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Veteran Tax And Financial Benefits By State For 2015

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As a Veteran. you are entitled to many benefits which vary from state to state.  The benefits for Veterans listed below were listed in the February 2015 State and Territorial Support for Members of the Military, Veterans and Their Families which is a product of the National Governors Association.

Scroll down to your state to see what tax and financial benefits you may be entitled to.

Alabama

  • All retirement or compensation received as retirement benefits by military retirees and survivor benefits are exempt from state income tax.
  • Money paid by the U.S. as compensation to military active duty members in a combat zone designated by executive order of the President of the United States is not subject to income taxes levied by the state.
  • Exemption is provided from ad valorem taxation of the home and an adjacent 160 acres of any veteran (or person) who is permanently and totally disabled or who is 65 years of age or older and has a net annual income of $12,000 or less for income tax purposes for the last preceding year.
  • Alabama law prohibits a mortgagee from initiating a foreclosure against the surviving spouse or estate of a mortgagor who dies while deployed overseas on active duty military service for 180 days after the death.
  • Alabama’s Heroes for Hire Act provides a $1,000 additional tax credit to employers for hiring recently deployed and discharged, unemployed veterans and provides a $2,000 income tax credit to recently deployed and discharged, unemployed veterans who start their own business. A recently deployed, unemployed veteran is defined as a veteran who has returned from active duty within the two year period preceding the date of hire or start date of a new business.
  • A veteran who is unemployed may be entitled to unemployment compensation based on his or her honorable military service

Alaska

  • Alaska National Guard and Militia are eligible for $100 per month state retirement benefit.
  • A veteran that is 50 percent or more disabled whose disability was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty are exempt from taxation on the first $150,000 of assessed valuation on real property owned and occupied as the primary residence and permanent place of abode. The exemption transfers to a spouse that is at least 60 years of age. Veterans Land Discount program allows certain veterans a 25 percent discount on the purchase of state residential or recreational land.
  • The Veterans Land Sale Preference offers veterans the exclusive opportunity to purchase unoccupied residential land auctioned to the public at a restricted sale.
  • Veterans Mortgage Program offers financing for qualified veterans at lower interest rates including a one-percent lower interest rate on the first $50,000 of a bank loan when purchasing a new home.
  • A taxpayer that hires a veteran and employs the veteran in the state is entitled to a tax credit.

Arizona

  • Arizona veteran’s earnings from National Guard duty are exempt from state tax and widows, widowers and disabled are also exempt from property tax.

Arkansas

  • Military income is not subject to state income tax.

California

  • California provides the Cal-Vet Home Loan for activated members and for those who have enlisted for 6 years (or commissioned) plus 1 year of service.

Colorado

  • Colorado ensure that state active duty is paid at the same rate as federal active duty.
  • Widows are added to property tax exemption if living in the home at date of death of veteran. Not transferable if widow moves to another property.
  • Property tax exemptions are provided for 100 percent service connected disabled veterans.
  • Colorado provides emergency grants for service members and their families.
  • VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation are not subject to Federal & State taxation.
  • Can exclude up to $20,000 of retired pay from taxation for those over the age of 55.
  • Vehicle tax is not paid by disabled veterans (50 percent > disability) or for former Prisoners of War.

Connecticut

  • Connecticut provides Armed Forces Property Tax Interest Forgiveness, a qualified municipal waiver of accrued interest owed on property tax by mobilized members of the armed forces;
  • Service member’s Motor Vehicle Property Tax Exemption for one tax exempt vehicle;
  • Fifty percent of military pension exempt from state income tax;
  • Temporary assistance for members from SSMF (http://www.ct.gov/ssmf);
  • Commissioner’s assistance for qualifying members. (http://www.state.ct.us/ctva);
  • Wartime Service Bonuses for members for qualified mobilizations of members of the state National Guard: $50 a month (maximum $1,200);
  • State Active Duty Death Benefit paid to beneficiary of member killed in line of duty; and
  • Burial in a state veteran’s cemetery for qualified members and veterans.

Delaware

  • Establishes a check-off box on the state income tax form for donations to the National Guard and Reserve Emergency Assistance Fund.
  • Provides Line-of-Duty $150,000 death benefit to NG members mobilized under the state or federal authority.
  • Each county offers property tax exemptions for elderly or disabled veterans.
  • Paraplegic veterans are eligible for a pension from the state of $3,000 per year.

Florida

  • Florida provides additional homestead exemptions for deployed service members based on length of deployment in the preceding year;
  • Service-Disabled Veteran’s Businesses receive selection preference when bidding on state contracts. (Active, Guard, or Reserve);
  • Homestead exemption for disabled veterans of $5,000 in addition to standard exemption of $50,000. (Active, Guard, or Reserve);
  • 100 percent Homestead Exemption for totally and permanently disabled veterans (Active, Guard, or Reserve); and
  • No fees for Driver’s Licenses for 100 percent disabled veterans (Active, Guard, or Reserve); and
  • Waives the county building permit fee for 100 percent permanently and totally disabled veterans who are Florida residents when improving access and convenience for activities of daily living to their dwelling. (Active, Guard, or Reserve).
  • The Citizen Soldier Program provides grants to reimburse private sector companies that provide wages to federally activated National Guard and Reserve members. (Guard and Reserve)
  • Death Gratuity of $50,000 to $150,000, plus $1,000 burial expenses are provided to National Guard members who are killed or die on state active duty.
  • Enlisted members receive an additional $20 per day on state active duty.

