Vt. Supreme Court: Property Tax Deduction Is Private

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(Host) The Vermont Supreme Court says information used by towns to calculate adjustments to residents’ property taxes should remain private.

In an entry order published today, the court reversed a Bennington County Superior Court ruling that said the town of Manchester should provide the tax information to someone who requested it. 

The issue involves the amount that Vermont property tax payers may have deducted from their bills based on their income and school property tax burden.

The state Department of Taxes calculates that amount and sends it to towns to reduce a property owner’s taxes. But by disclosing that deduction, a household’s income can be determined.

The Supreme Court says the law governing the deductions is covered by the state’s privacy laws. Property tax bills, however, are public.

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