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Tax deductions subtract a certain amount from the property's assessed value to arrive at the net assessed value. For example, let's say you own a home assessed at $180,000 and you qualify for the homestead deduction. Your standard homestead deduction is $45,000, and your supplemental deduction is $47,250. Without any deduction, the tax rate would be applied to the AV of $180,000. But with the homestead deduction, the tax bill is calculated based on a net AV of $87,750.
Owner-occupied homes on up to one acre are eligible for the homestead deduction. Taxpayers generally may receive only one homestead deduction, which is applied to their primary residence. This deduction consists of the standard homestead deduction (which, in most cases, totals $45,000 or 60% of the homestead assessed value) and the supplemental homestead deduction (which in most cases is calculated at 35% of the value after applying the standard homestead deduction). The Porter County Auditor's Office has a homestead compliance program designed to detect ineligible homestead deductions. Taxpayers who receive homestead deductions for which they are not eligible may be issued a corrected tax bill for the current tax year and are subject to up to three years of back tax payments and penalties, under Indiana law.
In general, taxpayers must fill out, sign, and date the application form by December 31 in order for the deduction to be applied to the following year's tax bill. The completed form must be filed with the County Auditor's office by January 5. When applying, taxpayers should be prepared to provide proof of eligibility.
Once you apply for certain deductions, you generally do not need to re-apply as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements. (However, in the case of a refinancing, a new application for the mortgage deduction is required).
If you no longer qualify for a deduction, you must notify the Auditor's office within 60 days to get the deduction removed. In the case of the homestead deduction, a property owner who changes the use of the homestead property and who fails to file a certified statement with the county auditor is liable for the amount of the deduction received plus a civil penalty of 10% of the additional taxes due.
As noted above, we recommend that taxpayers come in-person to our office to apply. Our staff will assist taxpayers to ensure their application forms are in proper order and that there is no missing or incorrect information that could result in a delay or rejection of the deduction. Our office will provide the application forms.
Taxpayers may also print out the application form (available on this page) and mail in their application. However, the application will not be processed if there is incomplete information or if the taxpayer does not provide proof of eligibility for each deduction. The type of verification depends on the deduction. For example, taxpayers applying for a homestead deduction may provide an updated government-issued ID with their current home address (most taxpayers provide an Indiana driver's license). For the Over-65 deduction, the taxpayer must provide a copy of their most recent tax return for us to review.
Some deductions may be combined with others. Here is a general guide:
May be combined with any other deduction.
May be combined ONLY with the Homestead Deduction, Mortgage Deduction and Over 65 Credit.
May be combined with any other deduction EXCEPT for the Over 65 Deduction.
Not a combined sewer.
Not part of a publicly owned treatment works (sewage treatment plant).
Regulated conveyance systems include roads with drains, municipal streets, catch basins, curbs, gutters, storm drains, piping, channels, ditches, tunnels, and conduits.
MS4 program, commonly known as Stormwater Phase II, is a federally mandated program through the Clean Water Act, which requires municipalities to take measures to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff through MS4s in urbanized areas to protect waterways.
* Select native plants that require less water, fertilizer and pesticide. * Mulch flower beds to reduce weeds and conserve water. * Hand pull weeds. * Plan pest-resistant species or species that attract beneficial insects. * Compost lawn wastes instead of washing clipping or leaves down the storm drain (Where do I take compost?). * Avoid putting lawn waste near ditches or creeks. * Install practices such as rain gardens that filter runoff and promote infiltration. Permeable pavers can be used on top of open-graded stone to create driveways and sidewalks that allow rain to soak into the ground. Allow downspout water an opportunity to soak into the ground (at least a few feet away from foundation) instead of connecting it directly to a storm drain or street gutter.
Pesticides and Fertilizers
* Always follow the label for disposal (Solid Waste Management). * Avoid overwatering after applications & watch the weather for rain, since most will be washed away * After application, sweep driveways and sidewalks onto the yard where it can do its work * Use natural fertilizers such as compost or bone meal * Use slow release nitrogen fertilizer
* Place waste in the trash * If walking the pet, carry a plastic bag and pooper-scooper (be a good neighbor)
*Routinely check for leaks. Examples: Engine Repair Coolant Transmission Brake fluid * Use kitty litter; saw dust, or wood chips to soak up fluid spills. Be sure to sweep up and dispose properly. * Recycle Used Motor Oil (Where do I take it?) * Do not “top off” when fueling your car, truck, motorcycle or any other motorized vehicle. * Use car wash to clean your vehicle or other motorized vehicles
Household Hazardous Waste
* Follow Label Directions. Use and dispose hazardous household material properly. * Use the least hazardous products * Unused household chemicals should be taken to Solid Waste Management for proper dispose.
* Have your septic tank inspected every 3-5 years. * Compost your kitchen garbage, not the garage disposal. * Don’t pour household chemicals down the drain. This could disrupt the septic system’s treatment process and contaminate groundwater.
You can make your tax payments by phone, mail, online, in person or on the phone! Find more information about these tax payment options HERE.
You should mail your payment along with your payment coupon to Porter County Treasurer, 155 Indiana Ave, Suite 209, Valparaiso IN 46383. To expedite processing of your payment, please do not staple, paper clip or fasten your check to the payment coupon.
1 - Your properly addressed payment envelope CLEARLY displays a United States Post Mark dated on or prior to the due date2 - Your properly addressed payment envelope has been deposited with a nationally recognized express parcel carrier on or prior to the due date
Penalty calculation instructions are printed on the front of your bill.
See IC 6-1.1-37-10 for full code on post mark and penalty calculation Click here
All other considerations must be made to the Auditor’s office (219) 465-3445
Many factors affect the final amount on your tax bill. You are mailed a TS-1A along with your tax bill. The TS-1A shows every category and every change that has occurred since the prior year's billing. REVIEW the information provided on your TS-1A BEFORE you call ANY County Office. This reduces your frustration of getting transferred from office to office. Each office can only answer to their particular function. Did your ASSESSMENT increase from last year and you need to know why? Call the Assessor's Office Did your DEDUCTIONS decrease and they should not have? Call the Auditor's Office Did a Fee increase from last year? If so, call the appropriate department who is charging the fee Did the tax rate change from last year? This is determined by the State. Learn more...
Mobile Home Permit – State Form 7878 completed by the County Treasurer then taken to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. BMV - Mobile Home Permit Link - State Form 7878