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Summary of Georgia Military and Veterans Benefits: The State of Georgia offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, free driver's licenses, vehicle tags, home care for war Veterans, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

 
Georgia State Military and Veteran Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 What are my Georgia Military and Veterans State Taxes Benefits?

Georgia State Income Tax Extension: The tax filing deadline for combat deployed military personnel (those who served on active duty as members of the U.S. armed forces in combat activities during a period designated by the President) is extended until 180 days after such deployment ends.

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Georgia Retirement Income Taxes: Social Security is exempt. Taxpayers who are 62 years of age or older, or permanently and totally disabled regardless of age, may be eligible for a retirement income adjustment on their Georgia tax return. Retirement income includes income from pensions and annuities, interest income, dividend income, net income from rental property, capital gains income, and income from royalties. For married couples filing joint returns with both members receiving retirement income, the maximum adjustment for the applicable year may be up to twice the individual exclusion amount. Retirement income exceeding the maximum adjustable amount will be taxed at the normal rate.

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Georgia Taxes on Retired Military Pay: Taxpayers who are 62 or older, or permanently and totally disabled regardless of age, may be eligible for a retirement income adjustment on their Georgia tax return. Retirement income includes:

  • Income from pensions and annuities

  • Interest income

  • Dividend income

  • Net income from rental property

  • Capital gains income

  • Income from royalties

  • Up to $4000 of earned income

For married couples filing joint returns with both members receiving retirement income, the maximum adjustment for that year may be up to twice the individual exclusion amount. Retirement income exceeding the maximum adjustable amount will be taxed at the normal rate.

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Georgia 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).

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Georgia 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.

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Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Georgia State Tax Benefits: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.

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 Georgia Homestead Tax Exemption for Disabled Veteran, Surviving Spouse or Minor Children: Any qualifying disabled Veteran may be granted an exemption of $60,000 plus an additional sum from paying property taxes for county, municipal, and school purposes. The additional sum is determined according to an index rate set by United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The amount for 2019 is $85,645. The value of the property in excess of this exemption remains taxable. This exemption is extended to the un-remarried surviving Spouse or minor Children as long as they continue to occupy the home as a residence. (O.C.G.A. § 48-5-48)

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Georgia Homestead Exemption for Surviving Spouse of U.S. Service Member: The un-remarried surviving Spouse of a member of the Armed Forces who was killed in or died as a result of any war or armed conflict will be granted a homestead exemption from all ad valorem taxes for county, municipal and school purposes in the amount of $60,000 plus an additional sum. The additional sum is determined according to an index rate set by United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The amount for 2019 is $85,645. The surviving Spouse will continue to be eligible for the exemption as long as they do not remarry. (O.C.G.A. § 48-5-52.1)

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 Abatement of Georgia State Income Taxes for Service Members Killed as a Result of Combat: Georgia law provides that service personnel who die as a result of wounds, disease, or injury incurred while serving in a combat zone as a member of the armed forces of the United States, are exempt from all Georgia income taxes for the taxable year of death, nor shall such taxes apply for any prior taxable year ending on or after the first day served in the combat zone. [ O.C.G.A. § 48-7-37 ]

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Georgia Sales Tax Exemption on Vehicles Purchased through U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Grant: A disabled Veteran who receives a VA grant for the purchase and special adapting of a vehicle is exempt from paying the state sales tax on the vehicle (only on the original grant) [ O.C.G.A. § 48-8-3 ]

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Georgia Ad Valorem Tax Exemption on Vehicles Owned by 100% Disabled Veterans: Veterans are exempt from Ad Valorem that are verified by the VA to be 100 percent totally and permanently service-connected disabled and Veterans who are receiving or who are entitled to receive statutory awards from VA for:

  • Loss or permanent loss of use of one or both feet;

  • Loss or permanent loss of use of one or both hands;

  • Loss of sight in one or both eyes; or

  • Permanent impairment of vision of both eyes to a prescribed degree.

Exemption is granted on the vehicle the Veteran owns and upon which the free Disabled Veteran (DV) Motor Vehicle license plate is attached. Also exempt are Veterans who qualify for the Purple Heart or Medal of Honor specialty license plates. [ O.C.G.A. § 40-2-69 ]
This exemption applies to either the annual property tax or the title tax, whichever is applicable.

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 What are my Georgia Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Georgia HERO Scholarship: The Georgia HERO (Helping Educate Reservists and their Offspring) Scholarship Program was created to provide educational grant assistance to members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reservists who served in combat zones or the Children of such members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reserves. The Georgia HERO Scholarship Program is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA). The grant is to attend an approved school for a maximum of up to four award years in the sum of $2,000.00 per award year. The maximum benefit is for four award years for a total of $8,000.00.
Who is eligible for a Georgia HERO Scholarship?
The following requirements apply to all categories of HERO Scholarship recipients:

  • Must be enrolled or accepted for admission in an eligible Georgia college or university.

  • Must meet Georgia residency requirements, as defined by GSFC.

  • Must meet U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien requirements, as defined by GSFC.

  • Must be in a matriculated status in an organized undergraduate program of study leading to a college degree, technical diploma, or technical certificate.

  • Must not be obligated to pay a refund on a GSFC or Federal Title IV grant or scholarship.

  • Must not be in default on a GSFC or Federal Title IV student educational loan.

  • Must meet Federal Selective Service registration requirements.

  • Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress in accordance with the Federal Title IV standards and practices of the institution.

  • Must be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990.

In addition to the General Student Eligibility Requirements, a HERO Scholarship recipient must meet all of the specific requirements for one of the four following categories of students: