Senior Citizen/Members of the National Guard and Reserves Tax Deferral and Exemption Information

The State of Colorado’s Property Tax deferral program provides funds to qualified applicants to pay property taxes on his/her primary residence. The program may be utilized for multiple years and may be used in conjunction with the Senior Homestead Exemption.

Applicant must be 65 years or older or is called into active military service on January 1 of the year the application is filed. Applications must be received by the Treasurer’s office by April 1, of each year. Interest rates vary yearly. The deferred taxes must be repaid when the primary residence is sold, the title is transferred to another person, the applicant dies or the residence becomes rental property.
Please contact the Douglas County Treasurer’s Office at 303.660.7455 for a Tax Deferral Application, or if you have any questions.

Property Tax Exemption is available to senior citizens, surviving spouses of senior citizens, and disabled veterans. For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 in actual value of their primary residence is exempted. The state pays the exempted portion of the property tax. Once approved, the exemption remains in effect for future years, and the applicant should not reapply. NOTE: the General Assembly may eliminate the funding for the Senior Citizen Exemption or Disabled Veteran Exemption in any year in which the budget does not allow for the reimbursement. Application requirements are as follows:

Senior Citizen: The exemption is available to applicants who: a)are at least 65 years of age as of January 1 of the year of application, b)owned their home for at least 10 years as of January 1, c) occupied it as their primary residence for at least 10 years as of January 1. Limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the qualifications section of the application. The senior citizen exemption is also available to surviving spouses of senior citizens who met the requirements on any January 1 after 2001. The applications deadline for 2014 is July 15. The application form is available from and must be submitted to the county Assessor.

Disabled Veteran: The exemption is available to applicants who a)sustained a service-connected disability while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, b) were honorably discharged, and c) were rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as one hundred percent “permanent and total” disabled. VA unemployability awards do not meet the requirement for determining an applicant’s eligibility. The applicant must have owned and occupied the home as his or her primary residence since January 1 of the year of application; however, limited exceptions to the ownership and occupancy requirements are detailed in the eligibility requirements section of the application. The application deadline for 2014 is July 1. Contact the Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs below for application forms and to submit your completed application:

Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Division of Veterans Affairs
1355 S. Colorado Blvd, Bldg C, Suite 113
Denver, CO 80222
Phone: 303-284-6077
Fax 303-284-3163
https://www.colorado.gov/dmva/