Linda Spearman, Assessor

Northeast Office on the First Floor
114 N. Chestnut Street
Jefferson, IA  50129
Phone: 515-386-5660
Email: assessor@co.greene.ia.us
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Jack DeWitt, Appraiser

Connie Fagen, Office Manager

 

 

 

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  Programs administered by this office are as follows
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Homestead Tax Credit
Any property owner in the State of Iowa who lives in the property can receive a homestead tax credit. To be eligible, a homeowner must occupy the homestead any six months out of the year, but must reside there on July 1. This exemption is a reduction of the taxable value of their property amounting to a maximum $4,850 or the amount which does not allow the taxable value to be less than zero.

Disabled veterans are allowed to claim a homestead credit that would be equal to the entire amount of taxes levied on the homestead property. The exemption is not allowed if the combined income of the veteran and their spouse, if any, exceeds $25,000 in the prior income tax year. Income means taxable income for federal income tax purposes plus income from any political subdivision exempt from federal income tax. See Code of Iowa Chapter 425.

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Military Tax Exemption

Any property owner who has been involved in full-time active duty during a war or conflict, has been honorably discharged and lives in Iowa qualifies for a military exemption. The applicable times of either a war or conflict are spelled out in Section 427.3 of the Code of Iowa. Though the wars date back to 1846, the ones generally in use now are for World War I through the Vietnam conflict. The amount of the exemption in taxable value for the most often used exemptions is $2,778 for WWI and $1,852 for any others after that.

It is the responsibility of each person who qualifies for and wishes to receive a military exemption, to make application with the city or county assessor and also have their discharge papers (DD214) recorded in the appropriate county. Application is to be made prior to July 1 of the claim year.

National guardsmen and reserves are not eligible for the exemption is their only active duty was for training purposes. On some rare occasions there were guardsmen and reserves who were called into active duty other that training. In these cases the person is eligible for the exemption. See Code of Iowa Chapter 426A.

WAR

SERVICE MUST HAVE BEEN

BETWEEN FOLLOWING DATES

AMOUNT OF

EXEMPTION

World War I Declared April 6, 1917
Terminated November 11, 1918
 

$2,778.00

World War II Declared December 7, 1941
Terminated December 31, 1946

$1,852.00

Army of Occupation in Germany November 12, 1918 to July 11, 1923

$1,852.00

American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia November 12, 1918 to April 30, 1920

$1,852.00

Second Nicaraguan Campaign w/ the Navy or Marines in Nicaragua August 27, 1926 to January 2, 1933

$1,852.00

Marines & several war ships ordered to Nicaragua January 6, 1927 (withdrawn 1933)

$1,852.00

Second Haitian Suppression's of Insurrections 1919 - 1920

$1,852.00

Navy & Marine Operations in China Marines landed August 11, 1937
Terminated occupation July 1939

$1,852.00

Yangtze Service w/ Navy & Marines in Shanghai or in Yangtze Valley 1926 - 1927 and 1930 - 1932

$1,852.00

Korean Conflict June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955

$1,852.00

Vietnam Conflict  February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975

$1,852.00

Persian Gulf War August 2, 1990 to Present

$1,852.00

Lebanon/Granada August 24, 19882 to July 31, 1984

$1,852.00

Panama December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 $1,852.00
Women's Air Corp. during WWII December 7, 1941  to                 December 31, 1946 $1,852.00
Former members of the United States reserves and Iowa National Guard who served at least 20 years and were honorably discharged are eligible for the exemption. The January 28, 1973 date is no longer of any significance for eligibility purposes.

Current members of the United States reserves and Iowa National Guard who have served at least 20 years are eligible for the exemption.

Former members of the armed forces of the United States who performed at least 3 years of military service, regardless of the time period, and who were honorably discharged are now eligible for the exemption.

$1,852.00
TO GET COPY OF DD214: National Personnel Records Center, GSA

(Military Personnel Records)

9700 Page Blvd.

St. Louis, MO  63132

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Family Farm Tax Credit

This credit is available to all farm operators who own and operate farm land, or farm land owned by a family member such as parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew.  Cousins do not qualify.

Family Farm One-Time Filing
If a claim for the family farm credit is filed by November 1, 2001, or thereafter, and approved, further filing is not required provided the claimant owns the property on July 1 of subsequent years and the designated person actively engaged in farming the property remains the same.

If the ownership changes, the new owner must re-file for the credit and if the "designated person" changes, the owner must re-file for the credit.

The owner must notify the Assessor in writing of a change in the "designated person".  Failure to do so will result in a penalty.

 

Contact the Assessor's office for more information on the complexities of this law. See Code of Iowa Chapter 425A

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Forrest & Fruit Tree

Any person who establishes a forest or fruit-tree reservation as provided in Iowa Code Chapter 427C shall be entitled to the tax exemption as provided by law.

