If you would like assistance filling out your Homestead Exemption forms, need an application, or require further assistance please call our office at:
(402) 444-7060 Option 2
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Click here for Nebraska State Guide on Homestead Exemption
Haga clic aquí para el Estado de Nebraska Guía de Homestead Exemption
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Haga clic aquí para ver el deducible los gastos médicos de hoja de cálculo
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Homestead exemptions provide relief from property taxes by exempting all or a portion of the valuation of a home from taxation. The State of Nebraska reimburses the counties and governmental subdivisions for taxes lost due to homestead exemptions. The percentage of relief is based on the applicant's income level and home valuation.
Late filing procedures
If you have not yet filed your 2014 Nebraska Homestead Exemption Application, you may still be eligible to apply for a property tax exemption. Applicants must file Form 458, Form 458 Schedule 1, and the Form 458L by March 31, 2015 if they meet one of the following conditions:
- Applicant had a medical condition required inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential care facility. The condition impaired the applicant’s ability to file an application between February 1 and June 30, 2014 OR
- Applicant had a medical condition that involved a period of incapacitation due to said medical condition. The condition impaired the applicant’s ability to file an application between February 1 and June 30, 2014.
If you have any questions regarding these filing procedures, you may contact our office at (402) 444-7060 Option 2
Who Can Qualify For Homestead Exemptions
In order to qualify, you must first fall within one of the following categories.
Group #1 - Seniors
Be 65 years of age or older before January 1st of the application year.
Group #2 - Disabled Individuals
Have a permanent physical disability and cannot walk without the regular use of a mechanical aide or prosthesis.
Have undergone amputation of both arms above the elbows.
Have a permanent partial disability of both arms in excess of 75%.
Be developmentally disabled.
Be a wartime veteran totally disabled due to a non-service connected disability.
Group #3 - Veterans with 100% service-related disabilities or their widows or widowers
A veteran with 100% service-connected disability or his or her unmarried widow or widower.
An unremarried widow or widower of a veteran who died as the result of a service-connected disability.
An unremarried widow or widower of a veteran whose death while on active duty was service-connected.
A veteran whose home is substantially contributed to by the VA.
Those in Group 3 qualify for full homestead exemption regardless of their income or the value of their home.
For those in Groups 1 and 2 (Seniors and Disabled Individuals), there are eligibility restrictions relating to the home as follows:
The valuation of the home cannot exceed 200% (220% for veterans and persons with qualifying disabilities) of the County's average assessed value for single family residences. (In 2014 the average assessed value was $144,750)
The maximum exemption available is 100% of the County's average assessed value for single family residences (120% for disabled veterans and persons with qualifying disabilities).
The home must be owned and occupied between January 1 and August 15 of the tax year being exempted.
- The applicants must meet the income guidelines outlined below:
New In Homestead for 2015
In 2014, the Nebraska Legislature passed two bills, effective in 2015, that expand the homestead exemption. In LB 986, those with developmental disabilities have been added as a group that is eligible for homestead exemption. Their maximum value, income limitations, and exempt amount will be the same as others who receive homestead due to nonmilitary service related disabilities. When someone applies for homestead exemption on this basis, in addition to the application and income statement, the applicant must also provide certification from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on a form provided by the Nebraska Department of Revenue. When it is available to our office, we will make it available for download.
LB 1087 applies to veterans who have received an honorable or general discharge who are drawing compensation from the VA because of one hundred percent service-connected disability and who is not eligible for total exemption by virtue of being a paraplegic or multiple amputee, the value of whose home is being substantially contributed to by the VA. It also applies to the unremarried widow or widower of such veterans, as well as the unremarried widow or widower of a veteran who died as the result of a service-connected disability or who died on active duty. The new law provides for 100 percent exemption for the homes of people within this category, regardless of their income.
People eligible under either of these new laws must still file an annual homestead application with the Assessor/Register of Deeds Office between February 1 and June 30 of each year. The necessary application forms can be found on this website.
If you have any questions about this new legislation, please contact our office at (402) 444-7060 and choose the prompt for “homestead exemption”.
How to Apply For Homestead Exemptions
Homestead applications must be filed with the County Assessor/Register of Deeds after February 1 and on or before June 30 of each year. Current homestead recipients will receive an application by mail.
New applicants have two ways they can get a Homestead Exemption application in Douglas County. They may stop in at the Douglas County Assessor/Register of Deeds' office, located at 1819 Farnam St, 4th Floor Civic Center, Omaha Ne, 68183 (see contact us page for Map and Directions). Alternatively, applicants may call the office at (402) 444-7060 option 2 and an application will be mailed.
