From the Office of Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson —
NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2012–
TAX EXEMPTION FOR SURVIVING SPOUSE
OF 100% DISABLED VETERAN
As the New Year approaches, I wanted to remind those who are eligible that a “surviving spouse” homestead property tax exemption now applies to the widow of a veteran whose service-connected disability rating was 100%.
In 2007, the grateful voters of Texas approved an amendment to the Texas Constitution which allowed for the total exemption of a homestead property for veterans whose service-connected disability rating was 100%. This change was codified in the 2009 legislative session.
The latest change for surviving spouses was ratified by voters and codified by the Legislature in 2011. Of the nine ballot proposals on the statewide ballot, the surviving spouse property tax exemption garnered — by far — the most support, with 82.9% support.
Although the change in law has taken effect, a surviving spouse is required to apply for the exemption with their local appraisal district. The exemption remains in effect as long as the spouse has not remarried and the property is used as the primary homestead of the surviving spouse.
As the House sponsor of the constitutional amendment for the surviving spouse provision, and Vice Chair of the Texas Veterans’ Caucus, my colleagues and I wanted to ensure the intent of Texans that a surviving spouse of a 100% disabled veteran would not face losing their home for tax purposes upon the death of the veteran.
Check with your county tax office for the proper forms to fill out if you are the surviving spouse of a 100% disabled veteran; or, you can download and print a form from the following link: