THE TAX EXEMPTION PROGRAM WAS DISCONTINUED ON JANUARY 1, 2023
The Horace City Council will discuss the Tax Exemption Resolution again on June 19th, 2023, at the Horace Fire Hall Event Center @ 6:00 pm.
If the closing date of your newly constructed home was in 2022, you are still eligible for the tax exemption. Properties with new home construction that were permitted prior to January 1, 2023, are also still eligible for the tax abatement.
To complete your application, please follow the instructions below:
1. Download the TAX EXEMPTION CLAIM FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION (TAX ABATEMENT FORM) and save the form to your computer. The form is fillable and can be signed by typing your name. Once filled out, please save it and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. This form is a legal document and must be filled out in its entirety (do not leave any section blank).
3. For helpful information, please read the guideline below.
Guideline: Property Tax Exemption of Certain New Single Family, Condominium, and Townhouse Residential Properties Built (AND THE CLOSING DATE OCCURED IN 2022)
North Dakota Century Code (N.D.C.C.) § 57-02-08(35) April 2012
North Dakota Century Code (N.D.C.C.) § 57-02-08(35) provides a discretionary exemption for certain new single-family residential properties and condominium and townhouse properties from property taxes for the first two taxable years after the taxable year in which construction is completed, the residence is owned and occupied for the first time and other conditions are met. Whether or not to offer the exemption is at the discretion of the governing body.
Governing Body Must Pass Resolution
- Before granting an exemption, the city governing body, for property located within a city, or the county governing body, for property outside city limits, must pass a resolution stating that the exemption will be allowed.
- The maximum exemption allowed is $150,000 of true and full valuation of improvements only. Land is taxable.
- The value of improvements allowed by the resolution is exempt for a maximum of two years following the year in which construction was completed and the residence is owned and occupied for the first time, and other conditions are met.
- The governing body may limit or impose conditions on the exemptions, including limitations on the length of time during which an exemption is allowed.
- The governing body needs to pass only one resolution to allow the exemption.
- Once the governing body has passed the resolution, there can be no discretion on its part regarding who shall receive the exemption if the requirements set out in the statute and the resolution are met.
- The resolution may be rescinded or amended at any time.
- The property must be owned and occupied for the first time.
- The property does not have to be occupied on the assessment date.
Properties That Are Eligible
- All new single-family residential property on which construction is completed after passage of the resolution is eligible when the residence is owned and occupied for the first time.
- All new condominium and townhouse residential property on which construction is completed after passage of the resolution is eligible when the residence is owned and occupied for the first time.
- Duplexes that have separate legal descriptions and owners are to be considered townhouses.
- Outbuildings and other improvements normally associated with residential living are included in the exemption.
- The residence must qualify for the exemption in order for outbuildings and other improvements to qualify. For example, if a residence was completed in 2009 and a garage was built on the same description after January 1, 2010, the garage would qualify because the residence qualified. The garage would be exempt as long as the residence qualified for exemption.
- Modular and other off-site-built residences are eligible for the exemption. Completion of an off-site built residence means the point in time at which the residence has been installed on the foundation and is approved for occupancy.
Additional Conditions16. General taxes and installments of special assessments on the property may not be delinquent.
17. If the current year's tax has not been paid, either the assessor or the county auditor may file an application for abatement pursuant to N.D.C.C. § 57-23-05
18. If an abatement will result in a refund of a tax or compromise of a tax, the person claiming exemption may file an application for abatement pursuant to N.D.C.C. ch. 57-23.