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Exemptions and Tax Credits

(Title 36, M.R.S.A. Sections 651-678)
There are several classes of exempt property (property upon which real estate taxes need not be paid) such as government-owned property. In addition, several other personal exemptions exist. Application forms and bulletins that describe them are available on the State's website. For informational purposes, the exemptions below are depicted in their full amounts and have not been adjusted by the town's certified ratio, as required by law.

Homestead Exemption
Under this law, homeowners are now eligible for up to a $10,000 reduction in their permanent residence's property valuation (the state reduced this from $13,000 in 2010). If you have owned a home in Maine for 12 months prior to April first, you may apply for this program. Forms are available at the Tax Assessor's office or on the State's Website.

*******New Homestead Property Tax Exemption Information******

Current law provides for a homestead exemption in the amount of $10,000 for eligible taxpayers. Starting April 1, 2016, the homestead exemption will increase to $15,000; for April 1, 2017, the homestead exemption will increase to $20,000. Current taxpayers who are receiving the homestead exemption will not be required to reapply for this exemption unless specifically requested by the Assessor's Office. For more information, please see the list of Enacted Legislation - 2015 Session of the Maine Revenue Services Website.

Veteran's Exemption - (Title 36, M.R.S.A. Section 653)
A property owner may be eligible for a reduction in the valuation of their property if they: Own a residence in Kennebunk on April 1 of the tax year in question; Are a veteran who is not dishonorably discharged; Served during a recognized war period in the U.S. Armed Forces; Are over 62 or are an unremarried widow/widower of a qualifying veteran. If the veteran is under 62 but is 100% disabled due to a service-connected disability, he/she might likewise qualify. In any case the veteran must fill out a form and provide proof of service and discharge, such as a copy of their DD214 form. For veterans who served during World War II or later, the exemption is $6000, beginning April 1, 2008. For veterans serving prior, the exemption is $7000. Paraplegic veterans may receive an exemption of $47500 for a specially adapted housing unit. Applications for these exemptions are available in the Tax Assessor's Office or on the State's website.

Blind Exemption - (Title 36, M.R.S.A. Section 654)
The residential real estate of residents who are legally blind as determined by the Department of Education Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired may be exempt up to the just value of $4,000. Applications for this exemption are available in the Assessor's Office or on the State's website.

Property Tax Fairness Credit
The State of Maine's Property Tax and Rent Refund program has been replaced by the Property Tax Fairness Credit. Please be advised that this program is now completely administrated through the Maine Revenue Services Income Tax Division. Forms, applications, and publications program can be located on the State's website or you can reach them directly at 207-626-8475 weekdays 8:00am – 5:00pm.