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Property Owners are you saving all you can?  Have you applied for the Homestead Exemption?  The exemption is increasing to $25,000 for the next tax year. 

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HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION $25,000

Taxpayers may be eligible for up to $574.00 off their real estate tax bill if they apply for the Homestead Exemption by April 1st.   A permanent resident who has owned their home for the past 12 months is eligible for the exemption.  (Summer camps, vacation homes, and second residences do not qualify).   If you have applied you do not need to reapply, this exemption stays with your property until you are no longer eligible.  Applications are available in person and by mail from the Assessing Department 207-989-7560 or at: http://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/homesteadapp.pdf

VETERANS EXEMPTION $6,000

Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and who were discharged, retired, or separated under other than dishonorable conditions during any federally recognized war period and have reached 62 years of age or meet strict disability criteria are eligible for the Veterans Exemption saving an additional $137.94 annually.  Applications are available in person and by mail from the Assessing Department 207-989-7560 or at:  http://brewermaine.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/veteraexempapp.pdf

Business Owners who have more capital reinvest in the community.  Let us help you keep your tax dollars in your business.

BUSINESS EQUIPMENT TAX EXEMPTION (BETE) & BUSINESS EQUIPMENT TAX REIMBURSMENT (BETR)

Business owners there are programs to assist you also.  There are two great programs that allow businesses to exempt from taxation or be reimbursed by the State for some of the taxes paid for business personal property.

Non-retail business can apply for BETE for eligible equipment first subject to taxation in Maine on or after April 1, 2008.  This application must be completed each year and filed with the Assessor’s office on or before April 1st.  This application has to be accompanied by the annual personal property tax declaration.   Items that were put into service before April 1, 2008 may qualify for reimbursement under the BETR program. https://www.maine.gov/revenue/propertytax/propertytaxbenefits/beteapplication.pdf

Retail businesses can seek reimbursement from Maine Revenue Services through BETR.  Eligible property for BETR means qualified business property first placed in service in Maine after April 1, 1995 and before April 2, 2007.  Certain retail property placed in service after April 1, 2007 may also qualify.  These applications are filed between Mid-August and December 31st each year.  https://www.maine.gov/revenue/forms/property/apps/19_betr_book.pdf

Further information is always available at the Assessing Department, we are happy to assist property owners with questions at any time.  207-989-7560 or

Assessing-Dept@brewermaine.gov