California to Expand Property Tax Exemption Eligibility for Disabled Veterans

Friday, September 30, 2016

An advocate for Veterans, Senator Janet Nguyen is proud to announce that Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1458, authored by Senator Pat Bates and coauthored by Senator Nguyen. This new law expands eligibility for the Disabled Veteran’s Property Tax Exemption (Disabled Veteran’s Exemption) by conforming State and Federal law; thereby ensuring that Veterans who receive federal disability benefits at 100 percent will also be eligible to receive a property tax exemption from the state of California.

“Through SB 1458 we can assist Veterans receiving service-connected disability benefits so that they can receive a property tax exemption on their home. These Veterans have made immeasurable sacrifices for our nation and it is important that we show them the same level of commitment that they have made to all of us,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “I am proud to have co-authored this bill and applaud Senator Bates for her initiative in addressing the needs of our Veteran population.”

Under current law, Veterans who are receiving federal disability benefits at 100 percent for a service connected disability are unable to receive a property tax exemption unless they are Honorably Discharged. Under SB 1458, Veterans who receive a General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions or a Discharge under other than Honorable Conditions would also be eligible to qualify for this exemption. Veterans would not be eligible to apply if received a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge. 

The exemption parameters of the Property Tax Exemption include:

  • Must be a principal residence of a Veteran
  • Exempted from taxation up to $100,000 and up to $150,000 if the household income of the veteran is under $40,000 annually

In addition to providing an exemption, SB 1458 contains provisions that allow County Assessors to process assessment roll corrections beyond four years relating to this exemption. Veterans interested in applying for this exemption should contact their County Assessor for more information.

SB 1458 was supported by Veterans’ organizations including: the American G. I. Forum of California; AMVETS-Department of California; American Legion-Department of California; California Association of County Veteran Service Officers; VFW-Department of California; and Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council.

As representative of California’s Thirty-Fourth District, home to two military bases and the VA Hospital, Veterans issues are very important to Senator Nguyen, who is also a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and the Governor’s Military Council.