Georgia

  • Certain disabled veterans and certain widows/widowers, or minor children are allowed the maximum Homestead tax exemption which may be granted under Section 2102 of Title 38 of the United States Code.
  • Some veterans are afforded exemptions from some filing deadlines for state income tax.
  • Disabled veterans are also exempt from payment of occupational taxes, administration fees and regulatory fees imposed by local governments for peddling, conducting a business, or practicing a profession or semi profession upon meeting some eligibility requirements.

Hawaii

  • Hawaii does not collect state income tax while serving in a hostile fire zone.
  • Hawaii provides a state income tax exemption of $3,000 (regardless of activation).

Idaho

  • Idaho has a proposal to provide tax breaks to veterans wanting to relocate to Idaho or retire in the state.

Illinois

  • Returning Veterans’ Homestead Exemption provides qualifying Veterans a one-time $5,000 reduction to their home’s equalized assessed value (EAV) (www2.illinois.gov/veterans/benefits/Pages/real-estate.aspx).
  • Disabled Veterans’ Standard Homestead Exemption provides a reduction in a property’s EAV to a qualifying property owned by a veteran with a service- connected disability certified by the U. S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. A $2,500 homestead exemption is available to a veteran with a service-connected disability of at least 50 percent but less than 75 percent or a $5,000 homestead exemption is available to a veteran with a service connected disability of at least 75 percent (www2.illinois.gov/veterans/benefits/Pages/real-estate.aspx).
  • Specially Adapted Housing Tax Exemption – allowed on the assessed value of real property for which federal funds have been used for the purchase or construction of specially adapted housing for as long as the Veteran, or the spouse, or unmarried surviving spouse resides on the property.
    (www2.illinois.gov/veterans/benefits/Pages/real-estate.aspx)
  • Tax Exemption for Mobile Home – applies to the tax imposed by the Mobile Home Local Services Tax Act when that property is owned and used exclusively by a disabled veteran, spouse or unmarried surviving spouse as a home.
    (www2.illinois.gov/veterans/benefits/Pages/real-estate.aspx)
  • Illinois Veterans Tax Credit (for employers) – Illinois employers can earn an income tax credit of up to $5,000 annually for hiring veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The credit is 20 percent of the total wages paid up to $5,000 to every qualified veteran hired after July 1, 2012. Alternatively, Illinois employers can also earn an income tax credit of up to $1,200 annually for hiring veterans of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The credit is 10 percent of the total wages paid to every qualified veteran hired after January 1, 2010. Veterans must work at least 185 days during the tax year for the employer to qualify for the Veteran’s Tax Credit. In addition, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2007, and ending before January 1, 2010, the Veterans Tax Credit is 5 percent of qualified wages and may not exceed $600 per year for any veteran. The Veteran’s Tax Credit can be claimed by employers on income tax returns.
  • Welcome Home Heroes Program – Launched to honor those who sacrifice to safeguard our freedom, Welcome Home Heroes is open to all qualified Illinois veterans, active military personnel, reservists and Illinois National Guard members. An alternative to a federal VA loan, the Illinois Welcome Home Heroes homebuyer financing package includes a $10,000 forgivable loan over two years for down payment and closing cost assistance, a 30-year fixed rate mortgage that has an affordable interest rate, and an optional mortgage credit certificate to reduce federal income tax liability. For more information, please contact the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
  • Bonus Payments – Information on compensation and available bonus payments for veterans of various combat eras can be found at:
    http://www2.illinois.gov/veterans/benefits/Pages/compensation-benefits.aspx.

Indiana

  • The State provides an Indiana tax exemption in the amount of $5,000 of military pay for any person serving who entered from Indiana and maintains Indiana as Home of Record.
  • There is a Total exemption of military pay for the duration of deployment orders to a combat zone. (A Service member cannot claim both exemptions in the same year.)
  • Disabled service members who own a primary residence in Indiana can be eligible for up to $37,440 in tax deductions from their property taxes.
  • Grants of up to $2,500 (lifetime) for any Post 9/11 active duty service member and their family who are suffering financial difficulties because of deployment orders to a combat zone. (Military Family Relief Fund) (This is also offered to members of the National Guard and Reserve.)
  • The Indiana National Guard Relief Fund, Inc. provides financial grants to Indiana Army and Air National Guard members and their families who have encountered difficult situations due to mobilizations or financial hardship or disaster. The Indiana National Guard Relief Fund is a private, non-profit, tax exempt corporation. There are two grants, Fund A grants can be a maximum of $10,000 and Fund B grants can be a maximum of $2,500.

