Assessor warns don't lose your tax affidavit
Beginning next year with the mailing of Yavapai County Notices of Value, county property owners will also receive an affidavit, which must be filled out under penalty or perjury, attesting to whether or not a particular residential property is their primary residence or not.
The affidavits, which are required under a new state statute, can be expected in the mail sometime around the end of January or first of February 2012.
Under state law, primary residences, the ones that are owner occupied, receive a credit for state aid to education taxes. Non-primary residences and rental properties are assessed the tax.
According to Yavapai County Assessor Pam Pearsall, a home in Yavapai County valued at $235,000, that is owner occupied, receives a tax credit of about $300.
"The notices will show how we have the property classified. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that information is correct, by signing the affidavit," says Pearsall, 'If we don't receive the signed affidavit within the allotted time, the property will default to class 4 and the tax credit will go away."