Special Assessment Level





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

No Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type

Assessment Freeze


Assessed value remains fixed at the value of the property the first year that the owner qualifies for and receives the special assessment level.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Exemption from assessed value

Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

Eligible property includes the bona fide homestead, consisting of one or more tracts of land not exceeding 160 acres, owned and occupied by any person or persons owning the property. The same homestead exemption shall also apply fully to the primary residence, including a mobile home.

Eligibility Criteria




Income Ceiling

Principal Residence


Other Criteria

Description of Eligibility Criteria

The applicant's prior year federal adjusted gross income must not exceed $100,000. If the value of the property increases more than 25% because of construction or reconstruction, it no longer qualifies for the special assessment level. The applicant must be receiving the homestead exemption and be one of the following: (1) 65 years of age or older; (2) a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 50% or more by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; (3) a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Louisiana National Guard who owned and last occupied such property and was killed in action, is missing in action, or is a prisoner of war for a period exceeding 90 days; or (4) a person with a total and permanent disability as determined by a final, non-appealable judgment of a court or as certified by a state or federal administrative agency with responsibility to make such determinations. Surviving spouses may qualify for special assessment if they remain the owner of the property. Surviving spouses of those who qualified as due to age must be 55 or older or have minor children. For those who qualified due to having a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse must be 45 or older.

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

Local government covers all of its tax loss

Record ID



Application forms are available at a parish assessor's office. Any owner entitled to the special assessment who is unable to occupy the homestead due to damage or destruction caused by a disaster or emergency declared by the governor shall be entitled to keep the special assessment level prior to its damage or destruction on the repaired or rebuilt homestead, provided the repaired or rebuilt homestead is reoccupied by the owner within 5 years following the disaster. If the property owner receives a homestead exemption on another homestead during the same 5-year period, the damaged or destroyed property shall not be entitled to keep the special assessment level and the land and buildings shall be assessed in that year at the percentage of fair market value. In addition, the owner must also maintain the homestead exemption to qualify for the special assessment level. Under certain conditions, extensions of up to two additional years to the "return and reoccupy" provision may be granted and up to 3 one-year extensions after that.


La. Admin. Code tit. 61, pt. 5, § 101 (in effect 2022)
Source Constitution: 
La. Const. Art. VII, §18 (G)
Louisiana House of Representatives - House Fiscal Division, Louisiana Property Tax Basics (2017)
[http://house.louisiana.gov/housefiscal/DOCS_TAXREV/2014_Louisiana%20Property%20Tax%20Basics.pdf Accessed 12/29/2023]
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Louisiana, Bossier Parish, Assessor, Louisiana Special Assessment Level
[https://bossierparishassessor.org/la-special-assessment-level/ Accessed 11/17/2023]
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