May 29 2013

Process for School Tax Exemption Announced

May 10, 2013

Application Process for Taxpayer Exemption from
School Support Tax for 2013-14 Fiscal Year

(Applicant must receive SSI/Disability) On March 5, 2013, voters in Piedmont passed Measure A which establishes a School Support Tax. This allows the possibility of exemption for those homeowners who reside on their property and qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Homeowners interested in applying for an exemption must apply in person or by mail to the Office of the Superintendent, Piedmont Unified School District, 760 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611. To apply, homeowners must submit proof of their SSI determination in the form of their annual notification of eligibility sent by the Social Security Administration. The deadline for application for the 2013-14 fiscal year is 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013. For any questions regarding this process, please contact the Assistant to the School Superintendent at 510-594-2614.

The language of Measure A, Administration of Tax, Section(d) Parcel Tax
Exemptions reads as follows:

Homeowners who are residing on their property and qualify for
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be exempt. This could
apply to adults who are blind or otherwise disabled, with limited
income and resources, as well as to people 65 years of age and
older without disabilities who meet the income limits prescribed by
SSI. Individuals seeking such exemption must submit an application
to the District, including proof that the individual has been
determined to be eligible for SSI by the Social Security
Administration, on or before July 1 of each tax year. The District
shall provide a list to the Tax Collector on an annual basis, on or
before a date established by the Tax Collector of each year, of the
parcels which the District has approved for the SSI Exemption, as
described herein.

The amount of the School Support Tax is $2,406 per parcel regardless of zone.  Applications must filed in a timely manner on or before July 1 of each tax year.  According to public comments regarding the March 2013 Measure A election, few homeowners in Piedmont will qualify for the exemption.

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