According to Texas tax law, severely disabled veterans living in Texas do not have to pay property takes on their primary residences. In addition, the widows of disabled veterans who have passed away also qualify for this tax exemption.
How disabled must you be to receive this veterans’ property tax deduction?
The United State Department of Veterans Affairs must give you a 100 percent disability rating – the highest rating allowed. Disabled veterans who are considered unemployable due to their disabilities are also eligible to apply for the exemption.
Are disabled veterans exempt from paying taxes on all of their properties?
No. The 100 percent property tax exemption only applies to a soldier’s primary residence – not any second homes or other types of property. However, another different partial exemption may be applied to other types of property.
What if I am a disabled veteran who moves primary residences during the tax year?
Your tax exemption ends on your old property when you sell it, and begins on your new property immediately when you purchase it. You must go to your local appraisal district to fill out a residence homestead tax exemption application before you can receive the exemption.
Can I receive the property tax exemption as the widow of a disabled veteran?
Yes. Texas just passed a constitutional amendment stating that the widow of a disabled veteran with a 100 percent disability rating may continue to benefit from the residence tax exemption. However, if you move from your residence and remarry, you may no longer claim the tax exemption. In addition, you must be married to the disabled veteran at the time of his or her death.
There are a number of tax exemptions and benefits available to disabled veterans and their families. If you would like to learn more about what disability benefits you may be eligible for as a disabled veteran, speak to one of our Dallas veterans’ disability attorneys today. We offer all veterans a free, confidential consultation where you can get answers to all of your legal questions.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.