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Property Tax Relief

Homestead Tax Credit
Homestead Tax Credit

Homestead Tax Credit

Homeowners in Arkansas may receive a homestead property tax credit of up to $350 per year.  The credit is applicable to the “homestead”, which is defined as the dwelling of a person used as their principal place of residence.  The homestead property may be owned by a revocable or irrevocable trust.  Homeowners must apply for the credit with the county assessor’s office.

A homeowner is defined as someone who is the record owner of the property, a buyer under a recorded sales contract or a person holding a recorded life estate in the property.  Nursing home or retirement center residents who still own their residence may continue to qualify for the homestead tax credit under certain circumstances.  Persons who have deeded their homes to other persons but continue to live there as their principal place of residence may continue to qualify for the homestead tax credit provided they retain a recorded life estate in the property.

Property owners may claim only one homestead tax credit each year.  If you have any questions about the homestead tax credit or believe you may be eligible to receive the credit, please contact your county assessor’s office.

Age 65 or Disabled Homeowner Property Tax Relief

Homeowners who qualify for the homestead tax credit and who are either age 65 or older or who are disabled are entitled to additional property tax relief.  The taxable assessed value of currently-owned homestead properties can be “frozen” as of the date of the homeowner’s 65th birthday or the date of disability.  If a person who is age 65 or older or who is disabled purchases a homestead property, the taxable assessed value of the residence can be frozen as of the date of purchase.  Eligible homeowners must apply for the “freeze” with the county assessor’s office.

The assessed value on homesteads eligible for the “freeze” may increase if there are substantial improvements made to the property.  Substantial improvements are defined as “renovation, reconstruction and refurbishment” of a property that adds 25% or more to the value of the property.

If you have any questions about the age 65/disability assessed value freeze or believe you may be eligible to receive the freeze, please contact your county assessor’s office.

(Note:  the amount of property taxes on homestead properties may still increase or decrease in the event of millage rate changes in the local taxing districts.)

Amendment 79

Amendment 79 also provides limitations on how much the taxable assessed value of real property can increase as the result of a county-wide reappraisal.  The taxable value of a homestead property can only increase 5% per year until the property reaches full assessed value.  The taxable value of all other real property parcels, commercial, agricultural, and vacant can only increase 10% per year until the property reaches full assessed value.  The 5% and 10% caps do not apply to newly discovered real property, new construction or substantial improvements to real property. Substantial improvements are defined as “renovation, reconstruction and refurbishment” of a property that adds 25% or more to the value of the property.

Find Your Local County Official

Have you contacted your local county Assessor with your questions? Most inquiries about your assessment, property record, or notice can be best answered by your local county Assessor. They have the records, local knowledge, and expertise to best answer your questions.