Massachusetts Military and Veterans Benefits

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Summary of Massachusetts Military and Veterans Benefits: Massachusetts offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including a State Bonus Program, State Annuities, State Employment Hiring Preference for Veterans, Prisoners of War, and National Guard Members, Property Tax Exemptions, Education and Tuition Assistance, Vehicle Tags, as well as Hunting and Fishing License privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

 
Massachusetts Military and Veteran State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility


What are my Massachusetts Military and Veteran State Tax Benefits?

Massachusetts State Tax Benefits for those in a Combat Zone : Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) follows the federal rules for granting an extension of time to file income tax returns and to pay taxes due for those serving in a combat zone, or who are hospitalized as a result of such service, during the period designated as the period of combatant activities. This extension applies to members of the Armed Forces, as well as individuals serving in support of the Armed Forces, serving in a combat zone. The extension period is for the time of service in the combat zone area or hospitalization attributable to such service plus 180 days. The extension of time to file returns also applies to Spouses of personnel serving in combat areas if a joint return is filed.

Certain combat pay of military personnel serving in a combat zone is excluded from federal gross income and therefore is not subject to federal income tax. Massachusetts income tax law incorporates the provisions of the Federal Tax Code, so that combat pay will be excluded from Massachusetts income to the extent that it is excluded from federal income.

More information can be found at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue webpage .

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Massachusetts Retired Military Pay Income Tax Benefit: Retired Military pay is not taxed in Massachusetts.

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Military Disability Retired Pay Excluded from Massachusetts Gross Income: In Massachusetts, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs disability benefits are excluded from state gross income.

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Massachusetts 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) Massachusetts State Tax Benefits: Survivor Benefit Program pensions which are paid to a Surviving Spouse are not taxed.

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Massachusetts Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Spouses, Surviving Spouses and Gold Star Parents: All Veterans, Veterans Spouses, Surviving Spouse and Gold Star Parents may be eligible for a range of property tax exemptions. To apply the Veteran or Family member should contact the assessor's office in their community, or:

Department of Revenue
Division of Local Services Bureau of Municipal Finance Laws
100 Cambridge Street (no walk-in service)
Boston, MA 02210

The application must be made annually.
Who is eligible for Massachusetts Property Tax Exemption for Veterans, Spouses, Surviving Spouses and Gold Star Parents?
To qualify, Veterans (and Family members where applicable) must:

  •  Be at least 10% disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Be legal residents of Massachusetts

  • Be occupying the property as his/her domicile on July 1 in the year of application

  • Have lived in Massachusetts for at least six months prior to entering the service (Spouses exempted) OR

  • Have lived in Massachusetts for five consecutive years immediately prior to filing for a property tax exemption.

$400.00 tax exemption for the following (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22):

  • 10% (or more) service-connected disabled Veteran;

  • Purple Heart recipient;

  • Gold Star mothers and fathers;

  • Spouse of Veteran entitled under this clause;

  • Surviving Spouses who do not remarry.

$750.00 if the Veteran has (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22A):

  • Lost use of one hand above the wrist, or one foot above the ankle, or one eye.

  • A Medal of Honor recipient

  • A Distinguished Service Cross

  • A Navy Cross or an Air Force Cross

  • The Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

$1,250.00 if the Veteran has (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22B):

  • Lost use of both hands or both feet

  • Lost use of one hand and one foot

  • Lost use of both eyes (blind)

  • The Spouse or Surviving Spouse of an eligible Veteran.

$1,500.00 if the Veteran is rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to be permanent and totally disabled, and has specially adapted housing (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22C).

Surviving Spouses (who do not remarry) of Service members, sailors, or members of the Guard whose death occurred as a proximate result of an injury sustained or disease contracted in a combat zone, or who are missing in action with a presumptive finding of death, as a result of combat as members of the Armed Forces of the United States. These people are eligible for total exemption on their property taxes (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22D).

$1,000.00 if the Veteran is rated 100% disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22E).

Veterans who are paraplegics or have a 100% disability for service-connected blindness and their Spouses or Surviving Spouse are entitled to a full exemption. (M.G.L. ch. 59, s.5, clause 22F).

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Division of Local Services prepared a comprehensive overview of Local Tax Benefits for Veterans and Service members in February 2009.
Massachusetts Department of Revenue Property Tax Exemption/ Deferral Eligibility Basics

*Under M.G.L. c. 59 s. 5 , clauses 22A, 22B, 22C, and 22E, Surviving Spouses of disabled Veterans who qualified for exemptions ranging from $750 to $1500 may now continue to receive the higher amount regardless of marital status.

To apply, contact the assessor’s office in your community, applications must be made annually.

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