The usual May 10 filing deadline has come and gone, but there's still time for Indiana residents to take a bite out of their 2007 property tax bills.
The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (IDLGF) has extended the filing deadline for a number of property tax benefits to June 10, allowing Hoosiers an extra month to claim all the exemptions to which they're entitled.
Benefits and eligibility are subject to change from year to year, according to Clay County Auditor Joe Dierdorf. He said the staff at the auditor's office is more than happy to clear up any confusion caused by the state's annual tweaking of its exemption policies.
"Everybody should have all the exemptions they're entitled to," he said. "If you're not sure, come in and check."
"We would rather have people call than not call," said Deputy Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh. "We want to get it right."
One significant change effected this year allows property owners to claim a homestead deduction of up to $45,000-- raised from the standard cap of $35,000 for one year only.
"A homestead exemption can make a tremendous difference on your tax bill," Dierdorf said.
For more information on the homestead exemption, or to determine which other exemptions you might qualify for, call the Clay County Auditor's Office at (812)448-9001.