In addition to filing by mail or in person at the Assessor/Register of Deeds' Office, remote sites are scheduled throughout the county at a variety of locations during the filing period. Volunteers working at these Assessor/Register of Deeds help sites will assist applicants with their forms. Please have all of your income and medical expense information with you when you arrive.
IF YOU DO NOT BRING IN YOUR INCOME AND OUT OF POCKET MEDICAL EXPENSE INFORMATION, WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HELP YOU FILL OUT THE EXEMPTION FORM.
Important Information When Filing:
When you file for a Homestead Exemption, you will need the following information (if applicable):
Federal Income Tax return (if filed, Form 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ)
Social Security (Form SSA-1099)
Pension and annuities (Form 1099-R)
Interest and dividends (Form 1099-INT, Form 1099-DIV, Form 1099-OID)
Railroad retirement (Tier I - RRB-1099 and Tier II - RRB-1099-R)
IRA distributions (Form 1099-R)
Deductible Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses
Medicare insurance premiums
Medicare prescription drug plan premiums
Supplemental health insurance premiums
Cancer insurance policy premiums
Nursing home insurance policy premiums
Payments to hospitals or licensed nursing care facilities
Payments to doctors, dentists, osteopaths, nurses, chiropractors, and other licensed medical practitioners
Payments for purchased medical equipment, crutches, hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses, dentures, etc.
Prescription drug expenses (call your pharmacy for a total)
2015 HOMESTEAD ASSISTANCE LOCATIONS
|March||Tues, 3/31||Encap (FKA: GOCA||2406 Fowler Ave||10am - Noon|
|April||Thurs, 4/2||Florence Rec Center||2920 Bondesson St||10am - Noon|
|Tues, 4/7||Northwest Hills Church||9334 Fort St||10am - Noon|
|Thurs, 4/9||St John's - Bennington||322 N Molly St||10am - Noon|
|Mon, 4/13||Disabled American Vets||4515 F St||10am - Noon|
|Thurs, 4/16||Faith Westwood Church||4814 Oaks Ln||10am - Noon|
|Mon, 4/20||Volunteers Assisting Seniors||Center Mall #312||10am - Noon|
|Wed, 4/22||Goodwill Industries||4805 N 72 St||10am - Noon|
|Tues 4/28||IBEW Union Hall||13306 Stevens St||10am - Noon|
|Thurs, 4/30||Florence Rec Center||2920 Bondesson St||10am - Noon|
|May||Tues, 5/5||Iron Workers Union Hall||14515 Industrial Rd||10am - Noon|
|Thurs, 5/7||St Andrews||15050 W Maple Rd||10am - Noon|
|Mon 5/11||Disabled American Vets||4515 F St||10am - Noon|
|Wed, 5/13||Benson Baptist Church||6319 Maple St||10am - Noon|
|Tues, 5/19||Northwest Hills Church||9334 Fort St||10am - Noon|
|Thurs, 5/21||Douglas/Sarpy Ext Office||8015 W Center Rd||10am - Noon|
|Thurs, 5/28||Ralston Senior Center||7301 Q St||10am - Noon|
|June||Wed, 6/3||AFL-CIO Offices||5418 S 27 St||10am - Noon|
|Mon 6/8||Disabled American Vets||4515 F St||10am - Noon|
|Wed, 6/10||Goodwill Industries||4805 N 72 St||10am - Noon|
|Tues, 6/16||Elkhorn Eagles Club||20276 Wirt St||10am - Noon|
|Mon, 6/22||Volunteers Assisting Seniors||Center Mall #312||10am - Noon|
- Faith Westwood Church - 1 block south of 120th and L, go west
- IBEW Union Hall - 1 block west of Millard Ave & 133rd St
- Iron Worker's Union Hall - 1 block south of 144th & Industrial Rd, turn west onto Grover, then north to 145th
- Extension Office - From West Center Rd, turn onto S 80th Ave to West Center Frontage Rd. Or turn south onto S 78th and follow around to West Center Frontage Rd.
- AFL-CIO Offices - 1 block south of 27th and Q St.
Married applicants must report income for both spouses. Additional owner/occupants must each file a separate income statement. An income eligibility table is located on this webpage.
Please remember that your 2014 application will be for taxes payable in 2015. You will still be responsible for taxes over and above your homestead exemption amount if granted.
If you move during the eligibility period (January 1st through August 15th) you may transfer your homestead exemption to your new property. Contact our office for details or download Form 458T (located on the left hand side of the screen).
If you need assistance filling out your Homestead Exemption forms, please call the Homestead Questions Helpline at (402) 597-6659. If you need an application, or if you have further questions, please contact our office at (402) 444-7060 Option 2.