Disabled Vets must file exemption affidavit

November 29, 2013

Recently Governor Snyder signed into law Public Act 161 of 2013. This ACT amends MCL 211.7b regarding property tax exemption for disabled veterans, who were discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States under honorable conditions, and unremarried surviving spouses of eligible disabled veterans.

As used in this section, “DISABLED VETERAN” means a person who is a resident of this state and who meets one (1) of the following criteria:

• Has been determined by The United States 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 United States Veterans’ Administration, or its successors, certifying that he or she is receiving or has received pecuniary assistance due to disability for SPECIALLY ADAPTED HOUSING.

• Has been rated by The United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs as INDIVIDUALLY UNEMPLOYABLE.

To obtain the exemption, an AFFIDAVIT showing the facts required by this section and a legal description of the property shall be filed by the property owner or his or her legal designee with the supervisor or other assessing officer during the period beginning with the tax day for each year and ending at the time of final adjournment of the local board of review.

To have 2013 property taxes exempt, the affidavit needs to be filed with the local assessor as soon as possible for the December Board of Review.

This AFFIDAVIT can be obtained at the Clare County Veterans Affairs Office located in the Clare County Court House, 225 W. Main St, Harrison, MI 48625.

Any questions regarding this ACT can be directed to the Clare County Veterans Affairs Office at 989-539-3273.

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