Deadline nears for disabled veterans propety tax benefits

Veterans rated as permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service related injury have only a short time left to apply for a new program that would grant them a partial exemption on their property taxes.

Eligible veterans or the unmarried surviving spouse of an eligible veteran wanting to take part in the Property Tax Reduction for Disabled Veterans Program must apply annually on or before November 1 to their county assessor. The program exempts the first $100,000 of valuation of a disabled veteran's property from property taxes. For the purposes of the program, property is defined as the house (including manufactured and mobile homes), garage, and the lot upon which it sits or one acre, whichever is less. Because the budgets and tax levies for the property taxes payable in 2013 have already been set, veterans eligible for this program will first see the reduction in their property taxes payable in 2014.

To be eligible, the veteran must have been rated permanently and totally disabled based on the established rating schedule used by the Veterans' Affairs Rating Board. Applicants will be required to provide proof of their eligibility to get the exemption. Such proof can be obtained by calling the Sioux Falls VA Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000 and requesting that they send the veteran a statement verifying they are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. A copy of that statement should be presented along with the application.

Applications are now available from county assessors and the Division of Property and Special Taxes. 

For more information, call the Department of Revenue's toll-free helpline at 1-800-829-9188 and select option "2." for the Division of Property and Special Taxes. Questions can also be directed to your county Director of Equalization or local Veterans Service Officer. For those individuals who may not know who their Veterans Service Officer is, a complete listing can be found online at http://mva.sd.gov/vet_service_officers.html 

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