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Who is eligible for Homestead Exemption ?
What do I need to do ?

Where can I file ?

What information do I need to bring with me ?
When do I apply ?
Do I have to be a citizen to qualify ?
What is the Special Assessment Level and who is eligible ?
  Dear Homeowner :

If you own property which you use as your permanent residence, you may file for homestead exemption. If granted, this exemption could reduce the taxable value of your homestead by up to $75,000. As a result, you would enjoy a substantial savings on the taxes levied against your property by the various taxing authorities.

Regular filing begins on January 1 and ends on March 1 each year. So that you might avoid long lines at the regular filing time for homestead exemption, our office now accepts pre-filed applications beginning March 2 through December 31.Once obtained, so long as there are no changes to your deed, your homestead exemption will be renewed automatically.

Sincerely,


R. Todd Dugas, CLA
1. Who is eligible for Homestead Exemption ? Back to Top
 

You may be eligible for homestead exemption if:

  • You own and reside at the property in question on the assessment date of January 1st of the taxable year.
  • You sign for the exemption in the manner prescribed by law.
  • The property in question is not an "undivided property" or a property which you only have a "usufruct" or "right of habitation".
  • The property in question is not owned by a corporation, partnership, etc.
2. What do I need to do ? Back to Top
  All persons seeking homestead exemption must complete an original application. The application must be signed and filed in person.
3. Where can I file ? Back to Top
  You can file at the Assessor's Office between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday.
4. What information do I need to bring with me ? Back to Top
 

If you do not possess these items, please call us for further information.

  • A recorded deed or tax bill in your name.
  • Social Security number for each owner who resides on the property and for each spouse - whether or not the spouse resides on the property (actual Social Security card or other document showing the number is preferred).
  • The following information to establish proof of residency for all owners who reside on the property must be presented in-person at our office:
    - Louisiana driver's license, if you drive or if a non-driver, a declaration of domicile recorded prior to January 1.
    - Louisiana auto tag registration, if you drive, for all privately owned vehicles.
    - Louisiana voter registration card, if you are registered to vote.
5. When do I apply ? Back to Top
  The normal filing time for homestead exemption begins on January 1 and lasts through March 1. All exemption applications for that year must be filed by March 1. You may pre-file for the following year from March 2 through December 31.

Failure to apply on or before March 1, according to law, is a waiver of the exemption privilege for that year.
6. Do I have to be a citizen to qualify ? Back to Top
  Citizenship is not required to file for homestead exemption. An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen must present a resident alien card (green card) when they apply.
7. What is the Special Assessment Level and who is eligible ? Back to Top
 

You may be eligible for the Special Assessment Level for taxpayers 65 years of age and older if:

  • You are already receiving the homestead exemption.
  • You are 65 years old or older on or before January 1 of the application year.
  • You have an adjusted gross income of $54,144 or less as reported on your federal tax return. If husband and wife file seperately, the combined income for both must be $54,144 or less.
  • You file a signed application with the Assessor in the Parish where the property is located  This application is a one-time, permanent application.  You do not need to re-apply annually.

Please note, this freeze applies to your property's assessed value only, not the millage rate which may change. To apply for homestead exemption or the Special Assessment Level for 65 and older, or for complete details about these programs, come by the St. Martin Parish Assessor's Office between January 1 and June 30.

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