Veterans Property Tax Exemption
Great News! The Disabled Veteran Tax Exemption has been approved to continue for Tax Year 2021 with no changes!
In 2006, Colorado voters approved Referendum E, amending section 3.5 of article X of the Colorado Constitution. The amendment and subsequent legislation expanded the senior property tax exemption to include "qualifying disabled veterans." For disabled veterans who qualify, 50% of the first $200,000 of actual value of the veteran's primary residence is exempted. The state will reimburse the county treasurer for the lost revenue.
Owners of multiple residences may only designate 1 property as their primary residence.
A "qualifying disabled veteran" is a person who meets each of the following requirements:
- A disabled Veteran exemption is available to those applicants who:
- Sustained a service-connected disability while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States,
- Were honorably discharged, and
- Were rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as 100% "permanent and total" disabled
- Veterans Affairs unemployability awards do not meet the requirement for determining an applicant's eligibility
- The applicant must have owned and occupied the home as his or her primary residence since January 1 of the year of application; however, limited exceptions to the ownership and occupant requirements are detailed in the eligibility requirements section of the application
- Owners of multiple residences may only designate 1 property as their primary residence
- The application deadline is July 1
Disabled Veteran Surviving Spouse Exemption
The exemption is available to surviving spouses of disabled veterans who had the disabled veteran exemption and who passed away prior to January 1 of the current year. The property must be owner occupied and used as the primary residence of an owner-occupier who is the surviving spouse of a qualifying disabled veteran.
The application deadline for 2021 is July 1, and the application is available from the Division of Veterans Affairs or the County Assessor of the county in which the property is located, and must be returned to the County Assessor.
Application forms are available from and should be submitted to the Division of Veterans Affairs at following address:
Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Division of Veterans Affairs
155 Van Gordon St., Suite 201
Lakewood, CO 80228