Senior or Blind Homestead Exemption





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

No Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type



Eligible individuals are 100% exempt from state ad valorem taxes on no more than 160 acres. The size of the county exemption for those over 65 is dependent on the income. If an applicant's income claimed on the combined federal tax return is less than $12,000, there is no limit on the exemption and also applies to school. Applicants with income on the state tax return of no more than $12,000, the county and school tax exemption is limited to no more than $5,000 of assessed value. For those above the income limit, the exemption is $2,000, for county taxes only. At local option, counties, municipalities or other taxing authorities, the exemption may be increased up to $4,000. At local option, an additional exemption of up to $2,000 in assessed value may be available up to $4,000 assessed value. For blind applicants, regardless of age or income level, the exemption is limited to $5,000 and applies to school district taxes as well as county taxes.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Exemption from assessed value

Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

Residential property that does not exceed 160 acres is eligible for this program.

Eligibility Criteria




Income Ceiling

Principal Residence

Description of Eligibility Criteria

Eligible individuals are state residents who are blind or over 65 years of age. For elderly residence, income exceeding $12,000 on the federal tax return disqualifies them from the full benefit on their county taxes. If they have income exceeding $12,000 on their state income tax return, they are disqualified from receiving school district tax benefits. There is no age or income limitation for blind residents. All exemptions are limited to no more than 160 acres.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government is unable to exercise an option

Local Option Regarding Program Features

Local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

State and local government share the local tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

The state covers the cost of the exemption from state property taxes.

Record ID



With respect to the county exemption, if homesteads are situated in more than one county, the exemption will be prorated between the counties in the proportion that the area of the homestead in each county bears to the total are of the homestead claimed for exemption. No county exemption granted can prevent the payment of any bonded indebtedness secured by any tax to which the homestead exemption would apply. Income is defined as the Adjusted Gross Income that is calculated on the federal income tax. If married, income is the sum of the adjusted gross incomes of the applicant and their spouse.


Ala. Code § 40-9-19;
Ala. Code § 40-9-21 (in effect for 2020)
Alabama Homestead Comparison Chart (May 2013)
[ Accessed on 10/25/2021]
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