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Tulare County

Office of the Assessor/Clerk-Recorder

Homeowners' Exemption

There is no charge for filing for the Homeowners’ Exemption. New property owners will automatically receive an exemption application in the mail.

  • If you own and occupy your home as your principal place of residence, you may be eligible for an exemption of up to $7,000 off the property’s assessed value, resulting in a property tax savings of approximately $70 to $80 annually.

  • In order to qualify, you must be a property owner, co-owner or a purchaser named in a contract of sale.  You must occupy your home as your principal place of residence as January 1 of each year.

  • A dwelling does not qualify for the exemption if it is, or is intended to be, rented, vacant and unoccupied, or the vacation or secondary home of the claimant.

  • For the year in which you occupy the dwelling on lien date (January 1), the full exemption is available if you file by 5:00 p.m. on the following February 15.

  • If you file a claim between the following February 16 and 5:00 p.m. on December 10, 80% of the exemption is available.

  • The homeowners’ exemption may be applied to a supplemental assessment.