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(1) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, an application for real estate tax refund or forgiveness of taxes shall be filed with the Department on or before the thirty-first day of January of the calendar year in which real estate taxes are due and payable, provided however, that for calendar year 2019, an application for real estate tax refund or forgiveness of taxes shall be filed with the Department on or before the fifteenth day of March. Only one taxpayer for each homestead shall be entitled to the real estate tax refund or forgiveness of taxes. If two or more persons residing at any homestead meet the qualification for a real estate tax refund or forgiveness of taxes they may determine among themselves who shall receive the refund or forgiveness of taxes. If they are unable to agree, the Department shall determine to whom the refund or forgiveness of taxes is to apply. 563
(a) The Department is authorized to grant exceptions to the deadline provided in subsection (1) upon provision by an owner of real property of evidence of hardship or evidence of other good cause, at its discretion. The Department shall promulgate such regulations and forms as are deemed necessary to effectuate the purpose of this subsection. The Tax Review Board is authorized to review any adverse final determination by the Department relating to an individual's application for an exception, in like manner and with the same effect as a petition for review, as provided in Chapter 19-1700. 564
(2) Each application shall include reasonable proof of household income, the location and nature of the property claimed as a homestead and the tax bill or receipt for the real estate taxes owed or paid in connection with the occupancy of the homestead. It shall not be necessary that real estate taxes are paid directly by the taxpayer. The first application filed shall include proof that the taxpayer or his spouse is or will be age sixty-five or over during the calendar year in which real estate taxes are due and payable.
Added, Bill No. 140278 (approved August 5, 2014), effective October 1, 2014.