foolin' - tax bills mailed on April 1
Wanda English Burnett
Right on time tax bills were mailed last Thursday,
April 1 from the Ripley County courthouse and should now be
in the homes of all taxpayers of Ripley County.
Something new you will notice in your bill is a pink slip. The
pink, or rose-colored form is the homestead verification form,
and it must be completed if homeowners want to continue receiving
the benefit of the homestead deduction.
Auditor Bill Wagner told the Osgood Journal it is imperative
that homeowners fill out the form in order for them to maximize
their deduction. Everyone needs to fill out the pink form,
Wagner noted as the bills were being mailed last week.
The form should be mailed to the auditors office at PO
Box 235, Versailles, IN 47042. Instead of mailing the form an
alternative way is for taxpayers to send the information online
According to information from Auditor Wagner, individuals or
married couples claiming the homestead deduction must provide
the last five digits of their drivers license and social
security numbers. He said this information will be put in a
secure database that will allow all county auditors in Indiana
to cross-check names, identifying those who may be claiming
a homestead deduction in more than one county.
The homestead deduction gives a qualifying individual
or couple a substantial property tax benefit by lowering their
property tax obligation, Wagner noted. When individuals
who do not qualify receive this benefit, it costs other taxpayers
The homestead deduction will allow homeowners who use a property
as a primary residence to qualify for a reduction of up to 60
percent of the initial gross assessed value, plus up to an additional
35 percent of the remaining assessed value. Another important
issue is that through the homestead deduction county assessors
and auditors will identify taxpayers who will receive the benefit
of the one percent property tax cap.
You can call the local auditors office about property
tax deduction eligibility or the homestead verification form
at 812-689-6311 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Additional information
may be obtained from the Indiana Department of Local Government
Finances web site at http://www.in.gov/dlgh/8455.htm.
Tax bills were a collaborative effort of the auditor, treasurer,
Earline Copeland, and assessor, Shawna Bushhorn.
Bills are due by May 10. The treasurers office will have
extended hours for the convenience of property taxpayers. They
will be open regular hours May 3 and 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
May 5 through 7, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, May 10 from
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For questions concerning payment you can contact Copeland at
ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Pictured are Samantha Thompson, front
and Amy Copeland, back, both deputies in the Ripley County
Treasurer's Office, as they ran the property tax bills
through the postage machine last Thursday just before
the bills were taken to the post office to be mailed.