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Active Duty Military Property Tax Exemption Law Expands

The new law is retroactive.

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(SALEM, Ore. ) - If you are an Oregon resident on active military duty and own your home, you may qualify for the active duty military service member’s property tax exemption. Up to $60,000 of the assessed value of your home may be exempt.

The 2007 Legislature changed the exemption to include qualified members serving in the military reserve and those redeployed after January 1, 2005.

The new law is retroactive.

“If you filed a claim for this property tax exemption for the 2005-06, 2006-07, or 2007-08 tax years but were denied because you didn’t meet certain qualifications, contact your county assessor’s office,” said Connie Johnston, exemptions analyst. “You might qualify for the exemption now under the new law.”

If you are serving in the Oregon National Guard or military reserve force, and ordered to federal active duty (under Title 10) or deployed under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact on or after January 1, 2005, you may qualify for this exemption.

Your service must be at least 179 consecutive days. You may claim an exemption for each property tax year within which you served at least one day of service.

If the qualified service member died while on active duty status, the occupant of the home may file for the exemption. You must file the claim form and attach the qualified soldier’s DD214 and proof that you live at the deceased soldier’s home. Examples of proof include your driver’s license or property tax statement.

To claim this exemption for the 2005-06 or 2006-07 tax year, file the claim form by March 26, 2008.

To claim the exemption for the 2007-08 tax year, file the claim form by August 1, 2008.

File claims with the county assessor where your home is located. All claims must include copies of your military orders.

Johnston said each county assessor’s office mailed notices last month to those who had filed claims but were denied.

“If you’re eligible under the new law, the notice will confirm your eligibility,” Johnston said. “The notice also will tell you if you have to refile, depending upon whether you submitted the necessary documentation the first time you filed.”

Claim forms, instructions, and more information are available at the Department of Revenue, or at your county assessor’s office.

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Anonymous January 9, 2008 6:34 pm (Pacific time)

Vic and Neal are a bunch of whiners. Why don't you two join up and do something productive like pick up garbage on the side of the road and stop bashing our brave troops and great nation, LOSERS!

Jefferson January 9, 2008 5:44 pm (Pacific time)

So run for office and do what you can on that end. Rots of ruck!

Neal Feldman January 9, 2008 2:07 pm (Pacific time)

I put it to you all that this law is unconstitutional and violates SB2 via discrimination. Gays are booted from the military solely because they are gay, therefore gays are denied this possible benefit as they are not treated equally under the law. I'm all for perks for our active duty soldiers but if the military continues to discriminate it cannot legally qualify for such things. So does the military want the perks or to continue its policy of bigotry? Under SB2 it cannot have both. Churches and religious groups were given exemptions in SB2, not the military. Is someone going to claim the military is a church or a religious group? Ah well...

Jefferson January 9, 2008 12:09 pm (Pacific time)

This is a great idea!

Vic January 9, 2008 7:51 am (Pacific time)

This is discriminatory. The military doesnt pay? What about: teachers, hospice workers, laid off factory workers,small business owners, single parents,disabled citizens, short, THE REST OF US ? If we get behind on our taxes, our property will be seized and sold. We get NO breaks or amnesty.This is making the assumption that anyone who joins the military is a better person and worthy of more consideration than everyone else in Oregon. What if a law were passed giving property tax exemption to whites only? It would make national news...People say that active duty personnel make less maoney, but they should have thought of that. If I take a job as a Chucky Cheese mascot because I think it will be fun and exciting even though I know I will make minimum wage, whose fault is that but mine? Should I expect the other Oregon taxpayers to help shoulder part of my taxes? I think not.

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