Veterans with a service-connected disability as certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs may be eligible for certain tax exemptions.
This exemption applies to a principal residence. It is available to a veteran or the veteran's unmarried surviving spouse if the veteran, because of injury or disease incurred in military service, is blind in both eyes, has lost the use of two or more limbs, or is otherwise classified as totally disabled by the Veteran’s Administration. The exemption varies in size based upon your household income.
Claim forms must be accompanied by:
If you are the surviving spouse of a qualified veteran:
For supplemental assessments, the full exemption is available if the filing is made by the 30th day following the mailing of Notice of Supplemental Assessment. Claims filed after that date, but on or before the date on which the first supplemental tax installment is due, will receive a partial exemption. Only those receiving the $150,000+ exemption must file annually.
Yes, but they must be for different properties.
If the claimant disagrees with the assessor's determination of ineligibility for the welfare exemption, the claimant may seek a refund of property taxes paid by filing a claim for refund with the county board of supervisors. If the refund claim is denied, the organization may file a refund action in superior court.
A Disabled Veteran's Exemption claim form must be filed with the Assessor's Office along with a letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) (or from the military service which discharged the veteran) certifying that the veteran has a service-connected disability rating of 100% or is rated 100% because of unemployability.
If the letter from the USDVA does not state that the veteran was honorably discharged, then a copy of the veteran’s DD214 attesting to an honorable discharge must also be submitted. You may call, fax, or mail a request for the appropriate form, or pick up the claim forms in person at 800 South Victoria Avenue, Hall of Administration, Ventura, CA 93003-1270.
Yes. An unmarried surviving spouse can qualify if:
If the surviving spouse is claiming the exemption for the first time, a Disabled Veteran’s exemption must be completed and submitted with a copy of the couple’s marriage certificate and evidence from the Veteran’s Administration that the veteran was 100% disabled due to a service-connected disease or disability or that the veteran died as a result of a service-connected disease or disability.
If the letter from the Veteran’s Administration does not give the date of death, a death certificate must also be submitted in order to allow the assessor to determine the effective date of the exemption.
If the disabled veteran had received the exemption during the veteran’s lifetime, the surviving spouse may continue to receive the exemption. The assessor may ask for a marriage certificate to ensure that the claimant is eligible. The exemption would terminate if the surviving spouse remarries.