Exemptions

If you are interested in receiving a property tax exemption for your personal residence, please call the office of Charlie Cardwell, Metro Trustee, at 615-862-6330.

Exemption from property tax is available to religious, charitable, scientific, or nonprofit educational institutions who apply while the property currently is used exclusively to carry out one or more of the purposes for which the organization was created.

In Tennessee, these property tax exemptions are granted by the Tennessee State Board of Equalization.  If you would like more information concerning the application process, please contact Cathi Hammers at 615-880-2155.  You may also go directly to the State Board of Equalization’s website: State Board of Equalization, where you will find all of the information you will need to either download an application for exemption or file an exemption application electronically. In addition to the actual exemption application, the three other documents you need to consider are: the effective date insert, the exemption fee memo, and the payment of taxes while exemption is pending form. It is important to note that all required documents, which are listed on top of the exemption application, must be submitted with the exemption application.  Once completed, one complete set of exemption application documents (and application fee) needs to be filed with the Tennessee State Board of Equalization, 9th Floor, W.R. Snodgrass TN Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Nashville, TN 37243-1102. Another complete set of exemption application documents needs to be sent to Davidson County Assessor’s Office, Attn: Cathi Hammers, P.O. Box 196305, Nashville, TN 37219-6305. You are also encouraged to retain a complete set of exemption application documents for your records. Once the Tennessee State Board of Equalization receives the application, a staff attorney will review the documents and render a decision. You will then receive an initial determination, letting you know if the exemption has been granted and its effective date. The Assessor’s Office will be notified of the initial determination, and the tax roll will be amended accordingly. The initial determination contains appeal instructions that you may follow if you are unsatisfied with the staff attorney’s initial determination.

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