Underwood: Disabled vets eligible for tax exemption

Underwood: Disabled vets eligible for tax exemption

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Wayne County auditor Jarra Underwood is reminding disabled veterans they may be eligible for a property tax exemption.

Underwood thanks the men and women in uniform — past, present and future — for their sacrifice for the country.

“Your bravery and service helped build this great nation,” she said. “It would be our pleasure to help determine if you qualify for this benefit.”

Ohio’s Homestead Exemption for disabled veterans allows qualifying Ohio disabled veterans to reduce their property taxes by exempting $50,000 of the home’s market value. The exemption applies to qualified disabled veterans and surviving spouses at their principal residence.

Jeff Shull, director of Wayne County Veterans Services, shared information on disabled veterans residing in Wayne County.

“By our count Wayne County has 29 veterans that are 100% service-connected disabled. Having said that, this may not be all that are service-connected at 100% and living in Wayne County. It is a fluid count due to veterans moving into as well as moving out of county,” Shull said.

To qualify for the exemption, honorably discharged veterans must receive a total disability rating of 100% or a total disability rating for compensation based on unemployability for a service-connected disability.

Qualified applicants also must own and have occupied the home on Jan. 1 of the year the application is filed. The disabled veteran exemption does not have an age or income requirement.

All applicants must provide a copy of their Veterans Administration awards letter stating their 100% disability rating has been granted, along with a copy of their DD214 discharge form.

Underwood hopes to reach a larger audience of veterans in Wayne County who may be unfamiliar with the Homestead Exemption for disabled veterans and surviving spouses.

“Our country is filled with promise of freedom — today, tomorrow and generations to come. Thank you for your valor, your bravery, for protecting us and defending our rights. We are forever grateful to heroes like you,” Underwood said.

For more information or to apply, visit www.waynecountyauditor.org or stop by the auditor’s office at 428 W. Liberty St. in Wooster. The auditor’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MacKenzie Taylor is the information officer for the Wayne County auditor.