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January 12, 2011 Written by 

Disabled Veterans Exemption

If you are a veteran who is rated 100% service-connected disabled by the Veterans Administration (or if you are the surviving spouse of such a veteran), you may be eligible for an exemption of up to $150,000 of the assessed value of your principal place of residence.

Under certain conditions disabled veterans and spouses of deceased veterans may be eligible for a disabled veterans' exemption. Depending on your assessed value, the disabled veterans' exemption may exempt up to $100,000 off of the assessed value of your home. The exemption may increase to $150,000 if you claim and qualify for the low-income exemption on a yearly basis.

Once the disabled veterans' exemption is granted, it will remain in effect either until you are no longer on title to the property, you move from the property, or your disability rating changes. However, if you are claiming the increased exemption amount, you will need to annually file a claim and complete an income worksheet.

Qualifying Conditions for Disabled Veteran

  • The property must be the veteran's principal place of residence.
  • The veteran must be on title to the property (including ownership in a corporation).
  • The veteran, due to a service-connected condition, is rated by the Veterans Administration as 100% disabled, is compensated as 100% disabled, is blind in both eyes, or has lost the use of two or more limbs.

Filing Requirements for Exemption

  • Completed claim form
  • Copy of letter from the Veterans Administration verifying service-connected disability or death (if veteran is deceased).
  • Copy of veteran's discharge papers (DD214).
  • Completed income worksheet, if applying for increased amount.

 Claim for Disabled Veterans' Property Tax Exemption

 Disabled Veterans' HouseHold Income Worksheet

Qualifying Conditions for Spouse of Disabled Veteran

  • The spouse was married to the veteran at the time of the veteran's death.
  • The spouse is unmarried.
  • The spouse is on title to the property.

and either

  • The veteran died as a result of a service-connected condition or while on active duty.

or

  • The veteran was eligible for the disabled veterans' exemption during his/her lifetime.

Additional filing requirements for spouse of veteran:

  • Copy of marriage certificate
  • Copy of veteran's death certificate

In most cases, the filing deadline is 5:00 p.m. on February 15 for 100% of the exemption amount.



Exemption Division

County Government Center
East Wing, 5th 
Floor
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: 408-299-6460
Fax: 408-271-8812
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