Property tax exemptions may reduce disabled veterans’ taxes

Veterans with a service-connected disability may reduce their property taxes in 2011 by filing exemption forms at the Milam County Appraisal District office. Some veterans may qualify for a Disabled Veteran Residence Homestead Exemption.

A veteran’s percentage of ser v ice- connected disabilit y determines the amount of the exemption – from a $5,000 to a $12,000 deduction from the veteran’s property value. A separate application must be completed for this exemption.

The law provides partial exemptions for any property owned by veterans who are disabled, spouses and survivors of deceased disabled veterans and spouses and survivors of military personnel who died in active duty. The amount of exemption is determined according to percentage of service-connected disability.

Any eligible person who has not received this exemption should apply before May 1. If the last day for the performance of an act is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, the act is timely if performed on the next regular business day. An applicant may claim the exemption on only one piece of property, such as a home or any other property the applicant owned on Jan. 1. The applicant must be a Texas resident to qualify.

The disabled veteran who receives from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor 100 percent disability compensation due to a service-connected disability and a rating of 100 percent disabled or of individual unemployability is entitled to the Disabled Veteran Residence Homestead for a 100 percent exemption from taxation for the appraised value of the veteran’s residence homestead.

The law does not provide this exemption to spouses and survivors of deceased disabled veterans. The residence homestead application must be filed if this exemption is claimed.

The appraisal district may require proof of the disability, such as documentation from the Veterans Administration or the branch of the armed service in which the veteran served.

Veterans that qualify for the 100% Residence Homestead Exemption for Disabled Veterans may also apply for this Tax Exemption for any property not subject of the homestead exemption.

Property owners that have a Residence Homestead Exemption for Disabled Veterans on the homestead part of a single property may apply for this exemption on the remaining property within the same property.

For information about the property tax exemption for disabled veterans, contact the Milam County Appraisal District, P. O. Box 769, 120 N. Houston Avenue, Cameron, TX 76520; (254) 697- 6638 or (800) 772-4457 before April 30.

More information is also available from the state Comptroller’s Property Tax Assistance Division at (800)252-9121, ext. 2 or visit the Comptroller’s website at proptax/.

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