Property taxes can be burdensome to people living on fixed incomes, and consumer advocates are concerned that more than half of Idahoans eligible for tax relief fail to apply.
AARP Idaho is urging qualified citizens not to leave money on the table. The state offers property tax reductions ranging from $150 to $1,320 for people whose income is below $29,100, and who also are widowed; who are over age 65; who are former hostages, prisoners of war or other qualified veterans; or who have specific disabilities. People with somewhat higher incomes may qualify for a property tax deferral program.
To apply for relief, contact the county tax assessor or call the Idaho State Tax Commission at 800-334-7756 before April 15. Or go to an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in Idaho for free help to find out if you are eligible. For more information, go to aarp.org/id or aarp.org/taxaide.