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North Carolina G. S. 105-277.1 provides financial assistance to low-income elderly and disabled homeowners by exempting part of the value of their home from the property tax levied by North Carolina counties and municipalities. This assistance is called the Homestead Property Tax Exemption. Under current law, an elderly or disabled homeowner is eligible for the exemption ($20,000 or 50% of the appraised value of property, which ever is greater, used as his or her permanent residence) if he or she is a North Carolina resident and his or her income from the preceding calendar year was $18,000 or less. Effective July 1, 2003, the income eligibility limit will be adjusted annually to the nearest $100 based on the cost-of-living adjustment used in calculating Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits.
To apply for this exemption, contact the Wilson County Tax Office at 252-399-2900.