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More ND Seniors Now Eligible for Homestead Tax Credit

PHOTO: Applications are now being accepted for the North Dakota Homestead Property Tax Credit. The credit was expanded by lawmakers so more senior citizens can now take advantage. CREDIT: Tax Credits
PHOTO: Applications are now being accepted for the North Dakota Homestead Property Tax Credit. The credit was expanded by lawmakers so more senior citizens can now take advantage. CREDIT: Tax Credits
July 15, 2013

BISMARCK, N.D. - In a change that will mean savings of hundreds or thousands of dollars for more North Dakota homeowners age 65 and older, the Legislature during the past session approved expansion of the Homestead Property Tax Credit.

Josh Askvig, AARP North Dakota associate state director, said applications are being taken.

"Under the program, homeowners that meet certain income requirements qualify for a property tax reduction on their homes ranging anywhere from $450 to $4,500," he said, "and then individuals with disabilities also can qualify."

With the expansion, Askvig said, those who may have applied before without success may now be eligible and should try again. He added that this program will help will the goal of many seniors of being able to stay in their communities and homes.

"This is one of the programs that does that," he said, "and individuals with incomes up to $42,000 can quality for some graduated relief and make sure that they can stay in their homes and live happy, healthy lives."

For renters, those who meet the eligibility can receive a partial refund of their rent, up to a maximum of $400.

More information on the Homestead Property Tax Credit is available on the AARP North Dakota website, by contacting local county offices, or at nd.gov.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND