Homestead fraud is a growing trend that has the potential for significant penalties and is causing higher tax bills for everyone. Individuals and married couples are limited to ONE homestead deduction per homestead. The state of Indiana has passed legislation allowing the county Auditor to back tax and add a penalty for those property owners deemed ineligible.
Homestead deductions are not automatically removed when a taxpayer files a deduction on another property. It is the homeowners' responsibility to provide a written, certified statement to the Auditor's office within 60 days of the date of the change.
You can file the form in person or by mail to Porter County Auditor, 155 Indiana Ave., Suite 204, Valparaiso IN 46383.