Disabled Veteran Deduction
If you are a Disabled Veteran or a World War I veteran, you could qualify for this deduction. Your Veteran status will determine the amount of the deduction. This deduction is applied to your real estate taxes and any amount remaining could be applied to personal property, mobile home, and excise tax. This deduction may not be combined with the Over Age 65 deduction if the same individual is trying to claim both deductions. However, if a spouse or other owner qualifies for the Over 65 deduction and you qualify for the Disabled Veteran's deduction, they can be combined.
General Instructions for All Deductions
In order for these deductions to be applied to your property, you must be eligible to receive the deduction in the next assessment year, and the application must be completed and dated on or before December 31st, in order to be credited to the taxes paid the following year. If you own a mobile home or a manufactured home the application must be filed during the twelve (12) months before March 31st in order to be credited to the taxes paid the following year.
The Auditor's Office is located in the City-County Building, I E Main Street, Room 102. The office is open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. You can reach a customer service representative by calling 260-449-7241.
Deduction Application & Certificate of Eligibility
While this deduction may be applied for at our office, the deduction application may be downloaded below, printed, and completed; then submitted to our office in person, by mail, or fax at the Contact Information noted on the left-hand side of this page. Along with this form, you will also need to provide written evidence of disability as shown in Section I of the application.
If you do not have written evidence of disability, you may obtain the Certificate of Eligibility by clicking on the link below. Once the Certificate of Eligibility is completed it can be submitted to our office with the deduction application.
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