WASHINGTON — The assessor’s office reminds residents who are honorably discharged veterans, who served at least 90 days during wartime or have a disability rating, that they may be eligible for tax exemptions.
To receive exemptions, veterans who have not previously filed with the town must provide the original or certified copy of their discharge papers (DD214) to the town clerk on or before September 30.
This filing needs to be done only once, as long as the veteran remains a town resident. Veterans who have already filed with the town for the tax exemption and who are not disabled or low-income do not need to file again.
Disabled veterans must also file their disability certificates from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with the assessment office by January 31.
The disability certificate must be filed again only if there is a VA percent of disability status change. At age 65, VA status filing is no longer required and the exemption win be calculated at 100 percent.
An additional exemption is available for low-income veterans. Current income limits for the 2018 calendar year, including Social Security, are $36,000 for a single person and $43,900 for a married person.
If a veteran is 100 percent disabled, his or her Social Security income is not included in the total income.
Applications for this exemption must be filed on or before October 1. To maintain the exemption, applications must be filed every two years.
Veterans with questions may call the assessor’s office at 868-0398 for more information.