Homestead Exemption for Senior Citizens





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

Benefit Varies with Income

Benefit Varies with Property Value

Benefit Type

Circuit Breaker


The benefit is a full or partial exemption of taxable value of the homestead, depending on income. The maximum exemption is $40,000 if it is greater than the lesser of the actual value or 80% of the average single family residential property in the particular county. The percent of exemption is determined by 6 brackets with relief equal to 100% exemption of value for those with income below $26,251 (married) or $22,401 (single). The top bracket exempts 25% of value for those with income of $31,851 but less than $33,251 (married) and $27,051 but less than $28,201 (single). All income requirements are adjusted annually.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Exemption from assessed value

Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

Only residential property is eligible for this relief.

Eligibility Criteria



Income Ceiling

Principal Residence

Property Value Limit

Description of Eligibility Criteria

The eligible value of the homestead considered for relief will be reduced by 10% for every $2,500 in excess of either $95,000 or 150% of the average assessed value of single family residential property in the particular county, whichever is greater. Eligible claimants must be 65 years old or older and the owners of record of the homestead between January 1 and August 15. Income cannot exceed $33,251 (married) and $28,201 (single).

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government is unable to exercise an option

Local Option Regarding Program Features

No local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

State reimburses all of the local government tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

State reimburses counties and other governmental subdivisions for taxes lost.

Record ID



All income requirements are adjusted annually since 2000 for inflation using the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers. Household income means the total federal adjusted gross income (agi) plus and Nebraska adjustments including railroad or retirement benefits to the extent excluded from in the computation of the agi.


Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-3501 ~ § 77-3507 (in effect for 2006); Neb. Rev. Stat. § 77-3510 ~ § 77-3524 (in effect for 2006)

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