I live in michigan and want to buy a second home in Ohio, will the second one be considered a homestead property?

Asked by Jellisonla, West Chester, OH Sun Aug 18, 2013

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James Gordon…, Agent, Hamilton, OH
Sun Aug 18, 2013
Your tax address would be your homestead property. You could try to get by with claiming both but at some point you would get caught. Is it worth the 2.5% off your taxes to try to play games with the government?
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Rich Thompson, Agent, Cincinnati, OH
Sun Aug 18, 2013
You can only claim one property as homestead. You must be an Ohio resident to claim homestead on the Ohio property " To qualify, an Ohio resident must own and occupy a home as their principal place of residence as of Jan. 1st , for real property or Jan. 1st of the current year for manufactured home property. For individuals who own more than one home, the principal place of residence is the home where the person is registered to vote and the person’s place of residence for income tax purposes."
You also must meet the age or disability qualifications which are " Any Ohio resident homeowner who: Is 65 or turning 65 years old the year they file for Homestead. Is totally and permanently disabled as of January 1, in the year of application as certified by a licensed physician or psychologist, or a state or federal agency; or Is the surviving spouse of a person who was receiving the previous Homestead Exemption at the time of death and where the surviving spouse was at least 59 years old on the date of death."
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Sun Aug 18, 2013
You could make either your primary residence. It depends on you and what you do with it.
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Homestead Exemption and Property Tax Rollback

Real Estate Property Tax Rollback and Homestead Exemptions are forms of property tax relief.
The 10% rollback applies to non-business property, defined by state law to include all uses of property except farming; leasing property for farming; occupying or holding property improved with single-family, two-family, or three-family dwellings; or holding vacant land that the county auditor determines will be used for farming or to develop single-family, two-family, or three-family dwellings.
The County Auditor's office also administers the 2 1/2% Property Tax Reduction Law for residential and agricultural parcels on which there is a home site occupied by the owner.

In addition, the Homestead Exemption is open to any Ohio homeowner who currently lives in their home including manufactured homes, and that home is their primary residence, who:

Is at least 65 years old or will reach age 65 during the current tax year; or
Is certified totally
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