Veterans Affairs Office sets December 28th to help veterans file property tax exemptions

INDIANA – Lawrence County Veterans Affairs Officer Brad Bough told the commissioners Tuesday morning that his office will be open on Thursday, December 28th, to help veterans eligible for a property tax deduction file their paperwork. They need to do so by December 31, 2022.

Brad Bough

“Lawrence County has more than 37,000 veterans. Exceptions are also available to widows of veterans. We will be open from 8:00 a.m. and take our last walk-in at 3:00 p.m. to ensure we have time to file all the paperwork.”

The Veterans Affairs office is located in the basement of the Lawrence County Courthouse.

Any disabled veteran or widow of a veteran who severed during a time of war can file. The deductions vary.

“If a veteran has already filed, they do not need to refile. But if they have never filed, they must do so before the first of the year, or if they have moved to a new property, they must refile,” added Bough. “A widow of a veteran receiving the deduction must refile after their spouse’s death so the exemption is in their name. If they need help filling out, we are happy to help.”

There are three types of property tax deductions.

Property Tax Deduction for Veterans and Spouses of KIA: $14,000 deduction for veterans who served during peacetime or the surviving spouse of a service member who was killed in action or died during active duty. The veteran must be disabled or 62, with a 10% service-connected disability rating. There is an assessed value limit of $200,000.

Property Tax Deduction for Wartime Veterans: $24,960 deduction for wartime veterans with at least a 10% service-connected disability rating. There is no assessed value limit for this benefit.

Property Tax Combination for Certain Disabled Wartime Veterans: A veteran who served during a period of war and is at least 62 years old with a 10% service-connected disability rating OR has a permanent and total service-connected disability rating at any age AND whose home’s assessed value is $200,000 or less, can receive both property tax deductions for a total of $38,960.

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