Iowa

  • The Home Base Iowa Act fully exempts military pensions from state income tax.
  • The Military Homeownership Assistance Program (MHAP) provides eligible service members and veterans a $5,000 grant to be used as a down payment or closing cost on a home purchase in the State of Iowa (members must have served on active duty on or after 9/11/01 and purchased a home after 3/10/05). The Home Base Iowa Act expanded eligibility for and increased funding for the MHAP. Since January 2009, the program has leveraged over $178 million of home purchases through FY13. Additional funding for the program is provided in a separate appropriations bill.
  • Up to a $500 bonus for service as an oceangoing Merchant Marine during the period December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946.
  • Iowa Workforce Development’s Veterans Program refers Veterans to the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitative Services for assistance in processing claims for disability compensation and to County Veterans Affairs offices for monetary assistance as needed.
  • State agencies screen veterans for potential eligibility of the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit certification.
  • State law provides mortgage foreclosure protection for activated Iowa National Guard and Reserves, and increases penalties on lenders who knowingly foreclose on a Guard member on state active duty.
  • The Property Tax Exemption benefit reduces a veteran’s assessed home value by $1,850 for property tax purposes (members must have served on active duty during a period of war or for a minimum of 18 months during peacetime).
  • Senate File 2352 expands the individuals eligible for the disabled veterans homestead tax credit (a property tax credit for 100 percent of amount levied). It also strikes the maximum income limitation qualification for the credit. Added qualified recipients include: all veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 100 percent, including former members of the National Guard of any state who meet the requirements for Iowa National Guard members and surviving spouses or children who are receiving dependency and indemnity compensation for a spouse or parent who died in action or from a service connected injury.
  • The Iowa Injured Veterans Grant, which provides up to $10,000 to members or former members of the U.S. military who are residents of Iowa and were seriously injured during operations in Iraq or Afghanistan.
  • The Iowa Veterans Trust Fund, which is a multi-million dollar fund established by the state, provides funding to help Iowa veterans and their families with unemployment or underemployment assistance due to service-related causes, counseling and substance abuse services, housing repair, transitional housing in an emergency; and assistance with vision, hearing, dental care, durable medical equipment and prescription drugs.
  • Military pay is exempt from state tax and delayed filing available during activation.
  • $12,000 military death gratuity is exempt from state tax.
  • Automatic extension on late tax filing.
  • Exemption from the computation of the individual state income tax of all pay received for active duty military service and service in operation new dawn and including retroactive applicability provisions.
  • The Iowa Vital Records Bureau provides one free copy of a death or birth certificate for active military if the death occurs while on active duty (the death certificate is provided to the Veteran’s Administration for benefits determination, but a birth certificate could be provided to both the family and the VA).

Kansas

  • Kansas does not tax military retirees’ pensions
  • Provide a $250,000 state death benefit for any member of the Kansas NG who is killed in the line of duty
  • Provide income tax exemptions for members of the military for bonuses received for recruitment and student loan repayments
  • Defer property tax on principle residence up to two years while on active duty, for service members who have been (or will be) deployed outside of the United States
  • Ensures full compliance with federal law extending tax return filing dates and other required payments and reports for military personnel serving in a combat zone and their families
  • Emergency relief available to members of the Kansas NG and Reserves and their families that are Kansas residents
  • National Guard Foundation (Kansas) to assist NG members and families when pay or other authorized programs cannot cover costs
  • Tax credits for businesses employing Kansas NG and reserve members who are unemployed upon returning from deployment
  • Death benefit of $250,000 for the beneficiaries of any member of the Kansas NG who is killed on active federal duty
  • Down payment assistance to qualified Kansas buyers for the purchase of their first home
  • KS Lottery launched two instant games which split 50% net profit to KS NG Education Assistance Act scholarships and 50% net profit to KS Soldiers’ Home, KS Veterans’ Home, and the state veterans cemetery system

Kentucky

  • Lump-sum payment of $80,000 death benefit from the state for state active duty and for NG/Reserves on Title 10 military duty.
  • Receive additional $20 tax credit if member of the ARNG.
  • Tax return extension when in a combat zone.
  • Military retirements are partially exempt from state income tax.
  • State ARNG pay equal to federal active duty pay.
  • State income tax exemption of all income sources for members of the active and reserve component killed in line of duty, for the year during and the year prior.
  • State income tax exemption on all military pay when filing a Kentucky individual tax return.
  • Veterans’ personal loan program, up to $10,000 and 10 years.
  • Housing grants to reduce principle and interest payments on a mortgage or rental payable by ARNG or reserve members during federal active duty.

Louisiana

  • $250,000 state death benefit for National Guardsmen who die during a period of activation
  • $100,000 state disability benefit for National Guardsmen for a qualifying disability during a period of activation
  • State income tax deferred during and for 6 months after mobilization
  • Service officers in every parish are available to assist veterans and/or their dependents in filing for VA benefits
  • Military retirement pay exempt from state income tax
  • Property tax assessment frozen under a certain income level for 50% service-connected disabled veterans
  • Recognition of military driver’s license and extension of state license during activation
  • Exemption from payment of reinstatement, renewal or suspension fees for motor vehicles as a result of mobilization
  • Exemption from payment of reinstatement, renewal or suspension of professional or occupational licenses as a result of mobilization
  • Free hunting, fishing and drivers’ licenses for certain disabled veterans

Maine

  • Property tax exemption for eligible wartime veterans
  • The Finance Authority of Maine administers a Veterans Small Business Loan Program

