Free event will offer shredding, info on property tax freezes and relief

The Office of Mayor Megan Barry is teaming up with Metropolitan Trustee Charlie Caldwell and AARP to inform senior citizens about property tax relief opportunities before the upcoming reassessment, as well as offer free shredding of documents.

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In 2007, Metro Nashville became the first jurisdiction in the state to establish a tax freeze program for qualifying homeowners, ages 65 or older. These programs allow owners that are income-qualified seniors and/or disabled veterans to receive property tax relief, or freeze their property taxes at the rate for the year they qualify, even if tax rates increase, furthering their ability to age in place

Applicants must bring the following items to enroll:

·         Proof of age – birth certificate, Medicare card, driver’s license, passport, etc.

·         Proof of ownership – current tax bill or receipt, recorded deed, etc.

·         Evidence property is principal residence – voter registration card, etc.

·         Proof of 2015 income for all owners of the property  with all attachments (including 1099 forms, retirement income, workers comp. income, wages, interest or dividends and other sources of income)

·         *If married, both parties are required in attendance

Annual income to qualify:

·         Tax Relief Limit: $29,180

·         Tax Freeze Limit: $41,660

The free shredding opportunity will allow seniors or other members of the public to protect themselves against identity theft by properly destroying documents with sensitive information. The event is first-come, first-served with a 3 box maximum. Participants will be able to drive their vehicles up the hill to the building to unload and shred documents. All are invited to attend.

WHO:                   Officials with the Office of Mayor Barry, Metropolitan Trustee’s Office, and AARP

WHAT:                                 Free Shredding Event and Property Tax Relief & Tax Freeze Sign-up

WHEN:                                 Saturday, November 19 from 9AM to 1PM

WHERE:               Fairgrounds Nashville, Wilson Hall, 500 Wedgewood Ave