Walker County Revenue Commissioner Jerry Guthrie said any person currently receiving an over age 65 exemption or a permanent and total disability exemption must recertify in person at the Walker County Courthouse by Friday, Dec. 28 at 4 p.m. to continue those exemptions.
The courthouse will be closed Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 due to Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Guthrie said there are approximately 2,000 Walker County residents who have not recertified for their tax exemption claims. Under the new law, exemptions for 2013 will be based on total taxable income of both husband and wife of $12,000 or less. Guthrie said a person does not necessarily remain eligible just because of age and/or total disability.
“Some people are of the opinion they may no longer qualify under the new law to be totally exempt and just aren’t coming in at all,” Guthrie said. “If they don’t recertify at all, then they are going to lose any other exemptions they could possibly be eligible for.”
Guthrie added that nothing will change for the 2012 taxes. However, without recertifying a person will lose their exemptions for the 2013 tax year.
Any person physically unable to personally appear in person can designate someone to re-apply on their behalf, Guthrie said. Residents must have all required paperwork to qualify and bring their 2011 federal income tax return for review.
For questions on the process, contact the revenue commissioner’s office at 205-384-7265, 205-384-7266 or 205-384-7295. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except holidays.