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While Indiana real property owners have until the end of the year to file for property tax deductions, Switzerland County auditor Rachel Schuler is urging individuals to file as soon as possible.

“With the holiday season and winter weather approaching, property owners should file deduction applications as soon as they are able,” Rachel Schuler said. “We don’t want anyone to miss out on a deduction because they missed the application deadline.”

Deduction applications must be completed and dated by December 31st, 2009 and filed with in the Switzerland County auditor’s office on or before January 5th, 2010 for the taxpayer to receive the eligible deductions on 2010 property tax bills.

Deduction applications are available at the county auditor’s office or may be downloaded from the Department of Local Government Finance website: http://www.in.gov/dlgf/2344.htm.

In addition to meeting all other eligibility requirements for the desired deductions, the applicant for the deduction must own or be buying the property under contract on the date the application is filed in order to receive the deduction.

Persons filing for deductions on annually assessed mobile homes still are required to apply for the deduction during the 12 months before March 31st of each year.

For more information, please visit the Department of Local Government Finance’s Property Tax Deductions website: http://www.in.gov/dlgf/2344.htm.

Specific questions about property tax deduction eligibility should be directed to the county auditor. The auditor’s office is located in the Switzerland County Courthouse, 212 West Main Street in Vevay. Call 427-3302 or 427-4470 for more information and questions.