Abatement and Exemptions

Exemptions:
Certain classes of property are tax exempt by law. Partially exempt property tax relates to the following categories:
 
Homestead Exemption -This program provides a measure of property tax relief for certain individuals that have owned homestead property in Maine for at least 12 months and make the property they occupy on April 1 their permanent residence. Property owners would receive an exemption of $25,000.
 
 
Veteran Exemption - A veteran who served during a recognized war period and is 62 years or older; or, is receiving 100% disability as a Veteran; or, became 100% disabled while serving, is eligible for $6,000.
 
 
Paraplegic Veteran - A veteran who received a federal grant for a specially adapted housing unit may receive $50,000.
 
 
Blind Exemption - An individual who is determined to be legally blind receives $4,000.
 
For more information see 36 M.R.S. §§ 651 - 684.
 
Abatement Applications
Abatement is the process by which valuation that is found to be excessive or an assessment found to be void because of an error, or illegal may be corrected. To qualify for an abatement, a property owner must show: 1) that the property is overvalued in comparison to other, similar properties in the same municipality; or 2) that the assessment is illegal or void. The assessor’s determination of value is presumed to be correct, so the burden of proving an abatement is warranted is on the property owner.