Maryland

  • Exemption from property tax exists for primary residence of 100 percent disabled veterans and spouses, surviving spouse of active duty military killed in the line of duty, and surviving spouse receiving dependency and indemnity compensation.
  • $5,000 of military retirement income is exempt from state income tax.
  • $15,000 of military pay is exempt from state income tax when on active duty outside U.S. boundaries or possessions for service members with total military pay not exceeding $30,000.
  • Tax credit is available on title tax for active duty members establishing residency in Maryland. Title and registration must take place within one year of moving to Maryland.
  • For out of state vehicles, if the owner is a member of the military on active duty or a member of their immediate family and has not been a Maryland resident for more than one year, an excise tax credit is allowed with proof of active military status.
  • For out of state vehicles, if the owner is a Maryland resident on active duty or a member of their immediate family returning to this state, an excise tax credit is allowed if the vehicle is titled within one year of their return, with proof of active military status.
  • A death benefit of $125,000 is offered to the surviving spouse, children, dependent parents or estate of a Maryland resident who served in the Afghanistan or Iraq conflicts and who is killed or dies in the performance of duties as a law enforcement or correctional officer, a volunteer or career firefighter, a sworn member of the office of State Fire Marshal, a public aviation employee, a Maryland resident who is a member of the uniformed services of the U.S. serving in the Afghanistan or Iraq conflict or a hazardous material response team employee.
  • Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs maintains a service and benefits program to assist veterans, active duty service members, dependents and survivors with filing for USVA benefits.

Massachusetts

  • Guard members receive a minimum of $100 per day while on state active duty;
  • Can request extension to file taxes while serving for time served and an additional 6 months, if individual paid 80 percent of taxes due;
  • Defer real estate taxes at eight percent while serving outside of state over 180 days (local option).
  • Provides a “Welcome Home” bonus of $1,000 given to Massachusetts service members who served on active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11/01, and provides $500 bonus to those who served at least six months on active duty in other locations. Also, for service members who have served multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the $1,000 benefit is for the first deployment; for subsequent Iraq and Afghanistan deployments service members receive $500.
  • Provides for reimbursement of 50 percent of the premium of monthly SGLI (or equivalent group) life insurance premiums for policies worth up to $400,000.
  • Establishes a check-off on the state tax form to help members of the Guard and reserves (called to active duty after 9/11/01) and their families defray the costs of food, housing, utilities, medical services and other expenses
  • Death benefit of $100,000 for a Guard member who dies in the line of duty.
  • Free drug and alcohol shelters for homeless veterans.
  • One time loan up to $10,000 at three percent.
  • Temporary financial assistance on case-by-case basis.

Michigan

  • Property Tax Waiver— If you are a 100 percent disabled veteran or surviving spouse, you may request a waiver of property tax. The letter you receive each year from VA states whether you have received this grant. New in 2013, the property tax exemption has been extended to include a veteran’s spouse if the veteran passes away before the tax break is granted. If you are eligible, you can apply for the property tax waiver from the local government office issuing your property tax bill (city, village, township, etc.).
  • Income Tax Credit for Property Tax Paid— The state’s income tax code provides a tax credit for property tax paid by a disabled veteran or surviving spouse. This benefit varies depending on the percentage of disability rating and the family’s income. Use the MI-1040CR-2 to apply for the tax credit. Even if no income tax is due, an eligible veteran may still submit a MI-1040CR-2 to receive the income tax credit as a tax refund. Visit the Michigan Department of Treasury website for a copy of the form and the instructions.
  • A taxpayer may designate $1 or more of his/her refund to the Military Family Relief Fund. Eighty percent will go to the Fund and 20 percent will go to special projects at the Michigan’s Veterans Home.

Minnesota

  • Minnesota provides a re-enlistment bonus of $1,000.
  • National Guard medics are eligible for $1,000 biannual recertification bonus.
  • ARNG income excluded from unemployment insurance requests.
  • All military pay, except Active Guard and Reserve is exempt from state taxes, including active duty and all drill and special pay earned inside or outside of Minnesota.
  • Income after qualifying for military retirement below an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $30,000 receives a $750 tax credit – essentially removing all tax consequences for that income. The benefit phases out at an AGI of $37,500.
  • Special assessments levied against properties owned by mobilized Reservists can be deferred until after the Reservist returns from deployment.
  • Tax credit of $120 per month for veterans having served in a designated hostile fire zone.
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business Preference for procurement and construction contracts provides eligible businesses with a preference in the amount bid on state contracts for certain goods and services.
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business Preference for competitive bids dictates that veteran- owned business purchases may be exempt from competitive bid process
  • Market Value Exclusion on Homesteads of Disabled Veterans, Surviving Spouses and Primary Family Caregivers.

Mississippi

  • $15,000 state income tax exemption is provided for ARNG or Reserve pay (from federal or state duty) .

