How to Qualify for a Homestead Exemption in Ohio

In the past, the Ohio homestead exemption was only available to homeowners with limited income, but, as of 2007, qualified homeowners do not need to meet any income requirements. To qualify for the Ohio homestead exemption, you must be an Ohio homeowner and resident who is at least 65 years old or totally and permanently disabled. Surviving spouses of those who had previously received the Ohio homestead exemption are also eligible. As of 2011, all qualified applicants for the Ohio homestead exemption receive a $25,000 property tax exemption on the market value of their homes and up to one acre of property.

Download and print a DTE 105A form, or Homestead Exemption Application for Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons and Surviving Spouses, from the Ohio Department of Taxation website.

Gather the relevant information required to complete the application, including your property tax district and your home’s parcel or registration number.

Complete the DTE 105A form. Include information on you and your spouse, your type of home, your property tax and your interest in the property. Sign and date the application.

Submit the application to your local county auditor’s office between the first Monday in January and the first Monday in June. You can find a list of county auditor’s offices on the Ohio Department of Taxation website. If you are applying as someone with a total and permanent disability, include a certification of disability from a government agency or a completed DTE 105E form. Find DTE 105E forms on the Ohio Department of Taxation website.