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Tax Relief / Tax Freeze

Tax Relief

The Knox County Trustee's Office administers a state funded Property Tax Relief Program to assist elderly, disabled, and disabled veteran homeowners. For applicants who qualify, the State of Tennessee will pay or reimburse a portion of their property taxes for their primary residence.

Tax Relief for Elderly & Disabled Homeowners up to $145.00

You must be 65 or older or have been rated totally and permanently disabled by Social Security Administration or other qualified agency on or before December 31, 2014. Your combined 2013 annual income for you, your spouse and all other owners of the property cannot exceed $28,270.

Tax Relief for Disabled Veteran & Widow(er) of a Disabled Veteran up to $1015.00

You or your spouse must meet one of the following categories:

  • A service-connected disability that resulted in:
    • Paraplegia; OR
    • Permanent paralysis of both legs and lower part of the body resulting from traumatic injury or disease to the spinal cord or brain; OR
    • Loss, or loss of use of, two (2) or more limbs; OR
    • Legal blindness.
  • A 100% total and permanent disability rating from being a prisoner of war.
  • Killed in action.

**For complete list of qualifications and answers to frequently asked questions, visit State of Tennessee's Tax Relief Website:  or call Knox County Trustee’s office at (865) 215-8554 / email:

Tax Freeze

The State of Tennessee passed legislation that permits counties to “freeze” property tax amounts for homeowners who are 65 or older on or before December 31, 2014 and your combined 2013 annual income for you, your spouse and all other owners of the property cannot exceed $37,980?

Your home and up to five (5) acres can be frozen. The appraisal and assessment values are not affected by the freeze program. If you qualify for Tax Freeze we will lock in your tax amount due so that it will not increase. If your property taxes decrease, your frozen base amount will decrease.

**Both programs require that you own and use the property on which you apply as your primary residence. Proof of eligibility will be required. Other restrictions may still apply.

For an application CLICK HERE

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Main Office
City County Building
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Mailing Address
Knox County Trustee
P.O. Box 70
Knoxville, TN 37901
Phone: 865-215-2305

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