Responsibility and Requirements
The main responsibility of the Board of Listers is to appraise property within the town for the purpose of property tax assessment. Generally speaking, assessment equity is the degree to which assessments bear a consistent relationship to market value.
Many of the Listers activities have requirements from the State of Vermont concerning timing, notification and format, as well as substance, which must be adhered to strictly.
- The assessment date of all property is April 1 of each year.
- Homestead Declarations are required annually and must be filed by April 15 (for 2017 the due date is April 18)
- Change of assessment notices were mailed in early June.
- Grievances must be filed within 14 days after the notice.
NOTICE: The Grievance Meetings for the town of Middletown Springs, VT will be held
in the Town Clerk’s Office in Middletown Springs on: TBA
Dates for grievance hearings are listed on the change of assessment notices and, as required, are posted in five other places. In 2017 these include the Town Clerk’s office, post office, library, Grant’s Store and the town website.
Homestead Declarations are required annually and must be filed with the Vermont Tax Department by April 15, however in 2017 it is due on April 18. If you plan to file with your Vermont personal income taxes and you file for an extension, you must still file the Homestead Declaration by April 18. Late filers will be penalized.
Property Tax Adjustment Claim and Eligibility Requirements.
The Vermont Property Tax Adjustment assists many Vermont homeowners with paying their property taxes. You may be eligible for a property tax adjustment if your property qualifies as a homestead and you meet the eligibility requirements. The maximum property tax adjustment you can receive is $8,000. Eligibility requirements are as follows:
- The property must be declared as your homestead.
- You were domiciled in Vermont for the entire 2016 calendar year.
- You were not claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer
- You own the property as your principal residence on April 1, 2017.
- You meet the household income criteria of $141,000 or less.
Click on http://tax.vermont.gov/sites/tax/files/documents/2017-HS-122-Instr.pdf for more detailed information about your circumstances.
You may file on line at www.tax.vermont.gov. Click on Vt Tax Forms. On the left of the screen, under the category Tax Forms and Publications, click on Property Owners, then click on HS-122, HI-144. You may contact us if you have any questions.
To reach the Board of Listers, please leave a message the Town Office at 235-2220 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Achey, Chairman