New Surviving Spouse Property Tax Value Exclusion Info Sheet

 

 

 

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Greetings DAV Members and Supporters:
I am reaching out today to announce a major victory for the DAV of MN and the Veterans of Minnesota. Gov. Dayton signed a new tax bill at the end of the Special Session, in the bill was a provision to assist the surviving spouses of some of our most seriously disabled Veterans.
The bills we worked on as group, HF 119 & SF 84, is what was included in the Tax Bill. These bills were to allow for a Veteran¡¦s Widow(er) to file a first-time Property Tax Value Exclusion. The bills also contained a provision to expand the $300,000 Property Tax Value Exclusion to any surviving spouse receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) and they may file a first-time application.

Before the session started I sent you all a letter saying with this legislation we were sending a message, it said; ¡§If a Veteran dies directly as a result of their service to this country, we want their surviving spouse protected!¡¨. You all sent that message loud and clear. Hundreds of us showed up for Veterans Day on the Hill, hundreds attended the informational meetings around the state, I testified 6 times with dozens of our members showing their support in room (wearing their hats!).

It was a lot of work, but together with one voice, we made it happen. From idea to law in one session is very rare in the legislative process and we should be proud as an organization, and Veterans community, for this accomplishment. I would also like to thank Rep. Dettmer and Sen. Lang for authoring the bills, to PDC Aguirre for his support and leadership throughout and the service organization in the Commander¡¦s Task Force (CTF) and the members of the United Veterans Legislative Council (UVLC).

You can all be very proud of this accomplishment. However, we have more work to do and the time to start that work is NOW. Attached is a summary of the new rules, please spread the word we only have until August 1st to get these widows signed up for this benefit for tax year 2018. Any question or concerns can be sent to: [email protected]
Regards, Trent C Dilks
Legislative Director
DAV of MN

*As always, please feel free to forward this message to any who may be interested, all I ask is you keep
my contact information attached. I never trust something unless a person is willing to put their name on
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New Surviving Spouse Property Tax Value Exclusion Info Sheet

There have been some significant changes to the MN Disabled Veterans Property Tax Value Exclusion because of the 2017 Tax Bill.
Background

In the past for a widow to be eligible for 8 continuing years of Property Tax Value Exclusion (PTVE) the Veteran must have been rated 100% T&P and receiving the benefit at the time they passed. This meant if a Veteran became ill quickly with a service connected condition and passed away quickly the surviving spouse would be excluded from this benefit.
What Changed

„h Surviving spouses of 100% T&P Veterans are still eligible for 8yrs of exclusion, however, they can now file a 1st time application for the benefit if the Veteran passes away quickly and was not receiving, or had not applied, if they apply within 2 years or by 1 June 2019, whichever is later
„h The biggest expansion is any spouse receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) may now be eligible regardless of the Veteran¡¦s service connection percentage (details below).
o If the Veteran passed away after 12/31/2011.
o The surviving spouse is still living in the same home
o The Veteran was honorably discharged
To get this benefit for tax payable year 2018 the application deadline is 1 August 2017 so please get this information out to any surviving spouse of a Veteran. Free assistance is available from the County Veterans Service Officer(CVSO) and applications must be made to the County Assessor¡¦s Office. You can find contact information for your local CVSO at www.macvso.org
Any question or concerns can be sent to: [email protected]
Regards, Trent C Dilks
Legislative Director
DAV of MN

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