Coronavirus Property Tax Relief in Indiana
Indiana Executive Order 20-05 (EO 20-05) issued by Governor Eric Holcomb on March 19, 2020, extended several Indiana property tax deadlines. Implementation of EO 20-05 has been clarified by additional executive orders as detailed below.
Indiana Spring Installment Property Tax Payment Automatic Extension
The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) issued an executive order on March 20, 2020, which provides an automatic payment extension without penalty for spring 2020 real and personal property tax payment installments that are normally due on or before May 11, 2020. The extension is for 60 days to July 10, 2020. Excluded from the extension are payments made by escrow accounts or mortgage companies.
Indiana Spring Property Tax Filing Deadline Extension Allowed on Request (Caution)
Unlike the payment extension, the DLGF order does not provide an automatic extension of the May 15 business personal property tax filing deadlines. A request must still be made by May 15 for a 30-day filing extension, from May 15 to June 14. While the filing extension is not automatic, the order encourages the assessor to grant timely requested extensions. Personal property tax returns filed after the normal due date without advance approved extension will be considered to have been filed late and will incur late penalties. Indiana personal property tax returns that are filed late may not be amended.
Indiana County Property Tax Bills to be Mailed on Schedule
The normal deadline for mailing spring property tax statements remains in place. County Treasurers are still required to mail statements by April 15, 2020.
Indiana Property Tax Exemption Filings Extended to June 30, 2020
Indiana Executive Order 20-12 issued by Governor Eric Holcomb on March 26, 2020, extends to June 30, 2020, the deadline for submitting property tax exemption claims for educational, religious or charitable purposes normally due by April 1, 2020. By statute, to obtain a new exemption for the tax year, Indiana Form 136 must be filed with the applicable county assessor by the deadline.
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