Vermont homeowners need to file a homestead declaration, even if you are not required to file a tax return.
If you don’t file this form, you will have to pay the rate that people who do not live in property they own have to pay. You may also miss out on help from the state to pay your property taxes.
File online: Visit the Vermont Department of Taxes website to file your Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustment Claim online.
Get help: You can find free help to file your homestead declaration and property tax adjustment claim, if you meet the income limits.
If You Cannot Pay Your Property Taxes
In Vermont, if you own your home and cannot pay your property taxes because your income is low, there may be something you can do. A city or town can decide that some or all of a person's property taxes are forgiven because the homeowner is unable to pay them. This is called a “property tax abatement.”
Vermont law says that cities or towns can abate (forgive) all or part of a person's property tax, interest and collection fees because he or she is unable to pay.