A person named in section 427.3, who is a resident of and domiciled in the state of Iowa, shall receive a reduction equal to the exemption, to be made from any property owned by the person or owned by a family farm corporation of which the person is a shareholder and who occupies the property and so designated by proceeding as provided in the section. To be eligible to receive the exemption the person claiming it shall have recorded in the office of the county recorder of the county in which is located the property designated for the exemption, evidence of property ownership by that person or the family farm corporation of which the person is a shareholder and the military certificate of satisfactory service, order transferring to inactive status, reserve, retirement, order of separation from service, honorable discharge or a copy of any of these documents of the person claiming or through whom is claimed the exemption.
The person shall file with the appropriate assessor on forms obtained from the assessor the claim for exemption for the year for which the person is first claiming the exemption. The claim shall be filed not later than July 1 of the year for which the person is claiming the exemption. The claim shall set out the fact that the person is a resident of and domiciled in the state of Iowa, and a person within the terms of section 427.3, and shall give the volume and page on which the certificate of satisfactory service, order of separation, retirement, furlough to reserve, inactive status, or honorable discharge or certified copy thereof is recorded in the office of the county recorder, and may include the designation of the property from which the exemption is to be made, and shall further state that the claimant is the equitable or legal owner of the property designated or if the property is owned by a family farm corporation, that the person is a shareholder of that corporation and that the person occupies the property.
Upon the filing and allowance of the claim, the claim shall be allowed to that person for successive years without further filing. Provided, that notwithstanding the filing or having on file a claim for exemption, the person or person's spouse is the legal or equitable owner of the property on July 1 of the year for which the claim is allowed. When the property is sold or transferred or the person wishes to designate different property for the exemption, a person who wishes to receive the exemption shall refile for the exemption. A person who sells or transfers property which is designated for the exemption or the personal representative of a deceased person who owned such property shall provide written notice to the assessor that the property is no longer legally or equitably owned by the former claimant.
In case the owner of the property is in active service in any of the armed forces of the United States or of this state, including the nurses corps of the state or of the United States, or is sixty-five years of age or older, or is disabled, the claim may be filed by any member of the owner's family, by the owner's guardian or conservator, or by any other person who may represent the owner under power of attorney. In all cases where the owner of the property is married, the spouse may file the claim for exemption. A person may not claim an exemption in more than one county of the state, and if a designation is not made the exemption shall apply to the homestead, if any.
[C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 6947; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 427.5; 82 Acts, ch 1246, § 8, 11]
84 Acts, ch 1221, § 2; 87 Acts, ch 198, § 3; 89 Acts, ch 296, §46; 97 Acts, ch 158, § 31; 97 Acts, ch 206, § 9
Referred to in § 25B.7, 331.401, 331.512, 420.207, 427.7
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