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Summary of the District of Columbia Military and Veterans Benefits: The District of Columbia offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, District employment preferences, education and tuition assistance and vehicle tags. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.
District of Columbia Military and Veterans Benefits Highlights and Eligibility
District of Columbia Retired Military Pay Income Taxes : ( DC Code 47-1803.02(a)(2)(N)(i) ) Up to $3,000 of military retirement pay is exempt from District Individual Income Tax for individuals 62 or older.
District of Columbia 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).
District of Columbia 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) District of Columbia Tax Benefits: ( DC Code 47-180302(a)(2)(N)(ii) Survivor benefits received from the District of Columbia or the federal government by persons who are 62 years of age or older by the end of the taxable year are fully excluded from District Individual Income Tax.
District of Columbia Property Tax Relief for Senior Citizen or Disabled Property Owners: When a property owner turns 65 years of age or older, or when he or she is disabled (totally and permanently disabled or receiving government disability payments), he or she may file an application immediately for disabled or senior citizen property tax relief. This benefit reduces a qualified property owner's property tax by 50 percent. If the property owner lives in a cooperative housing association, the cooperative will supply and collect the applications. The following guidelines apply:
The disabled or senior citizen must own 50 percent or more of the property or cooperative unit;
The total federal adjusted gross income of everyone living in the property or cooperative unit, excluding tenants, must be less than $133,100 for the 2019 calendar year; and
The same requirements for application, occupancy, ownership, principal residence (domicile), number of dwelling units, cooperative housing associations and revocable trusts apply as in the homestead deduction.