April 15 is the filing deadline for two property tax deferral programs: the Disabled Citizen Property Tax Deferral Program and the Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral Program.

According to Bram Ekstrand, Oregon Department of Revenue's deferral program manager, both deferral programs allow qualified (low income) taxpayers to defer payment of their property taxes.The state pays the taxes to the county, maintains the account, and charges 6-percent simple interest, which is also deferred, he said.

The state places a lien on the property which is paid when the taxpayer sells the property, permanently moves off the property or if the property changes ownership. A surviving spouse may continue on the deferral program if they qualify.

To qualify for either program, the property must be the taxpayer's main residence.

They must have a deed or recorded sales contract. Annual household income must be less than $39,000 for the year before they apply. Participants may stay on either program as long as their federal adjusted gross income is not more than $39,000.

Applications and information are available at your county assessor's office or the Department of Revenue's website, (www.oregon.gov/DOR/SCD). You may also call 1-800-356-4222 (toll-free from an Oregon prefix); 503-378-4988 (Salem and outside Oregon); or e-mail, (questions.dor@state.or.us).

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