I must have been asleep when the Louisiana Legislature passed La. R.S. 47:1703:1 last year, but I certainly became aware of it when I received the nicest letter from the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office.
Our records indicate that you have successfully applied for and received a 2012 Homestead Exemption. This letter is to notify you that this Exemption is now permanent as long as your current address remains your home in Orleans Parish….
No more filling out those little cards annually and making sure they are mailed or returned to the Assessor in a timely manner. This should help eliminate the lines of folks who insist on bringing their exemptions in person, freeing up staff to focus on other tasks.
Of course, the standard rules still apply to homestead exemptions:
- You may claim only one exemption
- Your exemption applies to your domicile only – your permanent, personally owned residence
- Assessment freezes are available for those with a gross income of less than $67,670 AND are 65 years or older or have a permanent disability or a military disability greater than 50%
For more information about how the homestead exemption works in New Orleans, visit the assessor website.