The Clearwater County Assessor’s Office announces you may now sign up for the Property Tax Reduction Program, sponsored by the State of Idaho.

You must apply for this reduction every year. It is based on the previous year’s income (2019) to apply to the 2020 Tax Bill. The reduction amount is based on a sliding scale of income not to exceed $31,280, after medical expenses not covered by insurance. The lower your income, the more the State pays towards your taxes. Forms are available at the Assessor’s Office until the June 15 deadline.

To qualify, you must meet one of these requirements by Jan. 1, 2020.

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/hastage

6. Veteran with a 10% or more service connected disability, or receiving AV A pension for nonservice connected disability.

7. Disabled as recognized by the social security administration, railroad retirement board, or federal civil service.

Please bring a copy of your 2019 Federal income tax return, social security form 1099, and proof of all other income.

We have a medical expense form available at the Assessor’s Office to help you list your expenses. Medical mileage for 2020 is $0.20 per mile.

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

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.

For more information about this program please contact the Clearwater County Assessor’s Office at 208-476-7042.

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