More than 3000 county homeowners fail to get tax break |

More than 3000 county homeowners fail to get tax break

Did you receive an exemption on your property taxes last year?

If not, you may be one of more than 3,000 El Dorado County homeowners who didn’t take advantage of a $70 tax break.

Tim Holcomb, assistant county assessor, found in June that only 10 percent of people who qualified for the property tax cuts had filed for them.

In an effort to save taxpayers money, the assessors office sent out 3,200 exemption applications last week for people to return before Aug. 24. Holcomb said the office is getting about 150 applications back daily, but some people are still confused about why they’re filling out the forms.

“We’re sending these letters out in the interest of public service,” Holcomb said. “I think it’s incumbent upon government to do whatever we can to help taxpayers get these benefits.”

If owners of houses or mobile homes send in the forms by Aug. 24, they will see the first part of their exemption of $56 reflected on their November bill. If residents miss the deadline, Holcomb advises them to pay only the first installment, because the credit will be reflected on the second installment of their annual property tax bill.

Exemption applications only have to be filled out once in order to receive the tax break each year.

Douglas County property tax exemptions are different from the flat discount California homeowners can receive.

Dolly Haar, assessor clerk, said people often misunderstand the filing options and miss out on benefits.

Property owners can receive exemptions of up to $50, depending where they live and to what they apply the exemption.

Douglas County provides the option of applying property tax exemptions to the motor vehicle privilege tax, which is calculated based on the value of the vehicle.

Exemptions have to be renewed yearly.

Haar advises homeowners to call the assessor’s office to figure out how to get the biggest tax break.

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