What happens if I provide false information?

By signing the Homestead Application, you authorize the Auditor to examine any records relating to your age. You also affirm, under penalty of perjury, that you did not acquire the home from another person (not your spouse, or a relative) for the purpose of qualifying for the Homestead Exemption. Ohio law provides that anyone who makes a false statement for purposes of obtaining a Homestead Exemption, or failing to report any changes in ownership or disability or other relevant information on a timely basis, is guilty of a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Individuals convicted of such a misdemeanor are ineligible to receive the Homestead Exemption for the three years following the conviction and must pay any improperly exempted tax, plus interest.

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1. Who is eligible for the Homestead Exemption?
2. What is the definition of "permanently and totally disabled"?
3. Are there other requirements for the Homestead Exemption?
4. When can I apply?
5. Does the Homestead Exemption have an effect on the other real estate tax reductions?
6. Can the surviving spouse of a deceased person qualify?
7. What happens if I provide false information?
8. How much of a reduction will I get?
9. Will I still have taxes to pay?