Missouri

  • Missouri Military Family Relief Fund (MMFR): This is a state administered fund which assists families of persons who are members of the Missouri National Guard or Missouri residents who are members of the Reserve of the Armed Forces of the United State and have been called to active duty as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
  • Missouri Linked Deposit Program: The Missouri Linked Deposit Program is a low- interest loan program administered by the State Treasurer’s Office and Missouri financial institutions. The financial institutions receive low-interest rate deposits from the State Treasurer eligible programs, and pass on the interest savings to approved borrowers. Borrowers are required to meet requirements of the lending institution.
  • Missouri Universal Service Fund: Assists low-income and disabled Missourians in receiving additional discounts for basic local telephone service.
  • Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program: Federal program administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which provides funding and training to assist with weatherization.
  • Missouri Association for Community Action: Community action agencies provide critical services to families and communities. They assist with childcare, transportation, financial education.
  • MO VA Homeless Veteran Program: Coordinators assists veterans in case management, referrals to benefits counselors, health care and housing assistance.
  • HERO (Housing, Employment, Recovery, Opportunities): Provides transitional housing for Homeless Veterans with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues.
  • Interest and Penalties: The Missouri Department of Revenue follows the federal guidelines on assessment and collection deadlines. During the extension period, assessment and collection deadlines will be extended, and Military Members will not be charged interest and penalties attributable to the extension period. Combat Pay Exclusion: Missouri allows a subtraction of all military income received while serving in a combat zone, which is included in federal adjusted gross income and is not otherwise excluded.
  • Agent Orange Settlement: Payments made from the Agent Orange Fund to a Veteran or his/her dependents are exempt from state tax.
  • Income Tax Exemption for Certain Retirement Benefits: Beginning January 1, 2010, 15 percent of a military pension income will be exempt from state taxes. This tax deduction will increase 15 percent annually until January 1, 2016, when all military retirement & pension income will be tax-free.
  • Retired Military Pay/ Survivor Benefits: For individuals with a modified state adjusted gross income of less than $25,000 or a married couple with a combined income of $32,000, a government pension exemption of up to $6,000 is allowed. If a husband and wife each receive a government pension, each can qualify for an exemption of up to $6,000. SBP benefits are taxed following federal rules.
  • Military Disability Retired Pay: Disability Portion – Length of Service Pay; Member on September 24, 1975 – No tax; Not Member on September 24, 1975 – Taxed, unless combat incurred. Retired Pay – Based solely on disability: Member on September 24, 1975 – No tax; Not Member on September 24, 1975 – Taxed, unless all pay based on disability and disability resulted from armed conflict, extra-hazardous service, simulated war, or an instrumentality of war.
  • VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.
  • Property Tax Exemption: The Homestead Preservation Credit gives qualified senior citizens and 100 percent disabled individuals a credit on their real estate property tax if those taxes increase 2.5 percent in a non-reassessment year or 5 percent in a reassessment year. The credit would be for the amount that exceeds the 2.5 or 5 percent increase in taxes. The act requires a legislative appropriation to fund the credit. If the funding is less than 100 percent, the credit will be a flat statewide percentage based on the appropriation amount. This credit will be applied against the taxes for the following year.
  • Exclusion for Combat Troops: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as well as Missouri tax laws, provides special benefits for active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including those serving in combat zones. For specific information regarding Missouri tax exclusions for combat troops, contact the Missouri Department of Revenue
  • Unemployment Compensation for War on Terror Veterans: A war on terror Veteran is entitled to a weekly benefit for 26 weeks based on eight percent of the highest wages paid to the Veteran in the five calendar quarters prior to deployment. Maximum benefit amount a Veteran can receive is $1,153.64.
  • Unemployment Benefits for Military Spouses: The bill specifies that a claimant seeking unemployment compensation is not disqualified for waiting week credit or benefits, regardless if the claimant has earned wages for insured work equal to 10 times the claimant’s weekly benefit amount, if the claimant quit work in order to relocate with his or her spouse who is on active duty in the United States armed forces, the national guard, or other reserve. If a claimant is not disqualified as a result of this provision, no benefits based on wages paid for work prior to the quitting date can be chargeable to the claimant’s former employer.
  • Vietnam Veteran Survivor Grant Program: Grants available to children and spouses of Vietnam Veterans whose deaths were attributed to, or caused by, exposure to toxic chemicals during the Vietnam conflict.

Montana

  • Property taxes may be suspended for up to 1 year after release from active duty.
  • Income taxes filings may be suspended for up to 6 months after release from active duty, if service qualifies.
  • The first $3,600 of retired pay is exempt from income tax, if Federal Adjusted Gross Income is less than $30,000
  • Insurance premium reduction are available for eligible National Guard members.
  • A $50,000 death benefit is payable to survivors of National Guard members killed while performing state military service.
  • Certain categories of disabled or deceased veterans are eligible to receive property tax waivers for their residence and up to five acres of land.

Nebraska

  • State’s income tax brackets will be adjusted annually for inflation and the amount of Social Security benefits decreased that are in the federal adjusted gross income for state income tax purposes. The adjustment applies to taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $43,000 for single filers and $58,000 for those filing joint returns
  • A partial tax exemption for military retirements for taxable years beginning January 1, 2015 is authorized. The exemption applies to retirements that start on or after July 17, 2012. Military retirees may choose one of the following elections within two calendar years from the date of separation:
  • The military retiree may elect to exempt forty percent of his or her military retirement benefit income for seven consecutive taxable years beginning with the year in which the election is made, or; the military retiree may elect to exempt fifteen percent of his or her military retirement benefit income for taxable years beginning with the year in which he or she turns sixty-seven.
  • Exempt from state income tax while in combat zone, plus period of continuous hospitalization, plus next 180 days.
  • Member killed in action is exempt from state income tax for year killed.
  • Residents of other states are exempt from vehicle taxes while residing in state.
  • National Guard members may be reimbursed for up to 102 percent of costs incurred for employer provided or personally held health insurance during any period of state activation over 31 days.
  • VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation not subject to state taxes.
  • Nebraska homestead exemption for eligible veterans, none remarried widows and widowers of veteran who died because of a service connected disability or of a veteran whose death on active duty was service connected.

