Disabled Veterans Exemption
You may qualify for a property tax exemption if you are either a totally disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran.
This exemption from property tax is available for 100% disabled veterans. The exemption would apply to certain injured veterans and their surviving spouses. The exemption would be for the full fair cash value of the homestead. To qualify for the exemption an injured veteran would have to meet several requirements.
· First, the veteran must have been honorably discharged from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Oklahoma National Guard.
· Second, the veteran would have to be a State resident.
· Third, the veteran would have to have a 100% permanent disability.
· Fourth, the disability would have to have been sustained through military action or accident, or resulting from a disease contracted while in active service.
· Fifth, the disability would have to be certified by U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
· Finally, the veteran would have to be qualified for homestead exemption.
The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) has sent a letter to every veteran qualified for this property tax break. The applicant must provide to the county assessor an original U.S.D.V.A. benefits award letter issued for qualification specific to this exemption that certifies the 100% service related disability, or the applicant is in receipt of compensation at the 100% rate.
If a 100% disabled veteran does not have the award letter, they can contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs toll free number of (800) 827-1000. If you need to contact the ODVA in Muskogee call toll free at (888) 655-2838.
Once you receive a homestead exemption or a disabled veteran's exemption, you do not have to reapply unless your status changes. If you move to a new home, you will have to submit a new homestead and DAV application.