Filing the Homestead Declaration
The Homestead Declaration is filed using Form HS-122, the Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustment Claim or save time by filing your Homestead Declaration online.
Many people file their Homestead Declarations at the same time they file their Vermont income tax returns. However, if you apply to extend the time to file your income tax return, the declaration must still be filed by the April filing deadline. Even if a person is not required to file a Vermont Income Tax Return, the declaration must be filed by the deadline.
What you will need to file
In addition to the property owner’s basic information, you should have the following available when filing:
The property’s School Property Account Number (SPAN) printed on the property tax bill
The property owner’s Social Security Number
The code of the Vermont school district in which the property is located, which may be found on the property tax bill (the school code is the middle three digits of the SPAN).
Withdrawing a Homestead Declaration
There may be a situation where the Homestead Declaration has been filed between Jan. 1 and April 1 but needs to be withdrawn.
The following are a few common reasons for withdrawal:
- The homestead was not owned by the person declaring it as a homestead on April 1.
- The homestead was converted to a nonresidential property on or before April 1.
- The Homestead Declaration was submitted in error (for example, it was not the owner’s primary residence).
- The homestead was leased to a tenant for more than 182 days.
To withdraw the declaration, use Form HS-122W, Vermont Homestead Declaration and/or Property Tax Adjustment Withdrawal.
32 V.S.A. § 5410 Homestead Declaration