REVENUE AND TAXATION
PROPERTY TAX RELIEF
63-703. Procedure for filing claims. (1) Any claim filed shall be signed by the claimant or by any person or entity described in section 63-711(3), Idaho Code. By signing such claim, the claimant or other person or entity signing such claim shall attest to the truth of such claim, and shall be subject to the penalties provided by section 18-5401, Idaho Code, for stating as true any material fact known to be false. All claims shall be made on forms prescribed by the state tax commission and shall be in triplicate. One (1) copy of the form shall be provided to the claimant or the person or entity acting on behalf of the claimant, one (1) copy shall be kept for all county purposes, and one (1) copy shall be forwarded to the state tax commission with the property tax reduction roll. Except as provided in section 63-707, Idaho Code, the claim and its documentation shall not be deemed to be public records and may not be used for any commercial purpose; provided however, the state tax commission and the county assessor may use the contents of such claims and documentation for general statistical analysis and may publish such analysis, or any part of such analysis, as appropriate.
(2) By filing a claim, a claimant does not relinquish any right he or any member of his household may have to apply for a cancellation of property taxes pursuant to section 63-711, Idaho Code. The county commissioners may grant any such claimant, or any member of his household, a cancellation of property taxes, late charges and interest under such section, if a claim has been filed under the provisions of sections 63-701 through 63-710, Idaho Code.
(3) If two (2) or more individuals of a household are able to meet the qualifications of a claimant, they may decide between themselves who may obtain a reduction in property taxes under the provisions of sections 63-701 through 63-710, Idaho Code, and shall certify such division in writing to the county assessor in such form as the county assessor shall require, but if they do not decide between themselves, then the reduction shall be divided equally among or between the claimants in the household or shall be divided as determined under section 63-701(7), Idaho Code, whichever is appropriate.
(4) When an "owner" is any person who is the beneficiary of a revocable or irrevocable trust, or is a partner of a limited partnership, or member of a limited liability company, or shareholder of a corporation, if such entity holds title in fee simple or holds a certificate of motor vehicle title, and if said person holds at least a five percent (5%) ownership in such entity, he or she, or any person or entity described in section 63-711(3), Idaho Code, may provide proof of the foregoing as follows:
(a) If the owner of the homestead is a revocable or irrevocable trust, by an affidavit stating:
(i) That the claimant or the claimant’s spouse, is a beneficiary of the trust; and
(ii) That the claimant, or the claimant’s spouse, is the occupier of the residential property and uses the property as the primary dwelling place of the occupier as of January 1 or before April 15.
The affidavit shall include the attaching of copies of those portions of the trust which set forth the status of the claimant or the claimant’s spouse as beneficiary and which contain the signature page or pages of the trust.
(b) If the owner is a limited partnership, limited liability company, or corporation, by an affidavit stating the entity holds title in fee simple or holds a certificate of motor vehicle title, and if said person holds at least a five percent (5%) ownership in such entity. The affidavit shall include the attaching of:
(i) Proof of the current status of the entity owning the property, including statements from the secretary of state as to such status if appropriate;
(ii) Copies of any documents, or portions thereof, relating to the entity including, but not limited to, those portions of the articles of organization or operating agreements of the entity indicating the person’s membership or ownership in the entity and the membership or ownership percentage held by such person; and
(iii) Copies of any contracts or other agreements between the entity and the claimant or the claimant’s spouse including, but not limited to, any portions thereof that show the right of occupancy of the homestead by the person.
(c) Any other documentation which the county assessor determines would aid the county assessor in carrying out the provisions of this chapter.
[63-703, added 1996, ch. 98, sec. 8, p. 364; am. 1997, ch. 117, sec. 25, p. 325; am. 2001, ch. 69, sec. 4, p. 135; am. 2004, ch. 156, sec. 4, p. 501.]