Nevada

  • Financial aid program available to assist NG members and their families who face financial hardships when called to Title 10 (Federal) active duty.
  • National Guard members’ SGLI premiums are reimbursed upon completion of a Title 10 activation.
  • National Guard members are eligible for county personal property tax exemptions.
  • Disabled veterans are exempt from property tax.

New Hampshire

  • Standard and optional veteran property tax credits are available for wartime era veterans and their surviving spouses, those determined to be permanently and totally disabled by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and their surviving spouses, and surviving spouses of those killed in action.
  • A $100 bonus for active service in the Vietnam Conflict, Gulf War, or Global War on terrorism is available to those who were NH residents at the time of enlistment.
  • A $100,000 death gratuity is provided to members of the National Guard who die while on State Active Duty.

New Jersey

  • Tax exemptions for housing and food allowances received by NG members serving in state active duty status.
  • Toll road exemption for NG members going to and from drills.
  • Full tax exemption on military pensions (see N.J.S.A. § 54A: 6-26)
  • $250.00 property tax deduction for eligible veterans. Property tax exemption for eligible Veterans rated 100 percent permanent service-connected disabled by the VA.

New Mexico

  • State general fund pays for reimbursement of up to $250,000 life insurance for every member of the National Guard;
  • All honorably discharged veterans qualify for $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of real estate taxes that they or the surviving spouse owns for county taxation purposes; and
  • All property taxes are waived for veterans who are rated 100 percent service connected disabled by the VA, benefits awarded to the surviving spouse also.
  • Any veteran who has suffered the loss, or complete loss of use on one or more limbs due to their service in the military are exempted from excise taxes when purchasing a new vehicle.
  • Any U.S. Congressionally-chartered veteran’s service organization is exempt from paying property tax on the property of its facility.
  • Any business in the State of New Mexico can qualify for up to $1,000 business tax credit for each hire of a recently-returned veteran.

New York

  • No lapse permitted in life insurance for non-payment of premiums for 2 years following activation.
  • Professional liability insurance protection is suspended during activation plus 30 days.
  • Prohibition against foreclosure of mortgage for nonpayment during activation plus 6 months.
  • Protection provided against enforcement of storage liens on household goods.
  • Prohibition of adverse credit reporting for members who previously obtained a stay of obligation under the SCRA.
  • Vehicle lease contracts may be terminated for service members when activated.
  • Interest rates are capped at 6 percent on debts incurred prior to SM activation.
  • Obligation to repay any loan to a public retirement system may be suspended while activated.
  • Localities are allowed to extend payment period of any real estate tax during duty subject to hostile fire or imminent danger.
  • Supplemental burial allowance of $6,000 is provided for members killed in combat zones or dying from wounds incurred in combat.
  • Group Life Insurance premiums reimbursed for eligible service members.
  • Legally blind wartime veterans or their surviving un-remarried spouse receive an annual payment of up to $1318.56 in 2014 and $1341.00 in 2015.
  • Gold Star Parents may receive an annuity payment of up to $500.
  • Partial exemption on real property taxes and school taxes provided to certain veterans or their family members.
  • Veterans are eligible for fixed-rate mortgages with interest rates .5 percent below the interest rates charged on State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) mortgages with closing cost assistance.
  • Military pay received in Title 10 status is exempt from state income taxation.
  • Any state military pay received while serving on any emergency state active duty is exempted from state income taxation.

North Carolina

  • NC Foreclosure Prevention Fund – assists responsible NC homeowners experiencing a temporary, financial hardship to avoid foreclosure. Also assists veterans transitioning to civilian life who are struggling to make their mortgage payments while they are enrolled in VA employment or vocational training programs or attending school on the GI Bill.
  • Retirement Benefits Deduction – Military retirees may deduct up to $4,000 each year of military retirement benefits included in federal taxable income.
  • Retirement Income Exclusion – State and federal retirees, including military, who have five or more years of creditable service prior to August 1989 may exclude their entire retirement income from state income tax.
  • State Income Tax Cancellation or Abatement – Any assessment of state income tax due prior to the time a person was inducted into the Armed Forces will be canceled and abated if the serviceperson was killed while a member or is receiving service-connected disability compensation.
  • State Income Tax Exemption while in Combat Zone – State income tax is canceled for qualifying Armed Forces personnel for the year of death and any prior year ending on or after the first day served in combat.
  • State Property Tax Exemption – Honorably discharged veterans who have a total and permanent service-connected disability or who receive benefits for specially adapted housing are exempt from property tax up to the first $45,000 of the appraised value of their permanent residence. (see N.C.G.S. § 105-277.1C)
  • State Tax Exemption for Motor Vehicles – A motor vehicle, owned by a disabled veteran and altered to accommodate a service-connected disability, is exempt from state tax. (see N.C.G.S. § 105-275.5a)
  • State Tax Exemption for Pay – service members serving in a combat zone or hospitalized as a result of wounds, disease, or injury incurred while serving in a combat zone during any part of a month receive an exclusion from their gross income., the amount excluded from gross income, The exclusion provided by rank is:
    • Enlisted personnel and warrant officers: all military pay for that month;
    • Commissioned officers: limited to the highest rate of enlisted pay plus imminent danger/hostile fire pay.
  • State Tax Exemption for Real and Personal Property – Real and personal property belonging to veterans organizations such as American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars is exempt from state taxes. (see N.C.G.S. § 105-275.17).
  • State Tax Filing Extension – Military personnel serving in a combat zone and their spouses filing tax returns, paying taxes, filing claims for refunds, and taking other actions with the Department of Revenue automatically receive an extension of until at least 180 days after leaving the combat zone or dismissal from a qualified hospitalization. Penalties and interest will not be charged during the extension period. (see 17 NC Administrative Code 06B.3407)
  • State Veterans Cemetery Program – Three state veteran cemeteries provide free burial plots and services to North Carolina veterans and eligible family members. (http://www.doa.nc.gov/vets/cemeteryprogram.aspx)
  • Veteran Service Office Support – A network of 16 district offices are in operation to advocate for veterans and connect them and their family members with benefits and services. The offices support the 100 counties and their respective veteran service organizations in addition to a central processing office in Winston-Salem. (http://www.doa.nc.gov/vets/vso-map.aspx)
  • Veteran State Nursing Homes – provide high-quality care to eligible veterans at four skilled nursing care facilities with 500-bed capacity for veterans and their spouses.

