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What Is The Disabled Veteran Exemption And Who Can Qualify?

The Disabled Veterans' Exemption is available for qualified veterans to reduce their property tax liability. Along with the disability requirements, a qualified veteran is one that has been honorably discharged from one of the military services and served during one of the time periods listed in California Constitution Article XIII, section 3(o). See Veterans’ Exemption for a complete description of a qualified veteran. In order for property to qualify for the Disabled Veterans' Exemption, it must be used as the principal place of residence of the veteran or the unmarried surviving spouse of a qualified disabled veteran. One exception to this requirement occurs when the claimant is confined to a hospital or other care facility and the property would be that claimant's principal place of residence were it not for such confinement, provided that the residence is not rented or leased. The property may be owned by the veteran, the veteran's spouse, or the veteran and spouse jointly.

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1. What is the Welfare Exemption?
2. How does an organization file a claim for the Welfare or Veterans' Organization Exemption?
3. When must a claim for the Welfare or Veterans' Organization Exemption claim be filed?
4. What documents do I file with the assessor to request a Welfare or Veterans' Organization exemption from property taxes?
5. What documents do I file with the BOE to request an Organizational Clearance Certificate?
6. According to the Internal Revenue Service, my nonprofit organization is a section 501(c)(3) organization and, therefore, exempt from income taxes. Why must we file separately for a Welfare Exemption
7. The assessor determined that the property was not eligible for the welfare or veterans' organization exemption. What is my recourse if I do not agree?
8. Who Can Claim The Church Exemption?
9. Who Can Claim The Religious Exemption?
10. What Is The Disabled Veteran Exemption And Who Can Qualify?
11. Can I Receive Both The Disabled Veterans Exemption and the Homeowners Exemption?
12. What Is The Definition Of A Principle Place Of Residence?
13. What Is The Difference Between A Property Tax Exemption And An Exclusion?