Imperial County Assessor's Office

940 W. Main Street Suite 115

El Centro CA 92243

Main Ph:(442) 265-1300

Email: assessor@co.imperial.ca.us

Veteran and Disabled Veteran's Exemption

There are two provisions that can help reduce property taxes for qualifying veterans and their spouses. The first applies to veterans who own very limited property. The second applies to veterans with service-connected disabilities.

Veterans' Exemption

The California Constitution provides a property tax exemption of $4,000 for honorably discharged veterans or the spouse or pensioned parent of a deceased, honorably discharged veteran. To be eligible, an unmarried veteran must have assets valued at no more than $5,000. A married veteran or a veteran's surviving unmarried spouse must have assets valued at no more than $10,000 in order to be eligible. Thus, a veteran who owns a home would most likely not qualify for the veterans' exemption. The Veterans Exemption is rarely used. Most claimants will choose the $7,000 Homeowner’s Exemption in lieu of the $4,000 Veterans Exemption.

Disabled Veterans' Exemption

The California Constitution and Revenue and Taxation Code section 205.5 provide a property tax exemption for the primary residence of a disabled veteran or an unmarried spouse of a deceased disabled veteran.

There is a basic $100,000 exemption or a low-income $150,000 exemption depending on your household income $44,000 (amounts adjusted annually for inflation). Once granted, the $100,000 basic exemption remains in effect until terminated. ANNUAL FILING IS REQUIRED FOR ANY YEAR IN WHICH the increased exemption $150,000 is claimed. The disabled veteran’s exemption is available to a disabled veteran or surviving spouse of a veteran who, because of an injury incurred in military service:

If the claim is not returned by February 15 may result in the removal of the exemption or a late exemption if filed after February 15.

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Totally Disabled

Means that the United States Veterans Administration or the military service from which discharged has rated the disability at 100% or has rated the disability compensation at 100% by reason of being unable to secure or follow a substantially gainful occupation.

First Time Filing

For Disabled Veteran

For Surviving Unmarried Spouse of a Disabled Veteran

Your local Imperial County Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is located at 217 S. 10th Street, El Centro, CA 92243. You can contact them at (442) 265-3203.

If you want to apply for this exemption select: Disabled Veterans First Time Filing Form

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Time For Filing

If the claim is not returned by February 15 may result in the removal of the exemption or a late exemption if filed after February 15.

If you want to apply for this exemption select: Disabled Veterans Form.

For more questions please visit our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR DISABLED VETERANS EXEMPTIONS.

NOTE: A property owner may NOT have both a Homeowner's and a Veteran's exemption on the same property. Applications and additional information may be obtained at the Assessor's Office.

If you need more information you can contact the Assessor's office by calling (442) 265-1300 or visit our office at 940 W. Main St., Suite 115, El Centro, CA 92243. Our office hours are 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.

Your local Imperial County Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is located at 217 S. 10th Street, El Centro, CA 92243. You can contact them at (442) 265-3203.

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