PROPERTY TAX CREDIT - Wisconsin Veterans and Surviving Spouses
The Racine County Treasurer would like to remind qualified disabled veterans and surviving spouses about the recent expansion of the refundable property tax credit via the State Income Tax form. This benefit is given in recognition of veterans’ sacrifices for our country.
The credit is equal to the property taxes paid on eligible veteran’s or surviving spouse’s principal dwelling in Wisconsin.
The program has been in effect since tax year 2005. Through tax year 2008, the veteran had to have been a resident of Wisconsin at the time he/she entered active duty, have a 100% scheduler rated service-connected disability, and be 65 years of age or older. Surviving spouses of veterans who met the foregoing criteria also qualified.
Beginning with tax year 2009, the age restriction has been removed. Veterans need now only be residents of Wisconsin for five continuous years, and their 100% service-connected disability rating can now be obtained through individual unemployability. Surviving spouses of eligible veterans also qualify.
Effective for taxable years, beginning on or after January 1, 2014, the Wisconsin Property Tax Credit is extended to include the unremarried surviving spouse of an eligible veteran, who – following the veteran’s death – began to receive and continues to receive Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Federal VA.
For more information and recent changes about this tax credit, go to the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs website at:
If you believe you qualify, please contact or visit Racine County Veterans Service Officer at 262-638-6667, located at 1717 Taylor Ave, Racine.