Exemptions

What is Homestead Exemption?

A homestead exemption in Louisiana exempts the first $75,000 of market value on a property owner's primary residence. To be eligible, the property owner must own and reside in the home. Only one homestead exemption is allowed per person or married couple. If you believe you are eligible, you may apply online, in person, or you can schedule an appointment with one of our staff members to meet you at your property.

How Do I Apply for Homestead Exemption? 

If you feel you qualify for homestead exemption, you may apply online or you can download and mail in the application below:

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What is a Special Assessment Level?

Special Assessment Level

A special assessment level will "freeze" the assessed value of your homestead property. In other words, if you qualify your property value will be "frozen" at the current value and not increase until the home is remodeled or sold.

This does not mean your taxes are frozen. The taxes owed on your property will not be frozen because taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value by the millage rate. If your assessment is "frozen" the taxable value of your house will not change but the millage rate will change from year to year.

Special Assessment Levels Available to All Taxpayers

Age 65 Freeze

  • At least one owner of the home must be age 65 or older.
  • Adjusted Gross Income, combined for all owners, cannot exceed $100,000 for that current year.
  • Required Documents: Driver's License or Birth Certificate, Federal Tax Return
  • If you believe you qualify please come in to our office with all required documents to apply.


Disability Freeze

  • Owner of the home must be permanently and totally disabled.
  • Adjusted Gross Income, combined for all owners, cannot exceed $100,000 for that current year.
  • Required Documents: Disability Awards Letter, Driver's License or Birth Certificate, Federal Tax Return
  • If you believe you qualify please come in to our office with all required documents to apply.

Special Assessment Levels Available Only to Veterans

Disabled Veterans Freeze

  • Owner of the home must have a service-connected disability with a 50% or higher disability rating.
  • Adjusted Gross Income, combined for all owners, cannot exceed $100,000 for that current year.
  • Required Documents: Disability Awards Letter, Driver's License or Birth Certificate, Federal Tax Return
  • If you believe you qualify please come in to our office with all required documents to apply.


Disabled Veterans Additional Homestead Exemption

  • Owner of the home must be a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability rating, or the surviving spouse of a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability rating.
  • You must make an appointment with the Veteran's Affairs Office to receive a signed A25 form. The VA's office can be reached at 337-238-6401.
  • Required Documents: Signed A25 Form from the VA's Office, Driver’s License or Birth Certificate
  • If you believe you qualify please come in to our office with all required documents to apply.
 

Additional Special Assessment Levels

Surviving Spouse Additional Homestead Exemption

  • Owner of the home must be an unmarried surviving spouse of a person who died while on active duty as a member of the armed forces, or while performing their duties as a law enforcement or fire protection officer. The property must have been owned and occupied by the deceased service member, law enforcement or fire protection officer at the time of death.
  • Required Documents: Disability Awards Letter, Driver's License or Birth Certificate, Federal Tax Return
  • If you believe you qualify please come in to our office with all required documents to apply.
 

Are There Tax Saving Benefits for Timber and Agriculture Land?

Louisiana’s “Use Value Assessment” allows timberland and agriculture land to be assessed at a greatly reduced rate which provides a significant tax reduction for the landowner.

In order to qualify the land must be at least 3 acres in size (acreage cannot be rounded up), OR have produced an average gross annual income of at least $2,000 in timber or agriculture for the previous 4 years.

  • Required Documents: Use Value Assessment Form 
  • If you believe you qualify fill out the Use Value Assessment Form and return by fax, email or postal mail OR come in to our office to apply.

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