We are grateful for the dedication and accomplishments of our veterans and the property tax assessment administrative process should be simplified to assist taxpayers in receiving their full tax benefits due under the law.

The California Constitution and Revenue and Taxation Code section 205.5 provide for a property tax exemption for the home of a disabled veteran or an unmarried spouse of a deceased disabled veteran. Qualifications include:

  • A veteran who is totally disabled (service related 100% or 100% unemployable), or is blind in both eyes or has lost the use of more than one limb as a result of injury or disease during military service.    
  • The unmarried surviving spouse of a qualifying Disabled Veteran who during the veteran’s lifetime was either receiving the exemption or would have qualified for the exemption had the veteran applied for it.  
  • The unmarried surviving spouse of a qualifying veteran who died on active duty as the result of a service-connected disease or injury.

On September 30, 2016 Senate Bill 1458 was signed into law expanding eligibility for the disabled veterans’ property tax exemption to military veterans who previously did not qualify.  A side issue had emerged with increasing delays in veterans’ receiving the required official government disability rating. This delay often extended beyond 4 years sometimes resulting in an administrative burdensome process for the veteran to receive the full tax reduction benefit for the allowed 8 years.  The Sacramento County Assessor’s office recognized a remedy to the administrative process and was instrumental in collaborating with interested parties to craft a revision to existing law to allow the Assessor to correct the property tax roll up to eight years from the existing limitation of 4 years.  As a result, disabled veterans now receive the full benefit of the exemption with less administrative bureaucracy.

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