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What is a Military Exemption?
Veterans who served in active duty and who were honorably discharged are eligible to receive a military exemption on their property taxes. If you served in the military and were on active duty for 18 months you are eligible for a military exemption. Pursuant to Iowa law, the reduction in taxable value is determined by the dates and amount of time the veteran served in active duty. The reduction of taxable value for World War I veterans is $2,778 and $1,852 for all other periods of service. Former and current members of the Iowa National Guard and reserve forces need not have performed active duty if they served at least 20 years. You can apply for this in person in the Assessors Office or online using the Beacon website. To use the Beacon website click the link below to access the search page, fill in your property information and in the search results there is link towards the bottom of the page that will allow you to access this form.Apply for Military Exemption on the Beacon Site.

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1. What is a Homestead Credit?
2. What is a Military Exemption?
3. How do I apply or find out if I qualify for the Homestead Credit or Military Exemption?
4. I have applied for the Homestead Credit and/or Military Exemption, but I don't see them on my property tax bill?
5. Do I need to sign for homestead exemption every year?
6. I moved to a new home, do I need to sign for homestead exemption?
7. What other Credits and Exemptions may I be eligible for?
8. How is the Assessor appointed?
9. What is the Conference Board?
10. How does the Assessor determine the value of my property?
11. What is classification?
12. What is Market Value?
13. How Does the Assessor Estimate Market Value?
14. How often is my property reassessed?
15. When are Assessment Notices mailed?
16. What do I do if I disagree with the Assessed Value of my property?
17. What is the Board of Review and who are the members?
18. What is the Property Assessment Appeal Board and who are the members?
19. What is an Equalization Order?
20. How is an Equalization Order Determined?
21. How will I know if my property receives an Equalization Order?
22. My assessment has not changed, why have my property taxes increased?
23. What is Taxable Value?
24. What is a Rollback?
25. What is a Levy Rate?
26. What does Property Tax pay for?