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Purdue Cooperative Extension Service On Local Government Indiana Property Tax Reform, 2008: Budgets, LOITs and Circuit Breaker Credits. Larry DeBoer Purdue University June 26, 2008. Circuit Breakers. Tax Bill Limits by 2009 Homesteads: 1.5% of Gross Assessed Value

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Purdue Cooperative Extension ServiceOn Local GovernmentIndiana Property Tax Reform, 2008:Budgets, LOITs and Circuit Breaker Credits

Larry DeBoer

Purdue University

June 26, 2008

circuit breakers
Circuit Breakers

Tax Bill Limits by 2009

Homesteads: 1.5% of Gross Assessed Value

Other Residential, Farm Land: 2.5% of Gross Assessed Value

Other Real and Personal Property: 3.5% of Gross Assessed Value

If your house has an assessed value of $120,000 before deductions, you cannot pay a tax bill of more than $1,800

circuit breakers1
Circuit Breakers

Tax Bill Limits by 2010

Homesteads: 1% of Gross Assessed Value

Other Residential, Farm Land: 2% of Gross Assessed Value

Other Real and Personal Property: 3% of Gross Assessed Value

If your house has an assessed value of $120,000 before deductions, you cannot pay a tax bill of more than $1,200

circuit breaker revenue losses
Circuit Breaker Revenue Losses

Circuit Breaker credits for taxpayers are revenue losses for local governments

Estimated Losses:

2008 $4 million, a small fraction of budgets

2009 $229 million, 2% of budgets

2010 $524 million, 5% of budgets

a homeowner s tax bill tax rate circuit breaker and tax bill
A Homeowner’s Tax Bill:Tax Rate, Circuit Breaker and Tax Bill

If tax rate is 2.00, not 3.00, net tax bill before circuit breaker credit is $915. That’s less than the circuit breaker limit, so credit is zero.

a homeowner s tax bill collections and losses for local governments
A Homeowner’s Tax Bill: Collections and Losses for Local Governments

Homestead with Gross AV of $120,000, Net AV of $45,750, with no state or local credits.

some consequences of circuit breakers for local government policy
Some Consequences of Circuit Breakers for Local Government Policy
  • Interdependent budgets
  • Annexation
  • Bond issues
  • Changes in Assessed Values
  • Assessment Practice
hea 1001 section 148 county council review of civil government budgets
HEA 1001, Section 148: County Council Review of Civil Government Budgets

Each civil taxing unit shall file with the county council its proposed tax rate, tax levy and proposed budget at least fifteen (15) days before budgets are adopted.

Council shall review the proposed rates, levies and budgets, comparing them to each other and to county and Indiana income. Council shall make a nonbinding recommendation about these tax and budget proposals.

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HEA 1001, Section 148: County Council Review of Civil Government Budgets

Potential role in budget process:

Estimate circuit breaker credits at the proposed tax rates.

circuit breaker estimation a 12 step program
Circuit Breaker Estimation: A 12-Step Program
  • Acquire gross assessed value and deduction data.
  • Subtract deductions from gross assessed value.
  • Calculate tax district and unit net assessed values.
  • Acquire the proposed tax levies by unit and fund.
circuit breaker estimation a 12 step program1
Circuit Breaker Estimation: A 12-Step Program
  • Calculate unit-fund tax rates
  • Calculate tax district tax rates.
  • Calculate parcel gross tax bills (before state and local credits, if any).
  • Calculate parcel credits and net tax bills, before circuit breaker credits.
  • Calculate the circuit breaker tax bill limits.
circuit breaker estimation a 12 step program2
Circuit Breaker Estimation: A 12-Step Program
  • Estimate the circuit breaker credits by parcel.
  • Estimate the circuit breaker credits by tax district.
  • Estimate the circuit breaker credits by unit and fund.
clues to circuit breaker credits from tax rates
Clues to Circuit Breaker Credits from Tax Rates
  • Net Tax Rate: the rate, multiplied by net assessed value, that yields the tax bill that the taxpayer actually pays, after credits.
  • Calculate prior to circuit breaker credit

Gross Rate x (1 – State Homestead Credit rate) x (1 – the sum of Local Credit rates)

a homeowner s tax bill net tax rate before circuit breaker credits
A Homeowner’s Tax Bill:Net Tax Rate before Circuit Breaker Credits

With no credits, the net rate = the gross rate, $3.00 per $100 AV

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A Homeowner’s Tax Bill:Net Tax Rate before Circuit Breaker Credits

At what rate will circuit breaker credits drop to zero?

At the 1% limit, for this homeowner, at $2.62 / $100 AV

test with fayette county data
Test with Fayette County Data
  • Only tax districts with the highest rates had significant circuit breaker losses
  • In 2009
    • For 1.5% CB category, rates above $2.59
    • For 2.5% CB category, rates above $2.84
    • For 3.5% CB category, rates above $4.30
  • In 2010
    • For 1% CB category, rates above $2.82
    • For 2% CB category, rates above $2.35
    • For 3% CB category, rates above $3.48
local option income taxes
Local Option Income Taxes
  • Created in 2007
  • 14 Counties adopted
  • Three types:
    • Levy freeze for civil government operating funds
    • Property tax relief
    • Public safety
local option income taxes1
Local Option Income Taxes
  • HEA 1001 made some minor changes
    • Have until December 31, 2008 to adopt for 2009
    • Must adopt only one property tax relief LOIT to adopt public safety LOIT (not both)
    • Must hold hearings, defend decision to distribute LOIT to taxpayers other than homeowners
local option income taxes2
Local Option Income Taxes
  • For property tax relief
  • Up to 1%
  • Tax relief distributed to
    • Homeowners only
    • Homeowners and rental housing owners
    • All property owners
    • Any combination of these three
local option income taxes3
Local Option Income Taxes
  • What you might consider
    • Will the income tax provide the same revenue as the property tax?
    • Will income tax revenues be less stable or predictable than property tax revenues?
    • Which taxpayers pay more, which pay less if income taxes rise and property taxes fall?
local option income taxes4
Local Option Income Taxes
  • What you might consider
    • Will circuit breaker revenue losses be reduced?
    • Will taxpayers see a large property tax increase in 2009?
a homeowner s tax bill effect of loit on circuit breaker credit
A Homeowner’s Tax Bill:Effect of LOIT on Circuit Breaker Credit

Net tax reduction for homeowner: $514

LOIT revenue gain for local units: $687

Net revenue gain for local units: $173

the tax echo big increases in homeowner taxes in 2009 in some counties
The “Tax Echo”: Big Increases in Homeowner Taxes in 2009, in Some Counties
  • Because tax relief is delivered through tax credits in 2008, tax deductions and levy takeovers in 2009
  • Counties that are treated more generously in 2008, less generously in 2009, will see homeowner tax hikes in 2009
  • Homeowner taxes will still be lower than they were in 2007
  • Adopting a local income tax for 2009 could offset this tax echo
local government website
Local Government Website

For more information

www.agecon.purdue.edu/crd/LocalGov