Assessor: Credits and Exemptions

The following is a list of credits and exemptions administered by the Assessor's office. You must sign up for these credits and exemptions in our office. You do not sign up for them upon the close of escrow of your property. It is your responsibility as the property owner to sign up for these credits and exemptions in a timely manner as provided by Iowa Code.

IMPORTANT BUSINESS PROPERTY TAX CREDIT NOTICE

Owners of Commercial or Industrial Property who receive the Business Property Tax Credit are reminded that the law requires you to re-sign for the BPTC when all or part of a business property unit is sold or ownership otherwise changes. This includes any of several parcels that may comprise one business unit, or a single parcel that is its own unit. This also includes splits of properties (selling only part of the land), combinations of properties, or transfers between spouses, family members, corporation or business names, etc. Applications are available in the Assessor's Office.

Please call the Mahaska County Assessor's Office at 641-673-5805 if you have any questions.

Homestead Credit

(For those who both own and occupy their home in Mahaska County; refer to Iowa Code Chapter 427.) Deadline for filing is July 1st of every year; credits signed after July 1st are applied for the following year.

Military Credit

(For those who served in a qualifying time period. Refer to Iowa Code Chapter 427.) Deadline for filing is July 1st of every year; credits signed after July 1st are applied for the following year; credits signed after July 1st are applied for the following year.

Family Farm Tax Credit

(For those who own and operate their farms. Active farmers include the property owner's son/daughter, sister/brother, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, or grandparents. Refer to Iowa Code Chapter 427.) New applications must be filed every year by November 1st. The credit is good for subsequent years after initial sign-up.

Other Credits/Exemptions

Deadline for filing is February 1st of every year.
  • Forest reserve
  • Fruit tree reserve
  • Impoundment structure
  • Open prairie
  • Wetland
  • Native prairie
  • Forest cover
  • River and stream banks
  • Recreational lake
  • Disabled veteran's homestead credit
  • Pollution control (confinements w/ pits)
  • Wildlife habitat
These exemptions each have their own regulations per Iowa Code. Contact the Assessor's Office for more information. Not all applicants may qualify.