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Seniors have to apply for new tax break

Nov. 7 was a good day for senior citizens in Georgia. Many of the referendums on the general election ballot were good for Georgians.

However, the one I want to remind the many McDuffie Citizens who are 65 and older is about saving money on your taxes that are paid to McDuffie County each year. As of Jan. 1, Referendum D granted an exemption from all state ad valorem property taxes to the homestead of a person who is 65 years of age or over, to include the primary residence and not more than ten (10) contiguous acres of land. This is in addition to any exemption the landowner is currently receiving due to age. This exemption does not have an income limit as other exemptions do.

Even if residents have filed for the "elderly exemption" previously, they must come in to the McDuffie County Tax Assessor's Office and request this additional exemption. In order for residents to receive this additional exemption on their 2007 tax bill, you must file by March 1. After that date, it will apply to the next tax year. The office is located at 406 Main Street. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact my office at 706-595-2132 or the Tax Assessors office at 706-595-2128.

Web posted on Thursday, February 01, 2007

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