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 an annual credit provided by the state. 100% service-connected disabled veterans in Idaho are eligible to have their property tax bill reduced by as much as $1,320 on their home and up to one acre of land.

This program does not have an income limit and does NOT place a lien on your 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

You must apply 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. The earlier you can make it into our office, the better, since lines begin to form the closer we get to the deadline. If you are applying for this program alone, January or February is a good time to come into our office.

How to Qualify

You may qualify for the Veterans Property Tax Benefit in 2020 if both of the following apply:

  • You were recognized as 100% service-connected disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as of January 1, 2020
    • Your disability rating or evaluation percentage must be at 100%
    • At this time, compensation percentage is not taken into consideration for this program
  • You owned and lived in a home in Idaho that was your primary residence before April 15, 2020
    • The property must have a current homeowner’s exemption
    • The home can be a mobile home

Documentation Required

  • Completed application
    • The application for the 100% Service-Connected Disabled Veterans Property Tax Benefit can be found here, or may be requested by calling our office.
  • Current letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs confirming your 100% service-connected disability rating/evaluation as of January 1, 2020
  • Driver’s License, Photo ID, Social Security Card, or Birth Certificate; first time applicants only

Summary

All returning applicants will receive an application in the mail each January. You may also receive an application for the PTR program; please complete only 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.

Returning applicants can complete this application on their own and mail it to the county Assessor along with the appropriate documentation listed above or come into our office during the application acceptance period. First time applicants must apply in person and are required to show U.S. residency when filing. All applicants are required to provide proof of status eligibility (qualifying VA letter) each year.

Please bring all of the documentation requested above to prevent making multiple trips. If you are missing any required information, complete, sign and return the application itself to the County Assessor by the April 15th deadline. 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 for final approval. At that point, questions regarding the status of an application should to be directed to the State Tax Commission.  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

Main Phone / Fax

P 208-454-7431
F 208-454-7349

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Office Hours

Both Locations

Weekdays 8am – 5pm
(excluding holidays)

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Vehicle Registration Location

6107 Graye Lane, Caldwell
Vehicle Registration Online

Auto License Contact

P 208-455-6020
F 208-454-6019

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