Property tax exemption for certain veterans

Status:Passed

Question: Shall the Constitution be amended to require the General Assembly to provide a real property tax exemption for the principal residence of a veteran, or his or her surviving spouse, if the veteran has a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability?

EXPLANATION

Present Law:
Currently, the Constitution does not grant real estate tax exemptions specifically to veterans. However, the Constitution does allow the General Assembly to give localities the power to grant full or partial exemptions from real estate taxes to persons 65 years of age or older or for persons permanently and totally disabled who "bear an extraordinary tax burden" in relation to their income and financial worth. This exemption applies to owner-occupied property used as the sole dwelling of such persons.

Proposed Amendment:
The proposed amendment would require the General Assembly to pass a law exempting from local taxation the principal residence owned and occupied by any veteran with a one hundred percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability. The veteran's surviving spouse could continue to claim the exemption so long as he or she does not remarry and continues to occupy the home as his or her principal residence.

 

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Political Pulse

Do you support or oppose Property tax exemption for certain veterans?

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Support Property tax exemption for certain veterans
 
70%
Oppose Property tax exemption for certain veterans
 
30%
 
 

Comments

Supporting Discussion

tgu3

i think it is the least virginia can do for someone who has given so much! to be 100% disabled is no small sacrifice and they all deserve our support and respect.

Winston

The Veteran Tax Amendment deserves a solid YES vote. The amendment is actually narrow in there are only about 7000 that are 100% permanently disabled Vets in the Commonwealth and only about 4000 own homes. These Veterans who sacrificed for our Nation deserve our vote -- and respect. Vote YES for amendment 2.

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