Seniors can now apply for Tax Freeze program

The Tax Freeze program is now available to seniors in Davidson County.

This will ensure that Nashville’s seniors will be able to ‘age-in-place’—and with rising home values, Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County is trying to do everything possible to make sure seniors are aware of this opportunity.

The tax freeze program was approved by Tennessee voters in a November, 2006 constitutional amendment referendum. The Tax Freeze Act of 2007 permits local governments to implement the program, and Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County became the first jurisdiction in the state to establish a tax freeze program.

Under the program, qualifying homeowners age 65 and older can ‘freeze’ the taxes due on their property at the amount for the year they qualify, even if tax rates increase. Applicants must present:
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 their principal residence, e.g., voter registration card, etc.

Furthermore, income records must be provided showing the total income of all owners of the property during 2015 does not exceed $41,660 for Davidson County. Income records include Federal tax returns or other items acceptable to the Trustee. All applicants must sign an income verification form permitting the Trustee to contact the IRS, the SSA or the State Division of Property Assessment to verify income. The application is a public record, but the financial documents remain confidential.

Applications for the Tax Freeze must be filed by April 5 each year. New applicants must come to the office located at 700 Second Avenue South, Suite 220, Nashville, Tenn. 37210. No appointment is required.

Bring the required documents to the Office of the Trustee and arrive by 3 pm.

If you need additional information concerning the program, feel free to call with any questions at 615-862-6330.