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Dane County Treasurer Urges Homeowners to Sign Up for the Lottery Credit

For more information contact:

David Worzala, 266-4151 Dane County Treasurer
Email: treasurer@co.dane.wi.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/11/2009

Issued By: Treasurer
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The Dane County Treasurer, David Worzala, encourages property owners to make sure they are signed up for the State lottery credit for 2009 property tax bills by Thanksgiving.  Lottery credit eligibility is set by the State and requires that the property be the owner’s primary residence as of January 1, 2009 and that a signed lottery form is submitted.

While the vast majority of eligible property owners have already signed up, the Treasurer’s Office has identified almost 14,000 properties that may be eligible but are missing out.  In Dane County, the 2009 state lottery credit is estimated to be between $60-$100 depending on the school district you live in.  At last years statewide average of $77, if all of these properties claimed the credit, the amount property owners could save would be over $1 million next year.  Once signed up for the lottery credit, the savings continues as long as a resident continues to qualify.

To help property owners who are currently not claiming the lottery credit, the Treasurer’s office has developed an easy four-step process to claim the credit.  Property owners should go to the Dane County web page countyofdane.com, click the 2009 Lottery Credit Check icon on the home page and follow the four simple steps to see if they are eligible and claim the lottery credit.

“Checking for your lottery credit is easy and can save you money if you are eligible but do not currently claim the credit.  If the 14,000 Dane County properties we identified are eligible, that equates to over one million dollars of property tax relief for Dane County residents” advises Dane County Treasurer David Worzala.   “And once signed up, this savings continues year after year as long as you qualify.”

The Dane County Treasurer must receive the signed form before Thanksgiving to be included on the 2009 tax bills. If not received before that date, eligible property owners may still claim the 2009 lottery credit when they pay their first property tax installment to their city, town, or village Treasurer.  However, sending a signed form to the Dane County Treasurer before Thanksgiving is easier and ensures that you get the credit on the original property tax bill.

Background on the lottery credit:

The current form of the lottery credit began in 1999.  Over 105,000 Dane County property owners are already claiming the credit.  Dane County resident lottery credit claims for tax year 2008 totaled $9.4 million in property tax relief.

Additional information about the lottery credit can be found at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue website at http://www.revenue.wi.gov/faqs/slf/lottcr.html and at the Legislative Fiscal Bureau website at http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lfb/Informationalpapers/21_state property tax credits.pdf

Property owners with questions should call the Dane County Treasurer’s Office at 266-4151.
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