Extended Frequently Asked Questions

What is Homestead Exemption?

A homestead exemption in Louisiana exempts the first $75,000 of market value on a property owner's primary residence.

In St. Charles Parish, the homestead exemption is equivalent to roughly $884 in annual property tax savings.


 

How do I apply for Homestead Exemption?

An eligible owner shall apply for the homestead exemption by filing a signed application with the Assessor. You may apply at our office or schedule an appointment for one of our staff members to meet you at your property. Please provide the following documents at the time you apply:

  • Driver's License or government-issued identification
  • Proof of the home's square footage, if available. This is usually provided in the form of an appraisal.

 

How do I renew my Homestead Exemption?

In the first quarter of each year, the Assessor will mail a renewal card to all taxpayers with a homestead exemption. This card must be signed and returned yearly in order for the homestead exemption to continue to be applied to your property. Property owners will be notified in the event a homestead exemption is removed.


What are special assessment levels?

A special assessment level will 'freeze' the assessed value of the homestead. In other words, the property value at the time the freeze is applied will not change during future reassessment periods. The special assessment level will remain the same for as long as the applicant owns and resides in the home and income does not exceed the maximum income set by the legislature. This special assessment level is lost if improvements in excess of 25% of the home's value are added.

Special Assessment Levels available to all taxpayers:

Age 65 Freeze

  • At least one owner of the home must be age 65 or older.
  • Adjusted Gross Income, combined for all owners, cannot exceed $77,030 for the year 2020.
  • Required Documents: Driver's License or Birth Certificate, Federal Tax Return

Disability Freeze

  • Owner of the home must be permanently and totally disabled.
  • Adjusted Gross Income, combined for all owners, cannot exceed $77,030 for the year 2020. The owner's eligibility must be annually recertified each year the freeze is in effect.
  • Required Documents: Disability Awards Letter, Driver's License or Birth Certificate, Federal Tax Return

 

Special Assessment Levels available only to veterans:

Disabled Veterans Freeze

  • Owner of the home must have a service-connected disability with a 50% or higher disability rating.
  • Adjusted Gross Income, combined for all owners, cannot exceed $77,030 for the year 2020.
  • Required Documents: Disability Awards Letter, Driver's License or Birth Certificate, Federal Tax Return

Disabled Veterans Additional Homestead Exemption

  • Owner of the home must be a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability rating, or the surviving spouse of a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability rating.
  • Required Documents: Disability Awards Letter, Driver’s License or Birth Certificate

 

Additional Special Assessment Levels:

Surviving Spouse Additional Homestead Exemption

  • Owner of the home must be an unmarried surviving spouse of a person who died while on active duty as a member of the armed forces, or while performing their duties as a law enforcement or fire protection officer. The property must have been owned and occupied by the deceased service member, law enforcement or fire protection officer at the time of death.
  • Required Documents: Disability Awards Letter, Driver's License or Birth Certificate, Federal Tax Return

How can I voice my opinion on millage rates?

The following is a list of taxing bodies that collect millages. Residents can contact each voice their opinions on the rate and/or attend public meetings during which the rates are set. These taxing bodies can choose to either roll back the millages (lower the rate), roll forward (keep the rate the same) or increase the millages within voter-approved limits.

Click on each for contact information.

Download 2019 Millage Rate Sheet for St. Charles Parish

Download 2020 Millage Rates as of Aug. 17, 2020