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Senior, disabled citizen property tax deferral applications due April 15
03/16/2010
SALEM—If you're a senior citizen or have a disability and you own your home, you may qualify to have your property tax deferred by the state. 
 
April 15 is the application deadline for Oregon's two property tax deferral programs
 
Bram Ekstrand, Oregon Department of Revenue's deferral program manager, said these programs help low-income seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes.
 
"Both deferral programs allow qualified taxpayers to defer payment of their property taxes. The state pays the taxes to the county, maintains the account, and charges the property owner 6-percent simple interest," he said.
 
The interest is also deferred.
 
As collateral, the state places a lien on the property. It's paid when the taxpayer sells the property, permanently moves off the property-other than for short-term health reasons-or if the property changes ownership. A surviving spouse may continue on the deferral program if they qualify.
 
"We also work with the property heirs to arrange for repayment of the deferral if there is no spouse," Ekstrand said

To qualify for either program, the:
  • Property must be the taxpayer's main residence.
  • Taxpayer must have a deed or recorded sales contract.
  • Annual household income must be less than $38,500 for the year before they apply.
 
Participants may stay on either program if their federal adjusted gross income doesn't exceed $38,500. If household income exceeds the limit, the department may defer a portion of the property tax.

To qualify for the Disabled Citizen Property Tax Deferral Program, you must:
  • Meet the income and property-ownership requirements.
  • Qualify for or be receiving federal Social Security Disability benefits.
 
To qualify for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral Program, you must:
  • Meet the income and property-ownership requirements.
  • Be at least 62 years old by April 15.
 
You can get applications and information at:
 
Because the Department of Revenue receives many phone calls during tax season, callers may experience extended waiting times.