Governor Extends Application Deadline For Certain Property Tax Exemptions
Effective March 31, 2020, Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order extending the April 1, 2020 application deadline for certain property tax exemptions. The Executive Order was signed pursuant to the civil emergency proclamation, signed by the Governor on March 15, 2020.
Ordinarily, applications for certain property tax exemptions would be submitted by April 1 to be effective for a municipality’s property tax commitment. Now, the Executive Order extends the April 1, 2020 deadline to either the commitment date of the municipality or 30 days after the termination of the declared emergency, whichever occurs first. The extended application deadline includes the following property tax exemptions: Property of Institutions and Organizations (36 M.R.S. § 652); Estates of Veterans (36 M.R.S. § 653(1)(G)); Solar and Wind Energy Equipment (36 M.R.S. §§ 655(1)(U) and 656(1)(K)); Exemption of Homesteads (36 M.R.S. § 684(1)); and Exemption of Business Equipment (“BETE”) (36 M.R.S. § 693(1)).
The Executive Order remains in effect until amended or rescinded. If you have any questions about the extended deadline, please contact your municipal assessor or the Property Tax Division of Maine Revenue Services at (207) 624-5600.
Governor Changes Extended Deadline for Current Use Applications
Effective April 9, 2020, Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order changing the extended application deadline for the annual current land use taxation applications. The Executive Order was signed pursuant to the civil emergency proclamation, signed by the Governor on March 15, 2020. The Executive Order now extends the application deadline from April 1 until the commitment date of the municipality or 30 days after the termination of the emergency, whichever occurs first.
The Governor’s Executive Order can be viewed at www.maine.gov/governor/mills/official_documents (click on Executive Order 30-A: An Order Regarding an Extension of the Current Use Taxation Deadline (PDF) – 4/9/2020). Please note that this Executive Order supersedes Executive Order 30, dated March 31, 2020.
O’Donnell & Associates will accept applications on behalf of our client towns. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep a copy of the application and a copy of the email acknowledgement of receipt.