On November 12, 2013, Governor Snyder signed a new law granting property tax relief for disabled veterans. The law took immediate effect.
The new law provides that a disabled veteran, who was honorably discharged, is completely exempt from property taxes on his homestead. The veteran must file an affidavit with the local assessor’s office showing that he/she meets the definition of “disabled” and providing a description of the real estate he/she claims as his homestead. As used in this law, a “disabled veteran” means a person who is a resident of Michigan and who meets ONE of the following criteria:
- Has been determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100% rate.
- Has a certificate from the U.S. Veterans’ Administration certifying that he is receiving or has received monetary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing.
- Has been rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as individually unemployable.
The exemption continues for the surviving spouse who owns and uses the home as his/her homestead. The spouse must file an affidavit with the assessor stating that he/she is the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran and showing the facts to prove the veteran was disabled under one of three definitions in the law. The exemption from paying property taxes will continue as long as the surviving spouse remains unmarried.