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Property Tax Credit for Surviving Spouses of Military Retirees

The County Council recently passed Bill 17-18 adding a provision to the "Property Tax Credit for Elderly Individuals and for Military Retirees." The bill allows Surviving Spouses of Military Retirees to receive this tax credit, if their spouse was a Military Retiree and was eligible at the time of their death for this tax credit, if the Surviving Spouse never remarried after being married to the Military Retiree and the Spouse continues to own and live in the property.

The Military Retiree, at the time of his or her death, must have been at least 65 years old, an owner of the home which the Surviving Spouse still owns (and still lives in), and must be retired from one of the following uniformed services "Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, the National Guard, the Military Reserves, the uniformed corps of the Public Health Service or the uniformed corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration". The new section of this Tax Credit requires that the Surviving Spouse must provide a copy of the death certificate for the deceased Military Retiree, an affidavit signed by the Surviving Spouse declaring that the Surviving Spouse did not remarry after being married to the Military Retiree, and proof that the Military Retiree was retired from one of the services mentioned above (and not only a veteran of one of those services). Without this documentation an application will be rejected.

We are currently working on a revised application for the Surviving Spouses. The application will be due on or before September 1, 2018, to receive the tax credit for the year that begins on July 1, 2018. The new application and the affidavit form will be posted on this site in July 2018.

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