Reservations

On any tract of land in the state of Iowa, the owner or owners may select a permanent forest reservation or reservations, each not less than two acres in continuous area, or a fruit-tree reservation or reservations, not less than one nor more than ten acres in total area, or both, and upon compliance with the provisions of this chapter, such owner or owners shall be entitled to the benefits provided by law.

Forest reservation

A forest reservation shall contain not less than two hundred growing forest trees on each acre. If the area selected is a forest containing the required number of growing forest trees, it shall be accepted as a forest reservation under this chapter provided application is made or on file on or before April 15 of the exemption year. If any buildings are standing on an area selected as a forest reservation under this section or a fruit-tree reservation under section 427C.7 one acre of that area shall be excluded from the tax exemption. However, the exclusion of that acre shall not affect the area's meeting the acreage requirement of section 427C.2.

Removal of trees.

Not more than one-fifth of the total number of trees in any forest reservation may be removed in any one year, excepting in cases where the trees die naturally.

Forest trees

The ash, black cherry, black walnut, butternut, catalpa, coffee tree, the elms, hackberry, the hickories, honey locust, Norway and Carolina poplars, mulberry, the oaks, sugar maple, cottonwood, soft maple, osage orange, basswood, black locust, European larch and other coniferous trees, and all other forest trees introduced into the state for experimental purposes, shall be considered forest trees within the meaning of this chapter. In forest reservations which are artificial groves, the willows, box elder, and other poplars shall be included among forest trees for the purposes of this chapter when they are used as protecting borders not exceeding two rows in width around a forest reservation, or when they are used as nurse trees for forest trees in such forest reservation, the number of such nurse trees not to exceed one hundred on each acre; provided that only box elder shall be used as nurse trees.

Groves

The trees of a forest reservation shall be in groves not less than four rods wide except when the trees are growing or are planted in or along a gully or ditch to control erosion in which case any width will qualify provided the area meets the size requirement of two acres.

Fruit-tree reservation-duration of exemption

A fruit-tree reservation shall contain on each acre, at least forty apple trees, or seventy other fruit trees, growing under proper care and annually pruned and sprayed. A reservation may be claimed as a fruit-tree reservation, under this chapter, for a period of eight years after planting provided application is made or on file on or before April 15 of the exemption year.

Fruit trees

The cultivated varieties of apples, crabs, plums, cherries, peaches, and pears shall be considered fruit trees within the meaning of this chapter.

Replacing trees

When any tree or trees on a fruit-tree or forest reservation shall be removed or die, the owner or owners of such reservation shall, within one year, plant and care for other fruit or forest trees, in order that the number of such trees may not fall below that required by this chapter.

Restraint of livestock and limitation on use

Cattle, horses, mules, sheep, goats, ostriches, rheas, emus, and swine shall not be permitted upon a fruit-tree or forest reservation. Fruit-tree and forest reservations shall not be used for economic gain other than the gain from raising fruit or forest trees.

Penalty

If the owner or owners of a fruit-tree or forest reservation violate any provision of this chapter within the two years preceding the making of an assessment, the assessor shall not list any tract belonging to such owner or owners, as a reservation within the meaning of this chapter, for the ensuing two years.

Application-inspection-continuation of exemption-recapture of tax.

It shall be the duty of the assessor to secure the facts relative to fruit-tree and forest reservations by taking the sworn statement, or affirmation, of the owner or owners making application under this chapter; and to make special report to the county auditor of all reservations made in the county under the provisions of this chapter.

The board of supervisors shall designate the county conservation board or the assessor who shall inspect the area for which an application is filed for a fruit-tree or forest reservation tax exemption before the application is accepted. Use of aerial photographs may be substituted for on-site inspection when appropriate. The application can only be accepted if it meets the criteria established by the natural resource commission to be a fruit-tree or forest reservation. Once the application has been accepted, the area shall continue to receive the tax exemption during each year in which the area is maintained as a fruit-tree or forest reservation without the owner having to refile. If the property is sold or transferred, the seller shall notify the buyer that all, or part of, the property is in fruit-tree or forest reservation and subject to the recapture tax provisions of this section. The tax exemption shall continue to be granted for the remainder of the eight-year period for fruit-tree reservation and for the following years for forest reservation or until the property no longer qualifies as a fruit-tree or forest reservation. The area may be inspected each year by the county conservation board or the assessor to determine if the area is maintained as a fruit-tree or forest reservation. If the area is not maintained or is used for economic gain other than as a fruit-tree reservation during any year of the eight-year exemption period and any year of the following five years or as a forest reservation during any year for which the exemption is granted and any of the five years following those exemption years, the assessor shall assess the property for taxation at its fair market value as of January 1 of that year and in addition the area shall be subject to a recapture tax. However, the area shall not be subject to the recapture tax if the owner, including one possessing under a contract of sale, and the owner's direct antecedents or descendants have owned the area for more than ten years. The tax shall be computed by multiplying the consolidated levy for each of those years, if any, of the five preceding years for which the area received the exemption for fruit-tree or forest reservation times the assessed value of the area that would have been taxed but for the tax exemption. This tax shall be entered against the property on the tax list for the current year and shall constitute a lien against the property in the same manner as a lien for property taxes. The tax when collected shall be apportioned in the manner provided for the apportionment of the property taxes for the applicable tax year.

