If you own a home and occupy it as your principal place of residence as of 12:01 am on January 1st, you may file the Claim for Homeowners’ Property Tax Exemption. This will exempt up to $7,000 in assessed value and result in tax savings.
Change in Ownership: If you have recently purchased a home or if there has been a change in title on the existing home that you own, the Assessor is required to mail a claim form to you. Claims will be sent to the owner and the address shown on the recorded document that changed the title, unless the owner advises the Assessor, in writing, of a change of mailing address. The Assessor will apply qualifying exemptions to the next regular roll and to supplemental assessments related to the change in ownership if there is no existing exemption for the year affected.
New Construction: In the case of new homes built on land that you previously purchased, you may file to claim the exemption on the supplemental assessment made for the completion of construction. The claim must be filed on or before the 30th day following the mailing date on the Notice of Supplemental Assessment sent from the Assessor’s office.
It is the responsibility of the homeowner to timely notify the Assessor if they no longer qualify for this exemption.
Please call the Exemptions Department at (209) 525-6461 for assistance and information or to request a Homeowner’s Exemption Claim Form, especially for the following situations.
- If you have not received an exemptions claim form within 18 months of purchasing a qualifying home.
- If you have recently occupied a home that you purchased more than 18 months ago.
- If you own multiple homes and have recently changed your principal place of residence.
- If you qualify, but have never applied for this exemption.