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New homeowners must file by March 15, to get owner occupied property tax reduction

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March, 8, 2017
Contact: Wendy Semmler, Property Tax Program Manager, S.D., Dept. of Revenue, 605-773-3311


New homeowners must file by March 15, to get owner occupied property tax reduction

PIERRE, S.D. -- Homeowners living in a different or new home this year are advised that the deadline for filing the owner-occupied, single family dwelling certificate is March 15 (postmarked). The certificate allows homeowners the eligibility for a property tax reduction.


Any South Dakota homeowner who owned and occupied a home on Nov. 1, 2016, is eligible for this classification and the property tax reduction. Taxpayers that have received the reductions previously and still own and occupy the same home will continue to receive the property tax reduction without filing a new certificate.


Wendy Semmler, Property Tax program manager said, “The Department of Revenue wants everyone who is eligible to receive the property tax reduction of owner-occupied status for their home.”


The 2017 valuation notices sent to taxpayers beginning March 1 will indicate if the property classification is owner-occupied. Homeowners are advised to check their notices and make sure their property is classified as owner-occupied.


Taxpayers who have purchased a home, have built a new home prior to Nov. 1, 2016, or have previously not applied for the classification must apply to their county director of equalization by March 15, 2017.


To obtain a form or ask questions regarding the owner-occupied certificate, homeowners are encouraged to contact their county’s director of equalization or call the Property and Special Taxes Division of the South Dakota Department of Revenue at 605-773-3311.


The form is available on the Department of Revenue web site at: