Homestead Declarations and
Property Tax Adjustments
INJURED SPOUSE CLAIMS
Does your spouse or civil union partner owe money to a VT state agency and you filed a joint property tax adjustment claim? The property tax adjustment may be used to pay the bill. If your spouse is responsible for the bill, and you are not, you need to file an "injured spouse" claim for your portion of the property tax adjustment. You may receive the portion of the property tax adjustment equal to your ownership percentage of the homestead.
To make an "injured spouse" claim, send in an envelope separate from your return
(1) the request letter;
(2) copy of Federal Form 8379 (if you filed one with the IRS);
(3) documentation of your ownership interest
VT Department of Taxes
ATTN: Injured Spouse Unit
PO Box 1645
Montpelier VT 05601-1645.
Electronic filers also send copies of statement of income such as W-2, 1099, etc.
The Department will notify you if the property tax adjustment will be used to pay a bill to the State of VT. You have 30 days from the date on the notice to submit the injured spouse claim to the Department.