,” Musgrave said. “This tool will assist in the identification of filings that may need to be audited to confirm validity.”

     This tool is the latest in several additions made to the DLGF Web site, making property tax information more readily available and transparent to Hoosier taxpayers.

     The search tools and information are available from the DLGF's home page at http://www.dlgf.in.gov/.

Contact: Mary Jane Michalak, 317.232.3785, mmichalak@dlgf.in.gov




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