Equalization Department

Kelly Rifenbark - Deputy Director
Bill Deaton - Senior Appraiser
Michael Neese - Tax Mapping & GIS

Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue, Suite 602
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941
Voice: (989) 895-4075
Fax: (989) 895-4078

Disabled Veteran Exemption

 

Recently Governor Snyder signed into law P.A. 161 of 2013. The amended Act regarding Veterans Exemptions has 3 requirements, of which only 1 has to be met, to receive the exemption. The requirements are:

  1. Has been determined by the United States department of veterans’ affairs to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100% rate.
  2. Has a certificate from the United States veterans’ administration, or its successors, certifying that he or she is receiving or has received pecuniary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing.
  3. Has been rated by the United States department of veterans’ affairs as individually unemployable.

The unremarried surviving spouse of the disabled veteran is eligible for the exemption based upon the eligibility of their spouse; therefore the spouse must also be a Michigan resident. The exemption will continue only as long as the surviving spouse remains unremarried.

This exemption will have to be applied for each year (during a period beginning with the tax day for each year and ending at the time of the final adjournment of the local board of review). An Affidavit along with the above mention paperwork (from the United States department of veterans’ affairs or the United States veterans’ administration) must be filed with the local unit Assessor to receive the exemption.