Tax Exemptions for Disabled Military Vets

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Tax Exemptions for Disabled Military Vets

State of TexasTexas state government has done the right thing by offering a new tax exemption to a group that truly deserves our respect: disabled U.S. military veterans. Veterans who meet the highest threshold of qualifications will be exempt from paying any property taxes on their homesteads. To qualify for a full exemption, veterans must be classified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as being unemployable or having a 100 percent disability rating.

Veterans must also have received 100 percent disability compensation from the VA. Veterans wishing to claim the exemption can begin the process by contacting their county appraisal districts. House Bill 3613 from the 81st Texas Legislature allows the complete property tax exemption, which was effective from 2009 and onward. The law, however, does not allow the surviving spouse of eligible veterans to receive the homestead exemption.

Surviving spouses do remain eligible for the exemptions for people with disabilities and for people age 65 and older.  Another exemption is also available for disabled veterans, including those classified by the VA as less than 100 percent disabled and those qualified for the full homestead property tax exemption.

Beginning at a 10 percent VA disability rating, a veteran can get an exemption of $5,000 to $12,000 for any one property he or she owns.

The tax exemption amount that a qualified disabled veteran receives depends on the veteran's disability rating from the branch of the armed service:Exemptions for Disabled Vets

Disability Rating

Exemption Amount

10% to 30%

$5,000 from the property's value

31% to 50%

$7,500 from the property's value

51% to 70%   

$10,000 from the property's value

71% to 100%

$12,000 from the property's value



The disabled veteran must be a Texas resident and must choose one property to receive the tax exemption for all property tax purposes. For veterans receiving the full homestead property tax exemption, the additional exemption could be applied to non-homestead property.

If you or someone you know is a disabled veteran living in Texas, please learn all you can about this important property tax exemption. During these uncertain economic times, it has true potential to help those who have made tremendous sacrifices make ends meet. Veterans wishing to apply for the homestead exemption should contact their county appraisal districts.  An application form for veterans and appraisal districts to use can be found on the Comptroller's Web site at Texas State Taxes for Public Accounts.  To file for a disabled veteran's tax exemption, you must complete the application and file to the appropriate taxing authority. In San Antonio, that authority is Bexar County Tax Appraisal District. The deadline for filing for a disabled veteran's exemption is between January 1 and April 30 of the tax year. However, you may file for a disabled veteran's exemption up to one year from the delinquency date.

To find information about disability ratings or employ-ability from the VA, call (800) 827-1000. Disabled veterans receiving a homestead exemption may need to contact their mortgage lenders to adjust their escrow payments.  If you are thinking about buying or selling a home in San Antonio, or any surrounding cites, Contact your Local San Antonio Real Estate agent, or you may call or text to 210-789-4216.

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Kristin Moran
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THis is awesome! thanks for spreading the news, most folks don't know this is available!

February 09, 2012 04:21 PM
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Debb Janes
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Right on Jerry, Texas has a done a very good thing. And so have you, what a wonderful post filled with information that should help some very worthy folks save money. 

February 09, 2012 06:40 PM
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Jerry,

       I am for anything that provides a benefit to our veterans. Especially those that are disabled. I believe we can and must do more for our veterans. They deserve it!...Wayne

February 09, 2012 08:59 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Yes, Michael. I am with you all the way on this one my friend. Due to my 30% disability, I was able to take advantage of this awesome property tax benefit myself.

February 09, 2012 09:07 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Thanks, Paula. I am just love spreading the word to all the Vets in Texas. Many may not know about this new exemption that took effect in 2009.

February 09, 2012 09:08 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Ditto, John. I have taken advantage of these exemptions myself, and I do want to let all the other Texas Vets know about these great benefits on their property taxes.

February 09, 2012 09:54 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Thanks for the Suggest Carl. All vets in Texas who own property need to know about this one for sure.

February 09, 2012 09:55 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Thanks, Anita. I feel like I am still Serving. In a military town like San Antonio, we are bound to have many vets that own property, and who need to know about these exemptions.

February 09, 2012 09:57 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Yes, Lou. We do everything in Texas in a Big Way! Vets deserved these benefits too.

February 09, 2012 09:58 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Hi Michael. I am very grateful that Texas appears to be leading the country in honoring and recognizing our vets with these benefits.

BTW, Michael. I love your FB page and WordPress site. I will be posting your FB page tomorrow for some support.

February 09, 2012 09:59 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Thanks, Teral. Just getting the word out there to all our Texas Vets. These are some excellent exemptions.

February 09, 2012 10:05 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Thanks, Karen. As a vet myself, I can certainly appreciate all the benefits that are offered by the state of Texas.

February 09, 2012 10:06 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Yes, Brenda. Texas does love our Vets. Every veteran can apply in their respective counties for any of these exemptions on property taxes. I would encourage all Vets to take advantage of this as soon as possible.

February 09, 2012 10:08 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Hi Shirley. Yes, out Vets deserve all of these benefits and exemptions coming from the state of Texas. It's a Great Life in Texas!

February 09, 2012 10:10 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Hi Kristin. Yes. You are absolutely right. Most do not know about these exemptions. I originally blogged about this last year around this same time, but I have added more to it this time around.

February 09, 2012 10:11 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Thanks, Debb. Yes, I am all for saving money on my taxes. Texas has higher property taxes than most states since we do not have a state income tax. But these exemptions are highly appreciated.

February 09, 2012 10:13 PM
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Jerry Newman
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Thanks, Wayne. I am with you 100% on this one my friend. We need to continue to support our Vets.

BTW, Wayne, I love your New Timeline on FB, and I found your Fan Page too. Very impressive Welcome page.

February 09, 2012 10:14 PM
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Cathy Bureau
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Jerry, great information for those that have lost much while serving. 

February 09, 2012 11:56 PM
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Yes, Cathy. I agree with you 100%, and Texas Does Rock! I guess that's why we only have one Star!

February 10, 2012 12:18 AM
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Jerry, this is important information for veterans and the public.  Thank you for a very-well written post.  You always do such a great job with your subject matter. 

Have a great week!

February 20, 2012 05:12 AM
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