Credits and Exemptions
Iowa law provides for a number of credits and exemptions. It is the property owner's responsibility to apply for these as provided by law. It is also the property owner's responsibility to report to the Assessor when they are no longer eligible for any credit or exemption they have applied for.
Barn Preservation - Sign up deadline: February 1
After being approved the exemption will continue until it no longer qualifies.
The barn must have been constructed prior to 1937 and be used for the storage of farm products or feed or for the housing of farm animals or farm equipment.
The exemption is only for value added due to improvements or remodeling.
Barn Preservation and One-Room School House Preservation Tax Exemption Application
Business Property Tax Credit Sign up deadline: July 1
Each commercial or industrial parcel owner can receive the credit. After being approved, the credit will continue until any ownership change occurs. If adjoining parcels are owned by the same person, more information will be needed to determine how many credits will be allowed. This credit was created to reduce the tax on beginning amounts of business property value to the same rate as residential property.
Business Property Tax Credit Application
Disabled Veteran Homestead Tax Credit Sign up deadline: July 1
The veteran must have a permanent and total disability rating (service-connected) or individual unemployability rating that is compensated at the 100% disability rate (as certified by the United States department of veterans’ affairs). A surviving spouse or child who receives dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) is also eligible to receive this credit. The credit will continue until the owner moves or sells the property.
Disabled Veteran Homestead Tax Credit Application
Family Farm Tax Credit Sign up deadline: November 1
The owners of farmland who are actively engaged in farming more than half of the tract or who leased/rent the land to a spouse, parent, grandparent, child, or grandchild will qualify for this credit. The minimum size is 10 acres, which includes all connecting parcels.
Family Farm Tax Credit Application
Forest Reserve Sign up deadline: February 1
A Forest Reverse must contain at least 200 growing trees per acre with a minimum size of 2 acres. If buildings are present, 1 acre will be removed from the exemption. No livestock is allowed on the property, nor can the area be leased for hunting.
If the area is leased or pastured, up to five years of recapture tax will be made unless the property has been owned by the same family for 10 years or more. After the application has been accepted, the area shall receive the tax exemption without having to refile. If sold, the buyer does not have to refile as the exemption will continue on to the new owner.
Forest or Fruit Tree Reservation Tax Exemption Application
Fruit Tree Reservation Exemption Sign up deadline: February 1
The Fruit Tree exemption lasts for 8 years and is for tracts containing 1 to 10 acres with 40 apple trees or 70 other fruit trees per acre. There can be no economic gain made on these acres until the exemption has expired. After the application has been accepted, the area shall receive the tax exemption without having to refile. If sold, the buyer does not have to refile as the exemption will continue on to the new owner.
Forest or Fruit Tree Reservation Tax Exemption Application
Geothermal Heating and Cooling Exemption- Sign up deadline: February 1
The exemption is for the assessed value added due to a geothermal installation.
The geothermal system must have been installed after July 1, 2012. Unlike other exemptions,
it doesn't have to be applied for in the year it was first added.
The exemption runs for 10 years after it is applied for.
Geothermal Heating and Cooling Tax Exemption Application
Historic Property Rehabilitation Exemption Sign up deadline: February 1
The exempted value is from new construction or for rehabilitation of historic property.
The application must contain an approved application for certified substantial rehabilitation from the state historic preservation officer. The exemption schedule: Years 1 through 4 after exemption is approved = total exemption of value added. Year 5 exemption = 75% of value added. Year 6 exemption = 50% of value added. Year 7 exemption = 25% of value added. If the property is sold, the exemption will continue without refiling.
Historic Property Rehabilitation Tax Exemption Application
Homestead Tax Credit Sign up deadline: July 1
This credit is calculated by taking the levy rate times 4,850 in taxable value. The property owner must live in the property for 6 months or longer each year, and must be a resident of Iowa.
The credit will continue without further signing as long as it continues to qualify or until is sold. Family Farm Corporations is the only corporation entity that may also qualify.
People signing up will also be required to certify that a smoke detector has been, or will be installed in the home.
Homestead Tax Credit Application
Impoundment Exemption Sign up deadline: February 1
The impoundment structure and underlying land are eligible for tax exempt status if:
It is located outside any incorporated city, it has a storage capacity of at least 18 acre-feet of water and is used for agricultural purposes. The first year application must be accompanied by a water storage permit from the DNR and a copy of the impoundment plans. The exemption must be reapplied for each year.
