Texas voters have passed a constitutional amendment that grants the surviving spouses of disabled veterans the same property tax exemption granted to living disabled soldiers and their families.
In 2009, Texas veterans with a 100 percent disability rating received a homestead property tax exemption that covers their residence. Now, the widow or widower of such a disabled veteran can continue receiving the tax exemption beginning on January 1, 2012, provided that they do not move from the house or remarry.
The law was passed by Texas lawmakers in May and approved by the public in November’s general election. Over 82 percent of Texans voting approved the measure.
Surviving spouses can find the disabled veterans’ property tax exemption application online. They must provide a drivers’ license, a vehicle registration receipt, or a utility bill.
At Morgan & Weisbrod, we know how much our veterans sacrifice for their country, Texas, and our way of life. We also know just how hard it can be to get by when a wounded family member returns from combat too injured to support his or her family. This property tax exemption is one step toward making certain that these brave vets and their families are cared for after they return.
Do you need legal assistance with veterans’ disability benefits or survivors’ benefits? Speak with a Dallas disability benefits attorney today by calling 800.800.6353.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.