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Seniors offered limits on tax bills

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mary Jo Alumbaugh
Seniors in Clay County have the opportunity to limit how much their tax bills can go up from one year to the next.

The new income-based credit for senior homeowners older than 65 will prevent property taxes from increasing more than 2 percent from the previous year's bill. This credit is in addition to the current tax caps set by House Bill 1001 at 1.5 percent of a homes assessed value in 2009 and 1 percent in 2010.

"For those who are already receiving the Over 65 tax exemption, we are filing the information for them," Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh said. "However, those who are not receiving the exemption and think they may be eligible are encouraged to file for it."

Alumbaugh added homeowners must be at least 65 by Dec. 31, which is also the deadline to file, and have a gross adjusted income of $30,000 for single filings and $40,000 for joint filings.

"Because there are income limits involved, those wanting to file for the credit must bring in their 1040 tax return from 2007," she said. "Also, the gross assessed value of the homestead cannot exceed $160,000, but those already receiving the Over 65 exemption do not need to apply for the credit."

The new credit took effect July 1, but state agencies took a while to settle on the rules governing it.

Alumbaugh said the Auditor's Office is happy to file the information for those already receiving the Over 65 exemption and encourage those wanting to file for the credit for the first time to contact the office before going to the courthouse.

"We encourage the calls first so that seniors won't have to make an unnecessary or second trip to the courthouse, especially because the streets can become slick in winter," she said. "Also, I want to emphasize that this is not an additional deduction."

For more information about the credit, contact the Clay County Auditor's Office at 448-9001. The Auditor's Office is located on the first floor of the Clay County Courthouse in Room 105.

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Yes, and just wait till the towns have to cut services that we are accustomed to having, I know personally about severe cuts made in a town north of here so they are down to 1 ambulance, cut 3 cops from the payroll and working on cutting fire dept. Where is the money going to come from?????? I agree, Seniors income is limited, then again who's isn't?

-- Posted by Centered on Mon, Dec 15, 2008, at 7:10 PM

Cut the taxes and the services. I don't use any of the "services" they offer and they are too pricey. I don't get a break for giving my kids a better education at home and they won't keep my road fixed anyway so why would I care about cutting services? Regardless, I'd rather pick and pay (wisely) for just what I use instead of paying out the wazoo for government waste and the socialist bundle we have now which favors the lazy. Property taxes are voluntary anyway. Wish more people would read the law instead of simply paying. You can't legally tax a right. You have the right to own property. Look it up. Try "land grant sandwich" for starters. This socialist country we live in is veering off into the ditch. SOMEBODY needs to grab the wheel! Call the auditors office and ask about it. They'll give you a nervous "Uh, we, uh, don't, uh, know anything about that..." or they'll lie and say, "It doesn't apply..." But, do you really believe either one? I wouldn't want people to know the truth either if my job depended on it. (...actually it does, but I can find another job.)

-- Posted by TheRider on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 10:02 AM

Taxes are voluntary?????

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 2:37 PM

Voluntary, by law. Required by mass hysteria. Go to google, punch in "land grant sandwich" and do some reading. EVERY court battle has lost against a land grant case. A case that any individual that owns their property free and clear can make. Everyone that owns real (land) property can trace it back to the original land grant regardless of how big the property is. Once you get the land grant you have to fight in court to prove it. Once you do, they'll seal the records and arrest you for "corruption of the court" if you tell anyone what happened. Some "justice system" we have, huh? Land grant cases have stood up to every single state and local constitution or statute in the USA. But, I'll never be able to prove it since they *ALWAYS* seal the records and put a restraining order on the people that win. Can't imagine why, can you? Socialism sucks. An unjust court system sucks more.

-- Posted by TheRider on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 4:57 PM

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