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Tax Relief- Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are tax relief recipients exempt from paying property taxes?
A: NO. Tax relief is payment by the State of Tennessee to reimburse certain homeowners who meet the legal requirements, for a part or all property taxes paid, and is not an exemption. You will still receive your tax bill(s) and be responsible for paying your property taxes each year.

Q: How much tax relief will I get?

A: The amount will vary depending on your property assessment and your country or city tax rate.

Q: Will my tax relief check be the same each year?

A: The amount may very year to year depending on your property assessment and your county or city tax rate.

Q: What if my taxes are paid by my mortgage company?

A: Your application will be held by the collecting official until payment is received from your mortgage company. The application is then sent to the state tax relief office. If approved, you will receive a state check for the tax relief amount.

Q: How long does it take to process an application?

A: Processing time depends on the amount of workload received at any given time within the tax year. So it is not possible to provide a specific length of time in which to expect your application to process.

Q: Are tax relief checks forwarded?

A: NO. State checks may not be forwarded.

Q: What should I do if I will be away from my home for an extended period of time?

A: Notify the collecting official of any address changes or expected absences.
Q: Can I receive relief on more than one property?

A: NO. You can only receive tax relief on your primary residence in any given tax year.

Q: What happens next year if I am approved for tax relief?

A: You will receive a property tax relief voucher when you receive your property tax bill(s). You will need to present the voucher(s) to the collecting official(s) before the deadline date along with payment of any balance due.

Q: Can I receive tax relief if I am unable to provide my spouse's information/income/signature?

A: NO. the income of the applicant's spouse is required to determine eligibility whether they are a resident, or owner, of the property or not.

Q: Is being rated 100% service-connected the same as having a total and permanent rating from a service-connected disability?

A: NO. A veteran rated 100% for a service-connected disability will not qualify if they do not have the permanent and total rating also.

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