January 28, 2014

Are you entitled to a Veteran's Property Tax Exemption?

Did you know that Section 458-a of the Real Property Tax Law provides a limited exemption from real property taxes for real property owned by persons who rendered military service to the United States, provided such property meets the requirements set forth in the law?

The veteran must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during:

  1.  Persian Gulf conflict (commencing August 2, 1990)
  2.  Vietnam War (February 28, 1961-May 7, 1975);
  3.  Korean War (June 27, 1950-January 31,1955);
  4.  World War II (December 7, 1941-December 31, 1946);
  5.  World War I (April 6, 1917-November 11, 1918);
  6.  Mexican Border Period (May 9, 1916-April 5, 1917), or
  7. Spanish-American War (April 21, 1898-July 4, 1902)
 and been honorably discharged or released from service.

Visit the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance  or
 Contact your local Assessor for additional information to see if you qualify.

A veteran also includes a recipient
  • of an armed forces, navy or marine corps expeditionary medal and a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces who served honorably while on active duty (other than “active duty for training”) and who has returned to reserve status.

A veteran also includes certain individuals who served during

  • World War II in the United States Merchant Marine
  • United States Army Transport Service (oceangoing service), 
  • American Field Service (overseas duty), or
  • As civilian flight crew or ground support in Pan American World Airways pursuant to its contract with Air or Naval Transport Command. 

The dates of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and Persian Gulf conflict are prescribed in the State law, while the dates of the other wars are derived from Federal law.

As proof of the dates and character of service, a copy of Form DD 214 or other appropriate evidence should be attached to your application.

Visit the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance  or Contact your local Assessor for additional information to see if you qualify.

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