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Property tax deduction deadline quickly approaching

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) - Time is running out for Allen County homeowners to claim tax breaks for their property. 

Applications for deductions must be completed and dated no later than December 31, 2018. Forms must then be submitted to the Allen County Auditor by Monday, January 7, 2019, for taxes payable in 2019. 

The auditor's office provides online filing for the Homestead, Mortgage, Senior Citizen, and Blind/Disabled property tax deductions. 

Nick Jordan, Allen County Auditor, said it's especially important for people who built a home and moved in in 2018 to apply for the Homestead deduction. 

“We usually see quite a few homeowners that do not have a Homestead Deduction on their newly constructed home because they were claiming the Homestead deduction on their existing residence during the construction process and did not apply for the Homestead deduction on their new home,” Jordan said.

Taxpayers do not need to reapply for deductions every year. Once appropriately placed on the property, the deduction automatically stays on the property unless the taxpayer moves. The only exception is the Mortgage deduction, which must be re-filed if the property is refinanced.

To file your deductions and to learn more, visit the Allen County Auditor's website or call the office at (260) 449-7241.

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