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Wetzel County Commission
200 Main Street
New Martinsville, WV 26155

Commissioner's Office:
304-455-8217

County Clerk's Office:
304-455-8224

Assessor's Office:
304-455-8216

Circuit Clerk:
304-455-8234

Sheriff's Office:
304-455-2430

Tax Office:
304-455-8218

Prosecuting Attorney:
304-455-0172

E-911, Emergency Management, Floodplain Management and 911 Addressing:
304-455-6960

County Assessor - Exemptions

If you are 65 years of age or older, or if you are permanently and totally disabled, you may be eligible for the Homestead Property Tax Exemption. If approved, $20,000 will be deducted from the assessed value of the home used as your primary residence. To claim this exemption, you must file the application with the Assessor's Office between July 1 and December 1.

A Senior Citizens Tax Credit is also available for eligible senior citizens. It is based on the amount of property taxes paid on the first $20,000 of the taxable assessed value over the $20,000 Homestead Exemption. If for example, the assessed value of your home is $35,000, the Homestead Exemption automatically exempts $20,000 from the payment of property taxes, which is shown on your annual property tax bill.

The additional $15,000 is then eligible for the Senior Citizens Tax Credit. You must first pay the property tax due, but after filing the proper forms with the State Tax Department, the amount paid is credited to any State Income Tax owed. If no state income tax is owed, the homeowner will receive a refund check from the State Tax Department.

There are low income guidelines associated with the Senior Citizen Tax Credit, although Social Security benefits are not included in the income limits. To claim the credit, a one-person household must have income less than $16,335. A two-person household must have income less than $22,065.