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Disabled Veterans FAQ
I am a disabled veteran, how do I file an annual claim?
You must file the form “Claim for Disabled Veterans' Property Tax Exemption BOE-261G” annually. The full exemption is available to the Low-Income Exemption claimant if the filing is made by 5 p.m. on February 15 of each year, and otherwise qualifies and meets requirements.
What are the requirements for approval of a Disabled Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption claim?
There are a number of alternatives by which a Disabled Veterans' Property Tax Exemption may be granted:
- Alternative 1: The exemption is available to an eligible owner or the veteran spouse of an owner of a dwelling that is occupied as the principal place of residence for the veteran as of:
- 12:01 a.m. January 1 each year;
- The date of the veteran’s qualifying disability or compensation rating from the USDVA;
- The date residency is established at a property already owned by the qualifying claimant; or
- The date the veteran died as a result of a service connected injury or disease where the unmarried surviving spouse is the claimant.
- Alternative 2: The exemption is available to an eligible owner or veteran spouse of the owner of a dwelling subject to supplemental assessment(s) resulting from a change in ownership or completion of new construction on or after January 1, provided:
- The owner or the owner's veteran spouse occupies or intends to occupy the property as their principal place of residence within 90 days after the change in ownership or completion of construction, and
- The property is not already receiving the Disabled Veterans’ Exemption or another property tax exemption of greater value. If the property received an exemption of lesser value on the current roll, the difference in the amount between the two exemptions shall be applied to the supplemental assessment.
- The owner does not own other property which is currently receiving the Disabled Veterans’ Exemption.
What are the deadlines to file and receive a full or prorated exemption?
- Alternative 1a: The full exemption is available to the Low-Income Exemption claimant if the filing is made by 5 p.m. on February 15 of each year. If a claim for the Low-Income Exemption is filed after that time but by 5 p.m. on December 10, 90 percent of the exemption is available. For claims filed after that time, 85 percent of the exemption is available. If a late filed claim is made for the Low-Income Exemption, subsequent to a timely filed claim for the Basic Exemption, a claimant shall qualify for 90 percent or 85 percent of the additional exemption amount, depending upon the filing date: ($150,000 - $100,000 = $50,000 x 90% = $45,000 additional exemption amount allowed.)
- Alternatives 1b, 1c, and 1d: The full exemption is available, prorated to the date of eligibility, if the filing is made on or before January 1 of the year next following the year in which 1) the disability rating was received, or 2) residency is established on a property already owned by the claimant, or 3) the veteran died due to a service-connected injury or disease, or 90 days after any such event, whichever is later. Thereafter, if an appropriate application for exemption is filed, 85 percent of the exemption available shall be allowed, subject to an eight-year statute of limitations.
- Alternative 2: A full exemption (up to the amount of the supplemental assessment, if any) is available if the filing is made by 5 p.m. on the 30th day following the notice of supplemental assessment. Ninety percent of the exemption available shall be allowed, if a claim is filed after the 30th day following the date of the notice of supplemental assessment, but on or before the date on which the first installment of taxes on the supplemental tax bill becomes delinquent. Thereafter, if an appropriate claim is filed, 85 percent of the exemption shall be allowed subject to an eight-year statute of limitations. If no supplemental notice is received, the claim must be filed on or before the January 1 following the date in which the property was purchased.
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