Marshall County Auditor Angie Birchmeier would like to remind taxpayers to check their tax statements which were recently mailed to ensure they are receiving the proper deductions. There are many deductions available to the public that taxpayers may not be aware of.  Birchmeier is beginning a monthly educational series of press releases to explain available deductions, what they are, and who may be eligible for them. There are many deductions available to property owners; with the potential of saving hundreds of dollars annually.

The most utilized deduction is the Homestead Standard Deduction and Supplemental Homestead Deduction.  This is available to all who own a home, mobile home or are buying on a recorded land contract and using it as their primary residence.  Only one homestead is allowed per State of Indiana IC 6-1.1-12-37 per married couple.  Homestead Deductions need only be filed once on your residence.  This will only need to be re-filed if you move.

Other available deductions are Solar Energy Heating or Cooling Systems, Solar Power Devices, Wind Power Devices, Hydroelectric Power Devices, Geothermal Devices, Heritage Barn, Over 65, Over 65 Circuit Breaker Credit, Fertilizer and Pesticide Storage, Blind or Disabled, Total Disabled Veteran or Veteran at Least 62 with Disability of 10% or more, Deduction for Homestead Donated to Veteran, Veteran with Service-Connected Disability and Surviving Spouse of World War I Veteran. As this series continues, you will learn more about the requirements for each one.

Deduction applications must be completed and dated by December 31st before the first year the taxpayer wishes to claim the deduction.  The deduction paperwork must be filed with the Auditor’s office.  

The Marshall County Building is open to the public from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Along with the Treasurer and Assessor offices, we will have extended hours on Saturday, May 6th from 9:00 am to noon, Tuesday, May 9th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Wednesday, May 10th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Residents are welcome to call us at 574-935-8555 with any questions or concerns.