On May 4, 2023, Governor Reynolds signed House File 718, establishing a homestead tax exemption for claimants 65 years of age or older. In addition to the homestead tax credit, eligible claimants who own the home they live in and are 65 years of age or older on or before January 1 of the assessment year are now eligible for a homestead tax exemption. 

The Iowa Department of Revenue has amended the Homestead Tax Credit and Exemption (54-028) to allow claimants to apply for the new exemption. Applications are due July 1 to your local assessor. If the exemption is granted, the exemption will be allowed for future years without future filing as long as the claimant continues to qualify.


To qualify for the homestead credit, the property must be your primary residence that you live in six (6) months and one (1) day out of the year. You can only obtain the homestead credit on one property. The application deadline for the current assessment year is July 1st.

How to Complete the Form

No Printer Needed ~ File Electronically!

Use our Online Property Search and enter your address complete the application using the Homestead Tax Credit link at the bottom of the page. If the property was recently purchased, you may not apply until the property appears with your name as the Deed Holder. 


Submit a completed homestead application to:

  • E-Mail
  • Mail or Walk In:
    300 N Pine
    Creston IA 50801