North Dakota

  • No Information Available

Ohio

  • Combat zone pay is not subject to state taxes.
  • Members deployed overseas have an automatic six-month extension to file state tax returns without penalties or interest.
  • State Death Benefit – $100,000 for National Guard members who die while serving on state active duty, Title 32 homeland defense/homeland security or Title 10 duty.
  • State reimburses for SGLI premiums while on state active duty, Title 32 homeland defense/security and Title 10 duty.
  • Military Injury Relief Fund – established by the state of Ohio to financially assist Ohio service-members who were injured as a result of active service in support of OIF and OEF.
  • Ohio Veterans Bonus (www.veteransbonus.ohio.gov)
  • The state supports County Veteran Service Office (CVSO) emergency financial assistance and VA claims assistance programs.
  • $50,000 Homestead Exemption available for 100 percent service connected disabled veterans.
  • Active Duty pay earned outside Ohio is not taxable by the state.
  • Military Retirement Pension is not taxable by the state.
  • Smart Money Choice program (http://www.ohiotreasurer.gov/smartmoneychoices)
  • Ohio Heroes Program – the Ohio Housing Finance Agency provides special interest rate benefits for first time veteran homebuyers.

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma National Guard Relief Program – provides financial relief for approved expenses to qualified NG members; funds generated via an income tax check-off revolving fund (not subject to fiscal year limitations).
  • TAG is authorized to pay/reimburse for insurance premiums for NG members to provide coverage up to $250,000 in service members Group Life Insurance or State Sponsored Life Insurance programs.
  • State income tax deduction for first $1,500 in pay available for members of the Armed Forces.
  • Incentive bonus provided for officer recruits into the Armed Forces.

Oregon

  • State veterans’ home loan available as a separate benefit from the Federal VA Home Loan Guaranty Program.
  • Oregon Veterans Homes for long term care
  • A conservatorship program for when a veteran is unable to manage his or her own personal finances or estate due to any type of disability
  • Property tax deferral and exemption benefits

Pennsylvania

  • NG pay for state active duty for emergencies exempt from state income tax
  • Federal military pay earned outside of the state exempt from state income tax
  • Retirement income exempt from state income tax
  • Qualifying 100 percent disabled veterans may be exempt from real estate tax.
  • State reimbursement of SGLI premiums for NG members deployed to combat zone
  • State sponsored blind veterans’ pension of $150 per month
  • State sponsored paralyzed veterans’ pension of $150 per month
  • Bargain rate loans for honorably discharged veterans from PA Housing Finance Agency
  • $75 – $525 per month for qualified veterans of Persian Gulf conflict and $5,000 to POWs and beneficiaries of service members who died in the line of duty
  • Health insurance for PNG members who are full time students, under parents’ health insurance policies when deployed 30 days or more
  • Families entitled to a $100K benefit if NG service member is killed in the line of duty.
  • Health insurance coverage for eligible NG and Reserve returning from deployment who are full-time students
  • Six State Veteran Homes with skilled nursing /dementia care
  • Free assistance for veterans and their dependents applying for federal, state, and county benefits with accredited County Veterans Service Officers.
  • TRICARE Reserve Select medical benefits provided for NG and Reserve. Support personnel located throughout the state to assist service members enroll for medical and dental insurance programs.

Rhode Island

  • Six-month extension to file a state personal income tax return without accruing any penalties or interest
  • Suspension of collection efforts for personal income taxes as long as a Guard Member is mobilized, and an additional six months upon return
  • Several municipalities offer tax exemptions to veterans.
  • Reimbursement of SGLI premiums for NG personnel mobilized in excess of 30 days

South Carolina

  • No Information Available

South Dakota

  • Property tax exemptions for certain categories of disabled veterans for equipment, remodeling or other improvements for their home related to addressing their disability.
  • $100,000 property tax exemption of the full and true value of a dwelling that is owned and occupied by a veteran who is rated permanently and totally disabled from a service connected disabilities, or the unmarried surviving spouse of such veteran.
  • Veterans with qualifying service may receive a bonus payment of up to $500.

