Volume 51, Number 38

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, September 18, 2014

Floods: Property tax relief applications deadline Sept. 1

Tennessee homeowners
and business owners affected
by historic floods this spring
have only two weeks remaining
to seek relief on their local
property taxes.
Governor Phil Bredesen
signed into law a bill unanimously
approved by lawmakers
in May that allows local
taxing districts in the 46 counties
that were declared federal
disaster areas to reassess
homes that were damaged in
the storms.
Under the new law, Public
Chapter 1036, any home that
has been deemed unfit for use
for more than 30 days or any
home that sustained damages
equal to more than 50 percent
of the home’s pre-flood value
would be eligible for an assessment
reduction. The law
is only applicable in communities
where the local governing
bodies chose by two-thirds
vote to participate in the tax
relief program. Applications
must be filed with the local
property assessor’s office by
Sept. 1.
“Tennesseans deserve all
the help we can provide to rebuild
homes and businesses
after these catastrophic floods
washed so much away,’’ said
Bredesen. “I hope family
members, friends and neighbors
will share the news that
this deadline is fast approaching.”
Tennessee businesses,
which are required to pay
property taxes on tangible
personal property, are also eligible
for tax relief. Under the
law, businesses can receive reduced
assessments for their
property if their business was
destroyed, demolished, or substantially
damaged and is not
replaced or restored by Sept.
1.
Even if a property owner is
not sure whether there was
enough damage to qualify for
a reassessment, the paperwork
should be filed by the
deadline, advises AARP Tennessee
State Director Rebecca
Kelly. That will allow an inspector
from the local assessor’s
office to visit the
property and determine the
amount of damage. A property
owner who isn’t satisfied with
the damage estimate can appeal
to the State Board of
Equalization.
“We want every Tennessean
who was impacted by
these floods to get whatever
relief is available to help them
restore their property, their
community and their lives.
That’s why we are so thankful
that Governor Bredesen and
the Tennessee General Assembly
approved this legislation
to give an extra boost to
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folks who need it,’’ said Kelly.
Tennesseans can locate the
Assessor for their county online
at: http://www.comptroller1.
state.tn.us/PAnew/Select
County.asp
Since the floods, AARP has
been advocating on behalf of
older flood survivors, who
were hit especially hard by the
disaster. More than 40 percent
of homeowners who received
the maximum grant from the
Federal Emergency Management
Agency were 50 years of
age or older.
In addition to the property
tax flood relief, flood survivors
also have a little more time to
take advantage of a sales tax
refund program offered by the
Department of Revenue that
also was approved by legislators
and signed into law by
Governor Bredesen.
Any household that qualified
for FEMA aid can receive
a sales tax refund – of up to
$2,500 - for cleaning and
building supplies, replacement
furniture and appliances. The
purchases must be made by
Sept. 30 and the refund claim
must be filed with the Tennessee
Department of Revenue
by Nov. 30. For more
information about the sales
tax relief, call toll-free 1-800-
342-1003 or visit
http://www.tn.gov/revenue/mi
sc/floodrelief.htm.

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