Finance and Administration Cabinet
Department of Revenue sets 2009-2010 Homestead Exemption
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The maximum homestead exemption on real estate owned by qualified persons has been set at $33,700 for the 2009 and 2010 tax periods. The 2009-2010 exemption reflects a $2,300 increase over the 2007-2008 exemption of $31,400.
The amount of the homestead exemption is adjusted every two years in accordance with KRS 132.810 to compensate for changes in the purchasing power of the dollar. The exemption provided state and local property tax savings of approximately $135 million for more than 380,000 elderly or disabled Kentuckians during the 2008 tax year.
To qualify for the homestead exemption, a person must be at least 65 years old during the tax period or have been classified as totally disabled by any public or private retirement system. The property must also be owned, occupied and maintained by the taxpayer as a personal residence on the January 1 assessment year. Disabled persons younger than 65 years of age must apply annually for this exemption with the exception of service-related disabled veterans of the United States Armed Forces.