All 16 state school districts have approved for Veterans with a 100% disability rating a tax credit equal to their non-vocational school district property tax.
House Bill 214 with House Amendment 1, which was signed into law Aug. 10, authorized the Disabled Veterans School Property Tax Credit to eligible disabled veterans. Districts were required to opt in for it to take place.
“Many of our disabled veterans struggle physically, mentally and financially,” said Josh Matticks, director of the state Office of Veterans Services “Providing them an exemption from school property taxes will alleviate a financial burden.”
To qualify, applicants must:
- Receive 100% disability compensation due to service-connected, permanent and total disability based on individual unemployability or a 100% disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
- Have held legal domicile in Delaware for the past three years.
- Pay their property tax bill in full by the end of each tax year to qualify for this credit in a subsequent property tax year.
Credit applications are due by April 30, 2022 to receive credit for the 2022 tax year.
Applicants must provide:
- A valid driver’s license or official state ID.
- Documentation of disability.
- A copy of their Social Security Card.
Individuals may also contact the county office in which they live: New Castle County at (302) 395-5520; Kent County at (302) 744-2401; and Sussex County at (302) 855-7871.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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