Exemptions for Shapleigh Resident Property Owners
M.R.S.A. 36 section 683 provides a property tax exemption of up to the just value of $13,000 of the homestead of a permanent resident of this State who has owned a homestead in this State for the preceding 12 months prior to April 1, 2024.
The application for exemption must be filed by April 1st of the tax year for which you are applying, with the municipal assessor where the homestead is located. The exemption must be adjusted by the ratio of current just value. Homeowners who qualified for exemption for tax year 2024 and whose homestead status has not changed for 2024 need not reapply.
Title 36 M.R.S.A. Section 653 allows for exemption from taxation of estates, up to the value of $5,000 having taxable situs in the place of residence, of veterans who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during any federally recognized war period, including the Korean Campaign, the Vietnam War and Persian Gulf War, when they shall have reached the age of 62 years or when they are receiving any pension from the United States Government for total disability. The exemption must be adjusted by the ratio of current just value.
The application for exemption must be filed by April 1, 2024 with the municipal assessor where the homestead is located. The exemption must be adjusted by the ratio of current just value. Homeowners who qualified for exemption for tax year 2023 and whose homestead status has not changed for 2024 need not reapply.
Title 36 M.R.S.A. Section 654 exempts from taxation the residential real estate up to $4,000 of inhabitants of Maine who are legally blind, as determined by a properly licensed Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathy or a Doctor of Optometry.
Any veteran, veteran's widow or minor children, or blind persons who are, or may be, entitled to an exemption under the provisions of the law and have not previously qualified for an exemption must apply to the Assessors prior to April 1, 2024 and furnish proof of entitlement.
PROPERTY TAX STABILIZATION PROGRAM
Property Tax Stabilization for Senior Citizens, also known as the Property Tax Stabilization Program (the “Program”), is a State program that allows certain senior-citizen residents to stabilize, or freeze, the property taxes on their homestead. As a result of recent changes in the law, the Tax Stabilization Program will only apply to the property tax year beginning April 1, 2023. However, this same legislation has expanded the eligibility thresholds for participation in the Property Tax Deferral Program and increased the maximum benefit available under the Property Tax Fairness Credit for those age 65 and older.