Homestead Declaration

Please note:  You can now file your  2017 Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustment Claim using myVTax. Filing online is EASY, QUICK, and FREE!

By Vermont law, property owners whose homes meet the definition of a Vermont homestead must file a Homestead Declaration annually by the April filing deadline. If eligible, it is important that you file so that you are correctly assessed the homestead tax rate on your property. Here is the information you as the property owner need to know about filing your Homestead Declaration.

What is the Vermont Homestead Declaration?

In Vermont, all property is subject to education property tax to pay for the state’s schools. For this purpose, property is categorized as either nonresidential or homestead. A homestead is the principal dwelling and parcel of land surrounding the dwelling, owned and occupied by the resident as the person’s domicile.

All property is considered nonresidential, unless it is declared as a homestead. The education property tax rate levied on nonresidential property differs from the rate levied on homestead property. It is your responsibility as the property owner to claim the property as a homestead if you meet, or expect to meet, the following requirements:

  • You are a Vermont resident
  • You own and occupy a homestead as your domicile as of April 1, 2017

Please note: If you meet these requirements, except that your homestead is leased to a tenant on April 1, 2017, you may still claim it as a homestead if it is not leased for more than 182 days in the 2017 calendar year.

In Vermont, all property is subject to a statewide education property tax to pay for the state’s schools.

For this purpose, property is categorized as either nonresidential or homestead. A homestead is the principal dwelling and parcel of land surrounding the dwelling, owned and occupied by the resident as the person’s domicile.

What is not a Homestead?

Property is considered nonresidential and therefore not a homestead if one of the following applies:

  • Your property is leased for more than 182 days out of the calendar year.
  • The property is used exclusively for a commercial, including rental, purpose.
  • The property is used for a second home, camp, vacation, or summer cottage.

Find out more about important filing deadlines and instructions on how to file.

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