Are you a disabled veteran or survivor? You may qualify for a
property tax exemption if you are either (1) a veteran who was disabled while serving with
the U.S. armed forces or (2) the surviving spouse or child (under 18 years of age and
unmarried) of a disabled veteran or of a member of the armed forces who was killed while on
active duty. You must be a Texas resident.
An Application for Disabled Veteran's or Survivor's Exemption can be found at the Forms Page under
the Residential Exemption Section (11-22). Click
To establish eligibility, you must have documents from either the Veterans'
Administration or the branch of the armed forces that shows the percentage of your
service-related disability. Your disability rating must be at least 10 percent.
If you are a surviving spouse or child, you must have the veteran's disability
records. You may need other documents such as proof of marriage or age.
Currently, the exemption ranges from $5,000 to $12,000, depending on the extent of the disability. This exemption is not only for a home -- you can
apply it to any property you own on January 1, such as to a truck used
for business purposes. However, you may pick only one property to receive this exemption.
The appropriate exemption amount will be deducted from the appraised value of the property
to which you want the exemption applied.
The disabled veterans' exemption is different from a disabled homeowner's exemption,
and disabled veterans do not necessarily qualify for the latter type exemption.
This chart outlines disabled veterans' exemptions effective January 1, 2008:
|Disability Rating of 10 - 29%
|Disability Rating of 30 - 49%
|Disability Rating of 50 - 69%
|Disability Rating of 70 - 100%
|65 years of age and disabled at least 10%, or blind,
or paraplegic, or having lost one or both limbs
|Surviving spouse or children of a deceased disabled veteran
If you have a disability rating of 100% or individual unemployability, you should
also consider the 100% disabled veterans' homestead exemption. You can find information about it here