How to Qualify for a Homestead Exemption in Ohio

By: Angela M. Wheeland

The Ohio homestead exemption is a tax credit that allows elderly and disabled homeowners to reduce their home's market value by $25,000 for property tax purposes. In previous years, Ohio also imposed a $27,000 income limit, but the state removed the stipulation in 2007. To qualify for the exemption, you must be an Ohio resident who is at least 65 years old, under 65 and totally and permanently disabled, or 59 years old and the widow/widower of someone who previously qualified.

Step 1

Visit the Ohio Department of Taxation website and download Form DTE 105A. If you are under 65 and disabled, you also have to download Form DTE 105E.

Step 2

Check the box that indicates whether you are a senior citizen, disabled or a surviving spouse. Also, check the correct box that describes the type of home you own.

Step 3

Enter your name, date of birth, address and county of residence in the corresponding fields.

Step 4

Enter the taxing district and registration or parcel number in the line provided. You can find this number on your tax bill.

Step 5

Answer the remaining questions on the form.

Step 6

Sign and date Form DTE 105A. If you are disabled, a doctor, psychologist or government representative must also complete DTE 105E to verify that you are totally and permanently disabled.

Step 7

Mail or hand-deliver Form DTE 105A and Form DTE 105E to your county auditor's office by the first Monday in June. If approved for the exemption, you will receive a notice from your county auditor by the first Monday in October.


  • Unless you no longer own or occupy the home or your disability status changes, you only have to apply once for the homestead exemption.
  • Ohio does not allow you to file the forms electronically.

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About the Author

Angela M. Wheeland specializes in topics related to taxation, technology, gaming and criminal law. She has contributed to several websites and serves as the lead content editor for a construction-related website. Wheeland holds an Associate of Arts in accounting and criminal justice. She has owned and operated her own income tax-preparation business since 2006.

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