Impoundment Structure Tax Exemption Application
Industrial Property Tax Exemption Sign up deadline: February 1 of the first year value is added.
This exemption is not an option unless the City Council or Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance allowing this type of exemption. The exemption is applied to value added by new construction or remodeling. This is a partial exemption for a period of five years: First year exemption is 75%, second year 60%, third year 45%, fourth year 30%, and the 5th year 15%. One application covers all years for that project.
Industrial Property Tax Exemption Application
Manufactured/Mobile Home Park Storm Shelter Sign up deadline: February 1
If the storm shelter is used exclusively as a storm shelter, the structure is fully exempt. If the storm shelter is used for any other purpose other than a storm shelter, the structure is 50% exempt and 50% taxable.
Manufactured Home Storm Shelter Tax Exemption Application
Methane Gas Conversion Exemption Sign up deadline: February 1
Property used in the used in processes to decompose waste and convert the waste to gas qualifies for property tax exemption.
Also included is property used to collect gases produced as a by-product of waste decomposition and property used to convert the gas to energy. None of this exemption is intended to exempt land or buildings.
Methane Gas Conversion Tax Exemption
Military Exemption Sign up deadline: July 1
Military personnel must be honorably discharged from active duty and served a minimum of 18 months, or at least one day during specific wars or conflicts, or if they served less than 18 months but were honorably discharged because of service related injuries.
Members of Reserve Forces or Iowa National Guard who were activated for duty for a minimum of 90 days also qualify. The unremarried spouse of a qualified veteran will qualify for this exemption too. The exemption continues until the property is sold or no longer qualifies.
Military Service Tax Exemption Application
Native Prairie Exemption Sign up deadline: February 1
Any size tracts can be signed up for native prairie, and has to be land that has never been cultivated, is unimproved, and is natural or restored grasslands wherein at least 50% of the plant canopy is a mixture of grass and forb species which were found originally on Iowa’s prairie lands. The application must be accompanied by a certificate from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources stating the property is qualified.
Native Praire or Wetlands Tax Exemption Form
One-Room School House Preservation Sign up deadline: February 1
Any increase in assessed value added to preserve the integrity, and internal and external features of the structure is exempt from taxation. It cannot be used for dwelling purposes. After it is filed, the exemption will continue without further applications.
Barn Preservation & One-Room School House Preservation Tax Exemption Form
Pollution Control Exemption Sign up deadline: February 1
Buildings and structures (or parts of them) which are used to control or abate air/water pollution are eligible for tax exemption. First year applications for pollution control property tax exemptions are to be submitted to the Iowa DNR for certification.
A copy of the application for tax exemption and one of the certificates received from the DNR must be filed with the assessor by February 1. The exemption continues without further signup as long as it continues to qualify
Pollution Control & Recycling Tax Exemption Form
Recycling Exemption Sign up deadline: February 1
Filing this form exempts structures (or parts of structures) that are used in the conversion of waste glass, waste plastic, wastepaper products, waste paperboard, or waste wood products into new raw materials or products composed primarily of recycled material. The application shall include a certificate from the DNR certifying that the primary use of the pollution-control property is to control or abate air/water pollution. No further application is needed for exemption to continue.
Pollution Control and Recycling Tax Exemption Form
Religious and Charitable Exemption Sign up deadline: February 1
Iowa law allows religious and charitably owned property to be full exempt from taxes.
In order for the property to be exempt, it must be solely used for religious or charitable purposes. Being an IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit entity does not qualify a charitable property for exemption, as there still needs to be a charitable use in addition to the non-profit status.
If a portion of the property is being held or operated for a profit, the property may be considered only partly exempt and will contain both taxable and exempt portions.
Certain Non-profit and Charitable Organizations Tax Exemption Form
Wetlands Exemption Sign up deadline: February 1
The first application must include a certificate from the Iowa DNR stating that the land is protected wetland. Unlike most other exemptions, the exempt value is determined by using the average assessed value of the land, instead of the assessment for that specific area designated as wetland. Annual signups are required to keep the exemption in place. The application must be accompanied by a certificate from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources stating the property is qualified.
Native Praire or Wetlands Tax Exemption Form
Wildlife Habitat Sign up deadline: February 1
This exemption can be up to two acres in size. The tax parcel must have an assessed classification of Agricultural. No exemption should be granted if there is any economic gain from this land. The exemption will continue without further signups until the property no longer qualifies.
Wildlife Tax Exemption Form