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Summary of Louisiana Military and Veteran Benefits: The State of Louisiana offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Property Tax Exemptions, State Employment Preferences, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle Tags, State Park Passes, as well as Hunting and Fishing License Privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.
Louisiana State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
Louisiana State Taxes on Retirement Income: Persons 65 years or older may exclude up to $6,000 of annual retirement income from their taxable income. Federal retirement benefits received by federal retirees, may be excluded from Louisiana taxable income. Social Security Retirement benefits are exempt. ( RS 47 §44.1 )
Louisiana State Taxes on Retired Military Pay: Federal retirement benefits received by federal retirees, shall be excluded from Louisiana state income tax. ( R.S. 47:44.2 )
Louisiana State Taxes on World War II Veterans Retired Military Pay: Compensation or retired pay received from the United States by any Veteran of the military or naval forces of the United States of World War II, who is a citizen or resident of Louisiana and who has been honorably discharged from the military or naval forces as a result of a physical disability, shall not be included in gross income and shall be exempt from taxation under this Chapter. ( R.S. 47:52 )
Louisiana 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).
Louisiana 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.
Federal retirement benefits received by federal retirees, both military and nonmilitary, may be excluded from Louisiana taxable income. ( R.S. 47:44.2 )
Louisiana State Taxes on Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP): Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.
Louisiana Homestead Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans and Surviving Spouses: In addition to the homestead exemption authorized under the provisions of Article VII, Section 20 of this constitution, which applies to the first seven thousand five hundred dollars of the assessed valuation of property, the next seven thousand five hundred dollars of the assessed valuation of property receiving the homestead exemption that is owned and occupied by a Veteran with a service-connected disability rating of one hundred percent unemployability or totally disabled by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs shall be exempt from ad valorem taxation.
The Surviving Spouse of a deceased Veteran with a service-connected disability rating of one hundred percent unemployability or totally disabled by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs shall be eligible for this exemption if the Surviving Spouse occupies and remains the owner of the property, whether or not the exemption was in effect on the property prior to the death of the Veteran. (Article VII §21 (K) (1))
The Louisiana State Aid Program - Dependents Educational Assistance: Section 288 of Title 29 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950 has been amended and re-enacted to provide financial aid for Children and Surviving Spouses of certain Veterans of this state who died in service in the Armed Forces of the United States or died of a service connected disability incurred during a wartime period.
The law provides the same benefits for those Children of living Veterans who are rated 90% or above disabled, including 100% individual unemployability, by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs "Schedule for Rating Disabilities", as a result of a disability or disabilities incurred in service in the Armed Forces of the United States.
The eligible person may attend any state supported college, university, trade or vocational technical school and are exempt from paying tuition and school-imposed fees, such as laboratory, athletic, medical, non-resident or other special fees. Student imposed fees are not exempt. Students are eligible for four years of schooling to be completed in not more than five years.
Who is eligible for The Louisiana State Aid Program - Dependents Educational Assistance? The law requires that the deceased Veteran must have been a resident of the State of Louisiana for at least twelve months immediately preceding entry into service. The living Veteran must have resided in the state not less than twenty-four months immediately preceding the Child's admission into the Program. The Surviving Spouse must use this Program within ten years of the date eligibility is established. A Child must be between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five.
(RS § 288 -29 )
Louisiana State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP): STEP provides an exemption from all or a portion of tuition charges imposed by an institution of the State of Louisiana which may be claimed for five separate academic years or until the receipt of a degree at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, or professional level, whichever occurs first. In addition, any member of the National Guard that reenlists for a period of six years may be eligible for tuition exemption for four separate academic years or until the receipt of a degree at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, or professional level, whichever occurs first. Such student shall be exempt from all tuition charges, except that in the case of tuition at an institution which confers a professional degree. ( RS 29 §36.1 )
Who is eligible for Louisiana State Tuition Exemption Program (STEP)?
Must be a drilling member of the Louisiana National Guard 17 years of age or older
Must be domiciled in the state of Louisiana
Must be in good standing with the Louisiana National Guard
Must be seeking an Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's Degree
Must maintain good academic standing with school
Any National Guard member may receive an extension if mobilized
Louisiana 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: