Veteran Disability Exemptions by State

Veteran Disability Exemptions by StateFive-and-a-half million veterans are currently living with a disability. Of those, three-and-a-half million veterans sustained their injury as a result of their military service.  2.9 Million are receiving disability compensation from the government, representing a larger than $36 billion a year expenditure. As a result of 12 years of a continuous wartime, the number of disabled veterans with a disability rating of 70 percent or higher has skyrocketed. Presently, there are 588,000 veterans living with a disability rating of 70 percent or higher. The increase has been attributed to the inundation of severe burns and amputations that would have resulted in mortal wounds during previous military conflicts.

In order to determine eligibility for disability compensation, The Department of Veterans Affairs analyzes the specific individuals’ medical record and assigns a disability rating to the applicant. The rating scale functions to establish if the veteran qualifies for compensation as well as to calculate the amount of receivable disability compensation.  The ratings are designated incrementally on sale from 10 to 100 percent, the higher the rating, the greater compensation the individual is eligible to receive. A 10 percent rating allows for a monthly entitlement of $123; 50 percent calls for $770 monthly and 100 percent or “total disability” allows for a payment of $2,673. Specific disabilities enable larger payments, for example, the loss of a body part, blindness, deafness or an inability to speak merit greater pay-outs. The maximum monthly entitlement is $4,667.

*Note, in order to receive benefits, the disability must have occurred during service.

Aside from the monthly compensation, the disability rating of a veteran is taken into account for many other entitlements and exemptions.  Property tax exemptions for use on primary residences are available for disabled veterans in many states:

