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For these exclusions, the qualifying homeowner may submit an application by mail to:
Gaston County Tax DepartmentAttn: HomesteadP.O. Box 1578Gastonia, NC 28053
Or in person at the Tax Department. For further information, please call 704-866-3158, ext. 6.
You must furnish a certification (Application for Property Tax Relief - AV9 Certification of Disability (PDF)) that you are totally and permanently disabled. This certification must be signed by a licensed physician. NOTE: A physician’s assistant signature will not be sufficient. The agency must have the proper authority to determine qualifications for disability benefits. If you or your spouse are over 65 years old, you do not need to submit a certification of disability.
Until a disqualifying event occurs, the deferred taxes will not become due. Since incomes can vary from year-to-year, it is possible that you may qualify one year, but not the next, and then re-qualify in a subsequent year.
Income is defined as all moneys received from every source other than gifts or inheritance from a spouse, lineal ancestor, or lineal descendant. Income includes money received from social security, disability, retirement and rental income. The income limit may be found on the current year’s application. This threshold is adjusted annually for cost-of-living.