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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Porter county tax appeal board rules Ogden Dunes resident entitled to homestead deduction even though husband receiving same type of tax break on home in Florida"

That from a story today by Bob Kasarda of the NWI Times. More:

Attorney and state Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, who represented Kurtz, argued that state law speaks about Indiana alone when it limits these tax breaks to one primary residence.

This was made explicitly clear in 2011, though was intended in years prior, said Tallian, who has served as a state lawmaker since 2005. The Kurtz appeal focused on the period of 2008 to 2010.

Attorney Jon Schmaltz, who represented the county auditor's office during Tuesday's hearing, disagreed and argued the state law limits homestead deductions to one primary residence, no matter how many states are involved.

"I don't think it's ambiguous," he said.

Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski, who has led a crackdown on homestead deduction violators, said he regrets that unlike the petitioner in these cases, he does not have the option of appealing the local decision to the state.

"It is not their job to interpret the law," he said of the three-member Porter County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals. "This is a serious misinterpretation of what their responsibility is."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 25, 2013 09:40 AM
Posted to Indiana Government