MARCH 4, 2010

Circuit Breaker Property Tax Reduction sign up

   The Clearwater County Assessorís Office announces you may now sign up for the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Reduction Program sponsored by the State of Idaho.

   You must apply for this reduction every year. It is based on the previous yearís income (2009) to apply to the 2010 Tax Bill. The reduction amount is based on a sliding scale of income not to exceed $28,000 after medical expenses not covered by insurance. The lower your income, the more the State pays towards your taxes. Forms are available at the Assessorís Office until the April 15 deadline.

   Please bring a copy of your 2009 Federal Income Tax Return, Social Security Form 1099, and proof of all other income.

   To qualify, you must meet one of these requirements by Jan. 1, 2010.

1.      Age 65 or older

2.      Widow(er)

3.      Blind

4.      Fatherless or motherless child under 18 years of age

5.      Former prisoner of war/ hostage

6.      Veteran with a 10% or more service connected disability or receiving a VA pension for a non service connected disability.

7.      Disabled as recognized by the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, or Federal Civil Service.

   A medical expense form is available at the Assessorís Office to help you list your expenses.

   Please provide documentation and receipts with the medical expense form. Receipts or printouts from hospitals, doctors, pharmacies and other medical providers are the easiest way to provide proof of your medical expenses paid. Cancelled checks are accepted only if accompanied by the corresponding bill from the provider. (A cancelled check for medical insurance is okay.)

   Medical exception: If you are filing a Federal income tax return and file a Schedule A for Medical deductions, a copy of your Schedule A will suffice as proof.

   A representative from the Assessorís Office will be at the:

Pierce Library on Tuesday, Mar. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Weippe City Hall on Wednesday, Mar. 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Elk River Library on Tuesday, Mar. 23, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

   For more information about this program please contact the Clearwater County Assessorís Office at (208) 476-7042.