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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Increased Tax Relief Benefits Give Disabled Veterans and Seniors Much Needed Support

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Low-income seniors and the disabled can expect some much needed help on their property taxes from the State of Tennessee in the form of tax relief. This year, seniors and the individuals with disabilities will see a 14 percent increase in benefits, and disabled veterans will receive 74 percent more than the previous year.

Elderly and disabled taxpayers will get a subsidy of up to $277.43 off of their Shelby County property taxes, disabled veterans will be given up to $1,798.13.

The income limit for the elderly and disabled is $29,180, while disabled veterans do not have an income limit. Widows and widowers of disabled veterans are also eligible.

"The Trustee’s Office is concerned about our seniors, the disabled and our disabled veterans who live on fixed incomes and may experience hardships paying their property taxes,” said Shelby County Trustee David C. Lenoir. “We are committed to helping ease the financial burden by making sure all eligible taxpayers are aware of our property tax assistance programs.”

Tax relief dollars come from the State of Tennessee and do not have to be repaid. The Shelby County Trustee’s Office administers the tax relief program for the county and taxpayers may also apply for the same benefit for municipal property taxes.

Millington, Arlington, Bartlett and Lakeland residents may apply with the Trustee’s Office for both county and municipal benefits. Residents of Germantown, Collierville and Memphis must apply with the local taxing authority for municipal tax relief. The deadline to apply is April 5, 2018 with the exception of the City of Memphis. Memphis’ deadline is October 6, 2017.

For a complete chart of tax relief benefits, click here.

For more information about property tax assistance, please contact the Trustee’s Office at 901.222.0200.

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