Applications are now open for Idaho’s Property Tax Reduction (PTR) program and Property Tax Benefit for Disabled Veterans, which help qualified Idahoans save up to $1,500 on their property taxes.
The PTR program, formerly known as the “circuit breaker,” reduces property taxes for seniors, widows and widowers, and recognized disabled persons if their annual income is $37,000 or less. The Benefit for Disabled Veterans reduces taxes for veterans with a 100% service-connected disability. Applications for both programs are due by April 15.
The Bannock County Veterans Services Office is hosting a weekly walk-in clinic to help county veterans gather the material required to apply for both programs.
Walk-in clinics will be held Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Pond Student Union’s Resource Room on Idaho State University’s campus. Clinics will be held from Jan. 30 until April 9.
A Veterans Benefit Letter is required for all PTR applicants and for first-time applicants for the Benefit for Disabled Veterans. The Veterans Services Office will help obtain that letter and any other veteran-related material you need to apply for these tax reduction benefits. Applications must be submitted through the county Assessor’s Office.
“It can be a really confusing process to apply for these benefits, but that’s what we’re here for. My office will help you figure out what you need for the program you should apply for, and we can connect you to the Assessor’s Office to get help submitting your application,” said Melissa Hartman, Bannock County’s Veteran Services Coordinator.
For more information, contact the Bannock County Veterans Services Office at 208-282-4245. The Bannock County Assessor’s Office is also available to help with applications for the tax reduction programs. Contact the Assessor’s Office at 208-236-7260.