VA Credit Program

ASSESSOR

100% Service-Connected Disabled Veterans Property Tax Benefit

The Veterans Property Tax Benefit is a program that reduces property taxes for qualified veterans via a credit provided by the State Tax Commission. 100% service-connected disabled veterans in Idaho are eligible to have their property tax bill reduced by as much as $1,320 on their primary residence and up to one acre of land.

This program does not have an income limit and does not place a lien on the property.  Solid waste, irrigation or other fees cannot be reduced by the Veterans Property Tax Benefit. The application for this program can be submitted by itself or in conjunction with an application for the Property Tax Reduction program (PTR). More information on the PTR can be found here.

When to Apply

Annual application is required for the Veterans Property Tax Benefit each year; it does not automatically renew like the homeowner’s exemption.

Applications are accepted between January 1st – April 15th of each year.  In person applications are not required.  Applications may be mailed or placed in our drop boxes which are inside either entrance of the Administration Building.  Applications may also be faxed, or emailed as long as there is a good clear image and sensitive information can be kept secure.

How to Qualify

People who meet both criterions list below may be candidates for the VA Credit Program.

  • Qualify for and have an active Homeowner’s Exemption
  • Rated or paid at 100% service-connected disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as of January 1st

Documentation Required

  • Completed application which can be requested from our office or downloaded here.
  • Current letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs confirming you are either rated or paid at 100% service-connected disability as of January 1st
    • An updated disability letter is required each year unless the claimant’s disability is described by the VA as permanent
  • Driver’s License, Photo ID, Social Security Card, and/or Birth Certificate; first time applicants only

Summary

We mail applications to returning applicants each January. You may also receive an application for the PTR program; please only complete the applications that are applicable to your situation.

The Veterans Property Tax Benefit can only be applied for between January 1st and April 15th.  To continue receiving this benefit, you must apply and qualify each year. It is not renewed automatically.

Extensions cannot be filed on this program and the signed application is the minimum required to meet the deadline.

Once the application is accepted and approved at the county level, it is sent to the State Tax Commission for final approval. At that point, questions regarding the status of an application should to be directed to the state.  If the application is approved by the state, a reduction will appear on the property tax notice sent the following December. No other notification is given unless the state has questions or needs more documentation.

For more information contact the Idaho State Tax Commission  at (208)334-7736.

Main Assessor Location

111 N. 11th Ave Caldwell

Main Assessor - Suite 250
Plat Room - Suite 230
Rural Dept - Suite 220

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