Report to department of natural resources.

The county assessor shall keep a record of all forest and fruit-tree reservations in the county and submit a report of the reservations to the department of natural resources not later than June 15 of each year. See Code of Iowa Chapter 427C

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Pollution Control Exemption

Pollution control and recycling. Pollution-control or recycling property as defined in this subsection shall be exempt from taxation to the extent provided in this subsection, upon compliance with the provisions of this subsection.

This exemption shall apply to new installations of pollution-control or recycling property beginning on January 1 after the construction or installation of the property is completed. This exemption shall apply beginning on January 1, 1975, to existing pollution-control property if its construction or installation was completed after September 23, 1970, and this exemption shall apply beginning January 1, 1994, to recycling property.

This exemption shall be limited to the market value, as defined in section 441.21, of the pollution-control or recycling property. If the pollution-control or recycling property is assessed with other property as a unit, this exemption shall be limited to the net market value added by the pollution-control or recycling property, determined as of the assessment date.

Application for this exemption shall be filed with the assessing authority not later than the first of February of the first year for which the exemption is requested, on forms provided by the department of revenue and finance. The application shall describe and locate the specific pollution-control or recycling property to be exempted.

The application for a specific pollution-control or recycling property shall be accompanied by a certificate of the administrator of the environmental protection division of the department of natural resources certifying that the primary use of the pollution-control property is to control or abate pollution of any air or water of this state or to enhance the quality of any air or water of this state or, if the property is recycling property, that the primary use of the property is for recycling.

A taxpayer may seek judicial review of a determination of the administrator of the environmental protection division or, on appeal, of the environmental protection commission in accordance with the provisions of chapter 17A.

The environmental protection commission of the department of natural resources shall adopt rules relating to certification under this subsection and information to be submitted for evaluating pollution-control or recycling property for which a certificate is requested. The department of revenue and finance shall adopt any rules necessary to implement this subsection, including rules on identification and valuation of pollution-control or recycling property. All rules adopted shall be subject to the provisions of chapter 17A.

For the purposes of this subsection "pollution-control property" means personal property or improvements to real property, or any portion thereof, used primarily to control or abate pollution of any air or water of this state or used primarily to enhance the quality of any air or water of this state and "recycling property" means personal property or improvements to real property or any portion of the property, used primarily in the manufacturing process and resulting directly in the conversion of waste plastic, wastepaper products, or waste paperboard, into new raw materials or products composed primarily of recycled material. In the event such property shall also serve other purposes or uses of productive benefit to the owner of the property, only such portion of the assessed valuation thereof as may reasonably be calculated to be necessary for and devoted to the control or abatement of pollution, to the enhancement of the quality of the air or water of this state, or for recycling shall be exempt from taxation under this subsection.

For the purposes of this subsection "pollution" means air pollution as defined in section 455B.131 or water pollution as defined in section 455B.171. "Water of the state" means the water of the state as defined in section 455B.171. "Enhance the quality" means to diminish the level of pollutants below the air or water quality standards established by the environmental protection commission of the department of natural resources. See Code of Iowa Chapter 427

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Urban Revitalization/Renewal Tax  Exemption

The governing body of a city may, by ordinance, designate an area of the city or the governing body of a county may, by ordinance, designate an area of the county outside the boundaries of a city, as a revitalization area, if that area meets certain criteria: See Code of Iowa Chapter 404

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Dates to Remember

  • January 1 - Effective date of current assessment.
  • February 1 - Filing date for the following credits & exemptions:
    Barn & One Room School; Exempt Property - Religious, Literary & Charitable; Forest & Fruit Tree Reservation; Historic property; Impoundment Structure; Industrial Property Tax; Low Rent Housing; Mobile Home Park Shelter; Natural Conservation or Wildlife Areas; Native Prairie; Pollution Control; Recycling; Speculative Shell Building; Urban Revitalization; Wetlands; Wildlife Habitat.
  • April 16 thru May 5 inclusive - Protest of assessment period for filing with the local Board of Review.
  • May 1 thru adjournment - Board of Review meets each year.
  • July 1 - Filing deadline for new Homestead Credit and Military Exemption applications.  Owners must own and occupy their property on or before July 1 of the year for which the credit is claimed.
  • October 16 thru October 25 inclusive - Protest of assessment period for filing with the level Board of Review on those properties affected by changes in value as a result of the Director or Revenue Equalization Orders (odd numbered years).

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