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Homeowners and renters are missing out on millions of dollars in tax relief.  Use the resources below to learn more.

Wisconsin Program Overview

Property Tax-Aide features four property tax relief programs in Wisconsin, one of which is for senior homeowners. They are the Homestead Credit, School Property Tax Credit for Renters and Homeowners, Property Tax Deferral Loan Program (for seniors), and the Lottery and Gaming Credit.

Homestead Credit

The Homestead Tax Credit directs property tax relief to low-income homeowners and renters. Relief is provided as a refundable credit which reduces individual income tax liability or provides a cash refund if the credit exceeds the liability.

The amount of the credit received by claimants depends on the interaction of household income and allowable property taxes or rent. The homestead credit formula includes the income threshold, the maximum income level and the maximum property taxes or rent constituting property taxes.

For renters, property taxes are considered 20% of rent if heat is included and 25% if heat is not included


Only residential property and up to one acre of surrounding land is eligible for this program.
  • If a homestead is part of a farm, up to 120 acres are eligible.
The claimant must be a homeowner or renter when filing the claim and must have resided in Wisconsin for the previous whole prior year when filing the claim.
  • The maximum income is $24,680. Household income is broadly defined to reflect most cash resources available to claimants. Income Includes all income that is taxable for Wisconsin income tax purposes and include those sources that are only partially taxable in Wisconsin and certain items that are excluded from taxation, such as social security benefits.
The claimant or claimant’s spouse must either:
  • be 62 years of age or older by the last day of the year before the claim is filed, or
  • be disabled; or
  • have earned income during the year.
The claimant must be over 18 years of age but not claimed as a dependent during the year to which the claim relates, unless the claimant is 62

Application Deadline

  • The Homestead Credit is filed as part of the Wisconsin Income Tax return. The 2022 income tax return is due April 18, 2023. The return can be filed electronically.
  • Homestead credit claims can be filed up to five years after the filing year. The 2022 claim must be filed by April 15, 2027.
  • Qualified applicants can file for years prior to 2022, going back to 2019. For example, for claim year 2019, applicants have until April 15, 2024 to file a Homestead Credit application.

Required Documentation

  • Your federal income tax return
  • Wisconsin Income Tax Form 1
  • Wisconsin Schedule H (Application for Homestead Credit)
  • Rent certificate or property tax bill
  • All other applicable income tax filing documents.

Contact Details

For more information and resources, please visit the official Homestead Credit webpage

Email your questions or comments to [email protected]

Contact the Customer Service Bureau at (608) 266-2486

School Property Tax Credit for Renters and Homeowners

The benefit for this non-refundable income tax credit is 12% of the first $2,500 of property taxes or rent paid. For singles and married people filing jointly the maximum credit is $300. For heads of households and married persons filing separately, the maximum credit is $150.

For renters, property taxes are considered 20% of rent if heat is included and 25% if heat is not included.


  • Eligible property is the primary residence of a Wisconsin resident who files a state income tax return.
  • Since this is a non-refundable credit, the taxpayer must file state income tax returns and must have state income tax liability.

Application Deadline

April 18, 2023

Required Documentation

  • Wisconsin Income Tax Form 1
  • All other applicable income tax filing documents.

Contact Details

For more information:

School Levy Tax Credit webpage

Property Tax Deferral Loan Program

The Wisconsin property tax deferral loan program, administered by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), allows low-income elderly homeowners and veterans to convert home equity into cash to pay property taxes.

Loans may be used to pay all or a portion of current property taxes and special assessments due and may include any interest or penalties on delinquent property taxes. The maximum annual loan to an individual borrower is $3,525.

The principal and interest due for tax deferral loans do not have to be repaid until the ownership of the property transfers or the loan recipient no longer lives in the home. Upon transfer of ownership of the property, or when the participant ceases to live in the residence, the total loan, with interest, is repaid from the proceeds of the estate or sale of the property.


Only residential property is eligible for this program and up to 1 acre of surrounding land.
  • Mobile homes are not eligible.
The homeowner must be at least 65 or a qualifying veteran. If qualifying by age, any co-owner must be at least 60 years of age.
The applicant must have, during the preceding year, lived in the home for at least 6 month.
  • Temporary residency in a health care facility may be substituted for any portion of this 6-month residency.
The applicant must have had a total household income at or below $20,000.
  • Household income includes the sources for the homestead tax credit, and includes all income that is taxable for Wisconsin income tax purposes, plus nontaxable income such as Social Security, supplemental security income, and pensions.
The amount of outstanding liens and judgments on a dwelling may not exceed 50% of the value of the dwelling, including property tax deferral and housing rehabilitation loans. Additionally, total outstanding liens, judgments, mortgages and delinquent property taxes may not exceed 33% of the value of the housing unit, as determined by the most recent property tax assessment.
The applicant must have fire and extended casualty insurance coverage on the home and permit WHEDA to be named as a lienholder on the policy.

Application Deadline

Applications for property tax deferral loans must be filed with WHEDA by June 30 of the year in which the taxes are due.

Required Documentation

  • All applicants must pay a $75 title search fee each year a loan application is submitted, and a $30 fee at the time of their first application for recording the loan with registers of deeds.

Contact Details

For more information:

Info Sheet: Property Tax Deferral Loan Program

For questions and for those interested in applying for property tax deferral loan should contact the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority at 1-800-755-7835

Lottery and Gaming Credit

The program provides a direct property tax relief to qualifying taxpayers on their property tax bills. The lottery credit is displayed on the tax bills as a reduction of property taxes due.

The credit is funded by revenues from the state lottery. Based on available funds and an estimated number of properties qualifying for the credit, the state Department of Revenue determines a maximum credit value. The credit amount for each qualifying property is calculated by multiplying the maximum credit value (or the actual value of the property if that value is less) by the applicable school tax rate.

For homeowners, the credit is equal to the school tax rate multiplied by the annually determined credit base amount


Applicant must own and occupy the property as the principal residences as of January 1, 2023.
  • Principal residence that is a mobile home subject to a municipal monthly parking fee which is equivalent to a property tax are also eligible for the credit.

Application Deadline

  • The claim for 2023 property tax, payable in 2024 is due January 31, 2024.
  • Late Deadline: October 1, 2024
  • Claim the credit by applying to the municipal treasurer where the property is located, by January 31, after you receive your property tax bill. The treasurer will calculate the credit amount you should receive and either credits your tax bill, or if you already paid the taxes, refunds the credit to you.

Required Documentation

  • Wisconsin Income Tax Form 1 and all other applicable income tax filing documents
  • Copy of 2023 property tax bill
  • Application or Late Application for Lottery and Gaming Credit (if applicable)

Contact Details

For more information:
Wisconsin Lottery and Gaming Credit Program webpage

Contact your county treasurer

Property Tax-Aide has independently selected the property tax relief programs featured on this website that we think are the most relevant and beneficial to older adults. It is not an exhaustive list of all property tax relief programs available in each state. Please consult your local tax agency for a comprehensive listing of property tax relief programs in your area.

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