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

If you are hearing impaired and using TTY call 1-800-833-7352.
 

Blank Homestead Forms

 

Form 458

Form 458 Schedule 1 (Income Statement)

Form 458L

Form 458T

 

Supplemental Forms


Click here for Nebraska State Guide on Homestead Exemption.

Click here for the deductible medical expenses worksheet.

Click here to find the location of a help center near you.
 

 

Formas Suplementarias

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Homestead Exemptions

 

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 2015 Nebraska Homestead Exemption Application, you may still be eligible to apply for a property tax exemption. Applicants must file Form 458Form 458 Schedule 1, and the Form 458L by March 31, 2016 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, 2015 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, 2015.

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% (225% for veterans and persons with qualifying disabilities) of the County's average assessed value for single family residences. (In 2015 the average assessed value was $152,320)

  • 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:
 




    

 

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):


Income

  • 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)

Form 458 Schedule 1 (Income Statement)


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)

Deductible medical expenses worksheet

 

2016 HOMESTEAD ASSISTANCE LOCATIONS

 
  Date Place Address Time

March

Tues, 3/15

Encap (FKA: GOCA

2406 Fowler Ave.

10am - Noon

April

Fri., 4/1

St. John's - Bennington

322 N Molley St.

10am - Noon

  Thurs., 4/7 Florence Rec Center 2920 Bondesson St. 10am - Noon
  Mon., 4/11 Disabled American Vets 4515 F St. 10am - Noon
  Wed., 4/13 Goodwill Industries 4805 N 72 St. 10am - Noon
  Thurs., 4/14 Faith Westwood Church 4814 Oaks Lane 10am - Noon
  Mon., 4/18 Volunteers Assisting Seniors Center Mall, #312 10am - Noon
  Fri., 4/22 Sheet Metal Workers Union 3333 S 24 St. 10am - Noon
  Tues., 4/26 Northwest Hills Church 9334 Fort St. 10am - Noon
  Thurs., 4/28 Florence Rec Center 2920 Bondesson St. 10am - Noon
May Tues., 5/3 IBEW Union Hall 13306 Stevens St. 10am - Noon
  Fri., 5/6 Corrigan Senior Center 3819 X St. 10am - Noon
  Mon., 5/9 Disabled American Vets 4515 F St. 10am - Noon
  Wed., 5/11 Benson Baptist Church 6319 Maple St. 10am - Noon
  Thurs., 5/12 St. Andrew's Church 15050 W. Maple Rd. 10am - Noon
  Mon., 5/16 Ralston Senior Center 7301 Q St. 10am - Noon
  Wed., 5/18 Goodwill Industries 4805 N 72 St. 10am - Noon
  Mon., 5/23 Volunteers Assisting Seniors Center Mall, #312 10am - Noon
  Tues., 5/24 Northwest Hills Church 9334 Fort St. 10am - Noon
June Mon., 6/6 Disabled American Vets 4515 F St. 10am - Noon
  Thurs., 6/9 Iron Workers Union 14515 Industrial Rd. 10am - Noon
  Tues., 6/14 Elkhorn Eagles Club 20276 Wirt St. 10am - Noon
  Mon., 6/27 Volunteers Assisting Seniors Center Mall, #312 10am - Noon
 

Directions: 

  • Faith Westwood Church - 1 block south of 120th and L streets, go west
  • Volunteers Assisting Seniors - Center Mall, 1941 S 42 St., #312
  • IBEW Union Hall - 1 block west of Millard Ave & 133rd St
  • Iron Worker's Union Hall - 1 block south of 144th St. and Industrial Rd, turn west onto Grover, then north to 145th

Please bring your application and the following income and expense information:

Federal Income Tax Return (if filed, Form 1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ, Telefile Worksheets), Social Security (Form SSA-1099), Pension and Annuities (Form 1099-R), and other income documents. Also, bring documentation of deductible out-ofpocket medical expenses, including Medicare and supplemental-health-insurance premiums, payments to doctors and other licensed medical practitioners, medical equipment purchases, prescription drugs, etc.


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.

Additional Information

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 2015 application will be for taxes payable in 2016. 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.
 


If you need assistance filling out your Homestead Exemption forms, or if you need an application, please contact our office at (402) 444-7060 Option 2.