 State  Minimum Disability Requirement 
Alabama Veterans in Alabama are entitled to receive a full exemption on their home if their disability rating is 100% and their net income is less than $12,000
Alaska Disabled veterans in Alaska are eligible for an exemption of up to the first $150,000 of the assessed property value if they are 50% or more disabled
Arizona Disabled veterans in Arizona are entitled to an exemption of $3,000 if the property value of the home is less than $10,000
Arkansas Disabled veterans in Arkansas who are 100 percent disabled, blind in either or both eyes or lost the use of a limb are eligible for a full property tax exemption
California Disabled veterans in California are eligible for a full property tax exemption if the value of the home is less than $150,000 & the household income is sub $40,000. This is contingent upon a 100% disability rating, blindness in both eyes, or a loss of multiple limbs
Colorado Disabled veterans in Colorado are eligible for a property tax exemption  if 50% of the first $200,000 of the property value if they are 100% disabled
Connecticut Disabled veterans in Connecticut with a 10-25% rating are eligible for an exemption of $1,500; those with a rating of 75-100% are entitled to an exemption of $3,000. Additionally, veterans with blindness in both eyes and the loss of usage in multiple limbs can receive an exemption of $10,000. Veterans that lost the use of one limb are entitled to a $5,000 exemption.
Delaware Delaware does not have a state-mandated exemption for disabled homeowners.
Florida Disabled veterans in Florida with a 10% or greater rating qualify for an exemption of $5,000 while those with a 100% rating are entitled to a full exemption.
Georgia Disabled veterans in Georgia qualify for an exemption of $60,000 or more, depending on a fluctuating index rate determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Hawaii Disabled veterans in Hawaii qualify for a full property tax exemption if they are 100% disabled.
Idaho Disabled veterans in Idaho qualify for an exemption if they are 10% or more disabled, the exact amount is variable and determined by net income.
Illinois Disabled veterans in Illinois qualify for an exemption of up to $70,000 of the assessed value of their home, eligibility is determined case by case via the states Department of Veteran Affairs.
Indiana Disabled veterans in Indiana qualify for an exemption of up to $37,440 on their home if they are 100% disabled or is older than 62 and has a 10% disability.
Iowa All veterans (honorable discharge) living in Iowa qualify for an exemption of $1,850 if the served during wartime or for a minimum of 18 months during peacetime.
Kansas Disabled veterans in Kansas qualify for a property tax exemption if they are living with a 50% disability; income determines the exact amount.
Kentucky Disabled veterans in Kentucky qualify for an exemption of up to $36,000 if the applicant is 100% disabled.
Louisiana Disabled veterans in Louisiana qualify for an exemption of up to $150,000 if the veteran is 100% disabled.
Maine Disabled veterans in Maine qualify for an exemption of up to $7,000 if they are older than 62 and are 100% disabled.
Maryland Disabled veterans in Maryland qualify for an exemption if they are 100% disabled, the exact amount is determined by the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.
Massachusetts Disabled veterans in Massachusetts are eligible for an exemption of $400 if they are 10% disabled, $750 if they lost the use of one hand, foot or eye, $1,250 if they lost the use of both hands feet or eyes, or if the veteran is blind in both eyes. If the veteran is 100% disabled, they may receive an exemption of $1,000.
Michigan Disabled veterans in Michigan qualify for a full property tax exemption if they have a disability of 100%.
Minnesota Veterans in Minnesota with a disability rating of 70% or more qualify for an exemption of up to $150,000; veterans with a 100% rating may receive an exemption of up to $300,000.
Mississippi Disabled veterans in Mississippi qualify for an exemption if the assessed value of their home is less than $7,500 and if the veteran has a 100% disability, the exact amount is determined by the states Department of Veteran Affairs.
Missouri Missouri currently does not offer state-mandated property tax exemptions to disabled veterans.
Montana Disabled veterans in Montana are eligible for a property tax exemption if they are 100% disabled, the exemption amount varies and is based on marital status and income. It is determined by the Montana Department of Revenue.
Nebraska Disabled veterans in Nebraska qualify for an exemption if the veteran has lost the use of multiple limbs or have suffered a reduction in eyesight. The exemption is approved by the county assessor in the county that the applicant resides. The amount is variable.
Nevada Disabled veterans in Nevada qualify for an exemption of up to $20,000 if they are 60% or more disabled.
New Hampshire Disabled veterans in New Hampshire qualify for a full property tax exemption if they are 100% disabled or have lost multiple limbs or are blind in both eyes.
New Jersey Disabled veterans in New Jersey qualify for a full property tax exemption if they are 100% disabled.
New Mexico Disabled veterans in New Mexico qualify for a full property tax exemption if they are 100% disabled.
New York Disabled veterans living in New York qualify for an exemption on a case by case basis, determined by the type of military service they were involved in and the severity of the disability they received. The exemption is determined by the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs.
North Carolina Disabled veterans in North Carolina qualify for a property tax exemption of up to the first $45,000 of the assessed property value if they are 100% disabled.
North Dakota Disabled veterans in North Dakota qualify for a property tax exemption of up to the first $150,000 of the assessed property value if they have a disability rating of 50%.
Ohio Disabled veterans in Ohio qualify for an exemption of $25,000 if the veteran is 100% disabled.
Oklahoma Disabled veterans in Oklahoma qualify for a full property tax exemption if they are 100% disabled.
Oregon Disabled veterans in Oregon qualify for a property tax exemption if the veteran has a disability rating of 40% or higher. The exact amount varies in connection to net income.
Pennsylvania Disabled veterans in Pennsylvania qualify for a property tax exemption if they are 100% disabled. The amount varies according to multiple factors.
Rhode Island Rhode Island does not currently have a state mandated property tax exemption for disabled veterans.
South Carolina Disabled veterans in South Carolina qualify for an exemption of up to the first $50,000 of the assessed property value if they are 100% disabled.
South Dakota Disabled veterans in South Dakota qualify for a property tax exemption of up to $100,000 if the veteran is 100% disabled.
Tennessee Disabled veterans in Tennessee qualify for an exemption of up to the first $175,000 if the veteran is 100% disabled or has lost the use of multiple limbs or is blind in both eyes.
Texas Disabled veterans in Texas qualify for a property tax exemption of up to $12,000 depending on the severity of their disability. Veterans with a disability rating of 100% are eligible for a full exemption.
Utah Disabled veterans in Utah qualify for an exemption if they have a disability rating greater than 10%. A rating of 100% equates to an exemption amount of $244,064, a rating of 50% equates to an exemption amount of $122,032 and a rating of 10% equates to an exemption amount of $24,406.
Vermont Disabled veterans in Vermont qualify for a property tax exemption of a minimum of $10,000 if the veteran is more than 50% disabled. The amount varies from city to city.
Virginia Disabled veterans in Virginia qualify for a full exemption if the veteran is 100% disabled.
Washington Disabled veterans in Washington with a disability rating of 100% qualify for a property tax exemption. The amount is based on income and is established by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.
West Virginia Disabled veterans in West Virginia with a disability of100% are exempt from paying taxes on the first $20,000 of the assessed property value. The same exemption applies to any veteran over age 65.
Wisconsin Disabled veterans in Wisconsin qualify for a property tax exemption if they have a disability of 100%. The amount is variable.
Wyoming Disabled veterans in Wyoming qualify for a property tax exemption of $3,000 of the assessed value of their home if the veteran has a disability of 10% or higher.

 

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