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The Circuit Breaker / Property Tax Reduction Program 6/26/2014

What is the Circuit Breaker Program?
The Circuit Breaker Program is another name for the Property Tax Reduction Program. For qualified applicants, this program reduces property taxes by as much as $1,320. The amount of reduction is based on income from the previous calendar year. The property tax reduction will not reduce any solid waste fees, irrigation fees, or other fees charged by government entities.

Do I qualify?
You may qualify if you meet the follow requirements:

  • You owned and lived in a home or mobile home in the state of Idaho that was your primary residence before April 15th of the year in which you are applying.
  • You meet the income guidelines for the year in which you are applying

You are one of the following as of January 1st of the year in which you are applying:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Widowed
  • Blind
  • Fatherless or Motherless child under the age of 18
  • Former hostage or prisoner of war
  • Veteran with 10% or more service-connected disability
  • Disabled as recognized by the Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Board, or Federal Civil Service

Where do I apply?
The Property Tax Reduction Program is administered by the Idaho State Tax Commission and applications for the program are available from the County Assessors’ Office. Applications must be submitted between January 1st and April 15th. You must apply and qualify each year to receive the reduction benefit. Benefits are not automatically renewed. More Information about this program and the application is available online HERE.