Veterans Disability Exemptions

Service Connected Disability Exemption - $5,000

This exemption is available to any property owner who is a permanent resident of the state of Florida and a Veteran.  Veterans entitled to this exemption must submit a letter from the Veterans Administration (Letter #27-125) stating that they have a permanent disability to a degree of 10% or more.  The spouse of a deceased honorably discharged Veteran who was married for a minimum of 5 years is also eligible for this exemption.  This letter can be obtained by contacting the Department of Veterans Affairs at (800) 827-1000 and requesting the form letter listed above.

Total and Permanent Disability Exemption (Service Connected) – Ad Valorem Taxes Waived

This exemption is available to any honorably discharged veteran deemed totally and permanently disabled, surviving spouse of the disabled veteran as well as the spouse of the veteran who died from service connected causes while on active duty.  To qualify for this exemption, the veteran must be a permanent resident of the State of Florida or have been so at the time of death, and the veteran or surviving spouse must own and occupy property in Sarasota County as their permanent residence as of January 1st  of the year for which the exemption is being filed.

It is very important know: According to the Veterans Administration, a veteran with a rating of 100% for purposes of compensation DOES NOT qualify as Totally and Permanently Disabled. That veteran does not qualify for the total ad valorem tax exemption but does qualify for the $5,000 exemption.

According to the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, a veteran should request a "FLORIDA HOMESTEAD LETTER", VAFL-27333 from the Veterans Administration and present that letter to the Property Appraiser to verify their status as totally and permanently disabled and the date as of which that status was granted. This letter may be obtained by contacting the Department of Veterans Affairs at 800.827.1000.

Disabled Veterans’ Property Tax Discount - % Discount

This exemption is available to any honorably discharged veteran who is at least 65 years old and is deemed to be totally and permanently disabled to a degree of 10% or more.  All or a portion of such disability must have been combat related and the Veteran must have been a resident of Florida at the time of entering the military.  The veteran must own and occupy property in Sarasota County as their permanent residence as of January  1st of the year for which the exemption is being filed.

Veterans who qualify may receive a percentage discount on Homestead property taxes equal to the percentage of the Veteran’s permanent service connected disability as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs at (800) 827-1000.

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