While the homestead exemption requires you to own and occupy on January 1 to qualify, the following exemptions do not. You must own and occupy your property at some point in the tax year you are applying for to obtain the following exemptions on a qualified residence:

  • Over 65: You may apply at any time during the year you turn 65 years of age
  • Disabled Person: You must be unable to engage in gainful work due to disability or age 55 years or older, blind, and unable to engage in your previous work because of blindness
  • 100% Disabled Veteran Homestead: You must be rated 100% disabled or paid 100% compensation due to service connected disability