A Disabled Veteran may qualify for an exemption from real estate; the following
requirements must be met in order to qualify for the exemption. The real estate must
be owned or jointly owned with a spouse by the veteran and the real estate must be the
veteran's primary residence. The veteran must be rated by the U.S. Department of Veteran
Affairs to be 100% service-connected, permanent and totally disability. The exemption
is allowed on the primary residence, with all other improvements on the property subject
to taxation. The veteran must fill out the Real Estate Tax Relief for Veterans with 100%
Service-Connected Disability and provide an approved letter of disability issued by the US
Department of Veteran Affairs, photo identification and proof of residence occupancy, such
as a utility bill. The application does not have to be filed each year, however, if you
change your residence a new application needs to be filed.
The surviving spouse of an eligible veteran may also qualify provided the death of the veteran occurs after January 1, 2011, the surviving spouse does not remarry and the surviving spouse continues to occupy the real estate as his/her primary residence. A surviving spouse must file an application as the surviving spouse and provide a copy of the death certificate to confirm date is on or after January 1, 2011, a certified certificate of marriage from the appropriate state office of records and proof of residence occupancy, such as a utility bill.