Property tax relief for disabled veterans

There is no question that Texas takes care of her veterans and their families. One of the great benefits the state offers is a property tax exemption for service-connected disabled veterans and their surviving spouse.  The amount of the tax exemption will depend on several factors, most importantly, the veteran’s disability rating and whether he or she is claiming it on their homestead or other personal property. 

Veterans may qualify for the minimum personal property tax exemption if they have at least a 10% service-connected disability rating as determined by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.  With the personal property exemption, the assessed value of the property is reduced by a certain amount based on the veteran’s disability rating (please see the chart below).  Once the exemption has been calculated, the veteran will pay property taxes on a lesser amount.  For example:  A veteran with a 10% disability rating and a home valued at $105,000 will pay property taxes on $100,000 once the exemption has been applied. 

Disability Rating                     Reduction in Assessed Property Value                     

10% but less than 30%                        $5,000

30% but less than 50%                        $7,500

50% but less than 70%                        $10,000

70% or more                                      $12,000

Veterans with a 100% service-connected disability rating may receive the maximum property tax exemption on their homestead.  If the veteran qualifies for the 100% residential homestead exemption, he or she will not pay any property taxes on that homestead.  

Under certain conditions, a surviving spouse may also be entitled to a tax exemption.

Several factors must be considered to determine the veteran or surviving spouse’s exemption.  The Chief Tax Appraiser in each tax district is the one who will make the final determination on the amount of the exemption granted to the veteran or the surviving spouse.  We urge all veterans who believe they may be eligible for a property tax exemption to either contact their tax appraisal district or the State of Texas Property Tax Assistance Division. You can also reach the Property Tax Assistance Division by calling 800-252-9121 or by email at ptad.cpa@cpa.state.tx.us.

Tax Exemption Forms: Application for Residence Homestead Exemption and Application for Disabled Veteran’s or Survivor’s Exemption.

You served your country with honor and dignity and Texas wants to say thank you for your distinguished service and sacrifice.

13 thoughts on “Property tax relief for disabled veterans

  1. I need some information about property taxes. Husband is a disabled veteran at 100% and his wife is caregiver and has a dependency claim was approved. Property is in wife’s name.

    My question: Since she is his caregiver and his dependent can she get relief on her property taxes?

    • Thank you for contacting us, Mr. Johnson. I sent you a email with my contact details. Please give us a call when you have a few moments and we will be happy to help in any way we can. Have a great day!

  2. TVC,

    I am currently living with my fiancée under common law and consider this my home of dwelling. In order to receive a tax exemption does the veteran have to be legally married? My fiancée owns the property, will the veterans name need to be reflected on the deed?

  3. We recently retired after 25+ years in our Army and returned home to our Great State. This website has been very helpful and informative. Thank you VLB for making our transition and return home feel so welcoming.

    J. Craig Flowers
    Colonel, US Army (retired)
    Texan

    • Congratulations on your retirement Colonel Flowers and welcome back to Texas. Please let us know if we can ever offer you any assistance. We appreciate your service and are honored to serve you.

  4. Seniors over 65 also receive a reduction on property taxes. Is the disabled veteran’s exemption added to the senior citizen exemption or is it either one or the other?

    • Thank you for contacting us, Mr. Hammond. The VLB does not administer the property tax exemption program. We just wanted to share the valuable information with our veterans. The representatives at the State Property Tax Assistance Division will be able to give you all the details about the various exemptions. Please give them a call at 800-252-9121 or email at ptad.cpa@cpa.state.tx.us. You can also find more information on their website at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/. Thank you for your service.

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