Tennessee

  • Property tax relief for disabled veterans and surviving spouses
  • County motor privilege tax exemption for permanently disabled veterans
  • Motor sales tax exemption for eligible active duty service members
  • State park discounts

Texas

  • NG aligned with federal pay and allowances
  • Deferral of property taxes for mobilized members of the Reserve components
  • Allows military members who are deployed out of state or out of country due to military service to continue to be able to claim the homestead tax exemption on their home for up to two years.
  • Extends the period a person activated during a war or national emergency may claim a winning lottery prize.
  • Texas Veterans Commission benefits: property tax exemptions for disabled veterans, no cost medical records, free recording of discharges, availability of TX State Veterans Homes and TX State Cemetery Program
  • Texas Veterans Land Board Program, which offers 3 types of loans to qualified vets: land loans, home loans and home improvement loans

Utah

  • Disabled veterans property tax exemption
  • Utility abatement program
  • Free access to most of the 41 state controlled parks, national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas and national wildlife refuges for qualifying veterans
  • Reduced fares for public transit for qualified veterans

Vermont

  • Veterans with 50 percent or greater service-connected disability are eligible for a property tax reduction
  • Various emergency financial assistance funds for activated military members, including active and reserve, and veterans available through the VTNG Family Support Program and the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs
  • Interment at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery for the veteran and spouse
  • Eligibility for residence at the Vermont Veterans Home
  • $50,000 death benefit to family when a VTNG member dies on state duty

Virginia

  • Property tax exemption for veterans who have a 100 percent, service-related disability. The exemption would apply to the principal residence and the land, not exceeding one acre, upon which it is situated.
  • Property tax exemption for surviving spouse of an eligible veteran, if the veteran died on or after January 1, 2011. The exemption would apply to the principal residence and the land, not exceeding one acre, upon which it is situated.

Washington

  • Veterans’ benefits for disability exempted from income when determining property tax exemption.
  • Veterans Estate Management Program – provides fiduciary services to veterans’ rates as incompetent to handle their own finances by the federal VA or by the Social Security Administration.

West Virginia

  • Homestead Exemption For Certain Eligible Veterans: This normally applies to 100 percent
  • Service-connected permanent and total disabled veterans. Specific information is available through the local County Assessor’s Office.
  • Available Tax incentives for employers hiring an unemployed Guardsman, Reservists and service disable veteran under the state Military Incentive Program.
  • Minimum pay of $100.00 per day, plus subsistence and quarters while on state duty.
  • Officers/Warrant officers receive $100.00 uniform allowance per year.
  • National Guard Association of West Virginia provides supplemental life insurance coverage.
  • Homestead exemption for certain eligible veterans.
  • Coal Field Community Action:
    o Administers Supportive Services for Veteran’s Families (SSVF) grant
    o The services are for low income Veteran families who are:

    • residing in permanent housing;
    • Homeless and scheduled to become residents of permanent housing within a specific time period, or
    • Exiting permanent housing within a specific time period and seeking other housing that is responsive to their needs. The funding is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Economic and Community Development Initiatives:
    o Facilitates agriculture development opportunities for Guard members and Veterans
    o Fosters relationships with private land owners the WVNG partners with for potential development projects
    o Provides small business opportunity counseling for Guards members and veterans
  • State Veterans Home (Domiciliary): Domiciliary care in Veterans Home is for ambulatory veterans who are able to go to the dining room without help; dress themselves; make own beds, and participate in an assigned therapeutic activity. A veteran may be charged for care if he is able to pay.
  • Bonus payments for veterans of certain conflicts.

Wisconsin

  • Financial/credit protection replicates SCRA and USERRA.
  • Individual income tax exemption for pay received from federal government while on deployment in designated oversea areas.
  • Terminate lease with written notice when activated more than 90 days.
  • Maximum interest rate on obligations or liabilities bearing interest.
  • State military pay tax exemptions mirror federal tax exemptions.
  • State tax exemption for military retired pay (certain restrictions apply).
  • Death gratuity exemption.
  • Tax filing extension.
  • Property tax exemption for totally disabled and individually unemployable veterans and certain un-remarried surviving spouses.

Wyoming

  • Wyoming Veterans Property Tax Exemption – Veterans must be residents of Wyoming for three years prior to applying, and must have a DD214 form or equivalent from their branch of service. The program provides up to $3,000 reduction in property tax assessment each year with no lifetime cap.
  • Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery – Free interment for veterans, spouse, or minor child of an eligible veteran.
  • Payment for Burial Details (Honor Guard) – State reimbursement of $50 payable to a Wyoming Veterans Service Organization for funeral honors performed for Wyoming Veterans.
  • Burial of Indigent Veterans – provision of $500 to support the interment of eligible veterans with proof of discharge, with the exception of dishonorably discharged veterans.
  • Wyoming Military Assistance Trust Fund – provides tax exempt emergency financial assistance to eligible DoD military service members and families. Program offers a broad safety net to military families with emphasis on those members who have been called to active service.
  • Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance – provides for reimbursement of insurance premiums up to $250,000.00 in insurance coverage for eligible WY NG Service members.
  • National Guard Health Care Provider Retention Program – provides assistance to qualified health care providers actively serving in the WYNG towards the cost of medical malpractice insurance premiums.

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