1. A homestead credit fund is created. There is appropriated annually from the general fund of the state to the department of revenue and finance to be credited to the homestead credit fund, an amount sufficient to implement this chapter.
The director of revenue and finance shall issue warrants on the homestead credit fund payable to the county treasurers of the several counties of the state under this chapter.
2. The homestead credit fund shall be apportioned each year so as to give a credit against the tax on each eligible homestead in the state in an amount equal to the actual levy on the first four thousand eight hundred fifty dollars of actual value for each homestead.
3. The amount due each county shall be paid in two payments on November 15 and March 15 of each fiscal year, drawn upon warrants payable to the respective county treasurers. The two payments shall be as nearly equal as possible.
4. Annually the department of revenue and finance shall estimate the credit not to exceed the actual levy on the first four thousand eight hundred fifty dollars of actual value of each eligible homestead, and shall certify to the county auditor of each county the credit and its amount in dollars. Each county auditor shall then enter the credit against the tax levied on each eligible homestead in each county payable during the ensuing year, designating on the tax lists the credit as being from the homestead credit fund, and credit shall then be given to the several taxing districts in which eligible homesteads are located in an amount equal to the credits allowed on the taxes of the homesteads. The amount of credits shall be apportioned by each county treasurer to the several taxing districts as provided by law, in the same manner as though the amount of the credit had been paid by the owners of the homesteads. However, the several taxing districts shall not draw the funds so credited until after the semiannual allocations have been received by the county treasurer, as provided in this chapter. Each county treasurer shall show on each tax receipt the amount of credit received from the homestead credit fund.
5. If the homestead tax credit computed under this section is less than sixty-two dollars and fifty cents, the amount of homestead tax credit on that eligible homestead shall be sixty-two dollars and fifty cents subject to the limitation imposed in this section.
6. The homestead tax credit allowed in this chapter shall not exceed the actual amount of taxes payable on the eligible homestead, exclusive of any special assessments levied against the homestead.
[C35, § 6943-f63, -f64; C39, § 6943.100, 6943.142; C46, § 422.69, 425.1; C50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 425.1; 82 Acts, ch 1186, § 2, 5]
83 Acts, ch 172, § 3; 86 Acts, ch 1244, § 50; 91 Acts, ch 97, §48
Referred to in § 25B.7, 216.12, 404.3, 425.16, 425.17, 425.23, 441.73
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