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Summary of Delaware Military and Veterans Benefits: The State of Delaware offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including State Employment Preferences and Assistance, Education and Tuition Assistance, Special Vehicle Tags, Veterans Homes, Burial Benefits as well as Hunting and Fishing Licenses. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.
Delaware Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
What are my Delaware Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?
Delaware State Sales Tax: Delaware does not impose a state or local sales tax but does impose a gross receipts tax on the seller of goods (tangible or otherwise) or provider of services in the state.
Delaware Social Security Income Taxes: Social Security benefits are exempt. (Title 30, Chapter 11, Section 1106)
Delaware Retired Military Pay Income Taxes:Title 30, Chapter 11 Delaware CodePerson’s 60 years of age or older are entitled to a pension exclusion of up to $12,500 or the amount of the pension and eligible retirement income (whichever is less). Eligible retirement income includes dividends, interest, capital gains, net rental income from real property and qualified retirement plans (IRS Sec. 4974), such as IRA, 401 (K), and Keough plans, and government deferred compensation plans (IRS Sec. 457). The combined total of pension and eligible retirement income may not exceed $12,500 per person age 60 or over. If you are under age 60 and receiving a pension, the exclusion amount is limited to $2,000.
In Addition, the amount of $2,000 may be excluded by any person who has a total and permanent disability or by a person who is over 60 years of age, and whose earned income in the taxable year is less than $2,500 and whose adjusted gross income does not exceed $10,000.
Delaware State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the armed forces should not be included in taxable income if any of the following conditions apply:
You were entitled to receive a disability payment before September 25, 1975;
You were a member of the military (active or reserves) or were under a binding written commitment to become a member on September 24, 1975;
You receive disability payments for a combat-related injury. This is a personal injury or sickness that:
Resulted directly from armed conflict,
Took place while you were engaged in extra-hazardous service,
Took place under conditions simulating, including training exercises such as maneuvers, or
Was caused by an instrumentality of war.
You would be entitled to receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you filed an application for it (the exclusion under this condition equals the amount you would be entitled to from the VA).
Delaware State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.
Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Delaware State Tax Benefits: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.
What are my Delaware Military and Veterans Education Benefits?
Delaware National Guard Tuition Assistance: Up to 100% tuition at state college/university or average of in-state tuition at private college or university in Delaware.
Who is eligible for Delaware National Guard Tuition Assistance? Any active member of a federally recognized unit of the Delaware National Guard, who meets the requirements for satisfactory membership as defined by the Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard, shall be eligible for funding support by the Delaware National Guard for certain post-secondary education tuition and fees. (Title 14, Chapter 34, Sections 3480-3481)
Delaware Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans Prisoners of War and Service Members Declared Missing in Action: The State of Delaware provides educational benefits for the Children of deceased Veterans, POWs (Prisoners of War) and MIAs (Missing in Action). The per student benefits may include funds for the payment of tuition and required institutional fees for an academic year. Benefits shall be limited to four years of training or education. The amount of benefit per student cannot exceed the amount of tuition and fees per academic year. Benefits are administered by the Delaware Postsecondary Education Commission. (Title 14, Chapter 34, Sections 3451-3455)
Who is eligible for Delaware Educational Benefits for Children of Deceased Veterans Prisoners of War and Service Members Declared Missing in Action? To qualify for this entitlement an applicant must be:
The Child of
A member of the armed forces who was killed while on active duty or who died from disease, wounds, injuries or disabilities arising or resulting from performance of duty;
A member of the armed forces who is being held, or who was held prisoner of war;
A member of the armed forces officially declared missing in action;
A person who at the time of application for benefits is at least 16 years of age, but not more than 24 years of age, and who has been a resident of the State for at least three (3) years prior to the date of application; and
Attending or admitted for attendance at an educational institution beyond the high school level in a program not to exceed four (4) years in duration.
No Child of a member of the armed forces shall receive educational benefits in accordance with this subchapter unless such Child qualifies above, and:
A parent of such Child Is a resident of the State and is or was missing in action or held as a prisoner of war; or
Was a resident of the State at the time such parent was killed or later died from disease, wounds, injuries or disabilities arising or resulting from performance of duty.
Delaware High School Diploma for Wartime Veterans: Chapter 90 provides a High School Diploma to those Veteran who did not graduate from high school due to their military service during times of war or conflict.
Who is eligible for Delaware High School Diploma for Wartime Veterans? A Veteran who served during any of the following periods: World War II: December 7, 1941 through December 11, 1946, and also during occupation of defeated territories up to September 8, 1951; Korean War: June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955; and Vietnam: May 1, 1961 through April 30, 1975. Veterans interested in receiving a diploma may contact the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs at 800-344-9900 or 302-739-2792.
Delaware Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment.
Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families.
Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children.
Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.
Primary Point of Contact:
Susan K. Haberstroh, Delaware Commissioner
Director, Policy and External Affairs, Delaware Department of Education
Address: 35 Commerce Way, Dover, DE 19904
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