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Summary: New Mexico offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, New Mexico National Guard Tuition Scholarship Program, 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.

New Mexico State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

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What are my New Mexico Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

New Mexico Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: The state offers a low- and middle-income exemption. The maximum exemption is $2,500. To qualify, the amount on line 7 of the state income tax form must be equal to or less than $36,667 (single), $27,500 (married filing separately), or $55,000 (married filing jointly). A deduction also applies for those 65 and older if your adjusted gross income is not over $51,000 for a joint return, $28,500 for a single taxpayer, or $25,500 for a married taxpayer filing separately.

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New Mexico 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).

Learn more about New Mexico State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay

young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemeteryNew Mexico 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.

Learn more about New Mexico State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

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

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) New Mexico State Tax Benefits

New Mexico Veterans Property Tax Exemption: NM Stat § 7-37-5 (2019) Veterans may qualify for a $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of their real property for county taxation purposes.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Property Tax Exemption? Any Veteran who served a minimum of 90 days consecutive active duty (other than for training), or you have been honorably discharged from service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserves, Army or Air National Guard with a minimum of six years of continuous service, was honorably discharged, and is a legal resident of New Mexico. The benefit is also available to the un-remarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who would have otherwise qualified for this benefit.
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services Application for Certificate of Eligibility and/ or Disabled Property Tax Waiver

Learn more about the New Mexico Veterans Property Tax Exemption

New Mexico Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: NM Stat § 7-37-5.1 (2019) Any Veteran who has been rated with a 100% service-connected disability by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and is a legal resident of New Mexico, qualifies for a complete property tax waiver on their primary residence.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption? Veterans are eligible if they have been honorably separated from military service of the United States and served continuously for a period of 90 or more days. If discharged with less than 90 days service, such discharge must have been as a result of service incurred disability; or you have been honorably discharged from service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserves, Army or Air National Guard with a minimum of six years of continuous service ; and you are a legal resident of the State of New Mexico. You are entitled to the above benefits if you are the un-remarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who served under the conditions outlined in the information shown above or if you are an un-remarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who died in service under the conditions cited above, and you are a legal resident of the state of New Mexico.
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services Application for Certificate of Eligibility and/ or Disabled Property Tax Waiver

Learn more about the New Mexico Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption

New Mexico Veterans Exemption from Excise Taxes on Vehicle Purchases: NM Stat § 66-6-16 (2019) Qualified Veterans are exempted from excise taxes when purchasing a new vehicle.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Veterans Exemption from Excise Taxes on Vehicle Purchases? Any Veteran who has suffered the loss, or complete loss of use of one or more limbs due to their service in the military is eligible.
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services Application for Certificate of Eligibility and/ or Disabled Property Tax Waiver

Learn more about the New Mexico Veterans Exemption from Excise Taxes on Vehicle Purchases

New Mexico Veterans' Service Organization Property Tax Exemption: NM Stat § 7-37-5.3 (2019) Veterans' Service Organizations are exempt from paying property tax on the property of its facility.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Veterans' Service Organization Property Tax Exemption? The Property of a Veterans' Service Organization chartered by the United States Congress and that is used primarily for the benefit of Veterans and their Families, is exempt from property taxation.
New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, Application for Veteran Service Organization Tax Exemptions

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What are my New Mexico Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

New Mexico Vietnam Veterans' Scholarship: The Vietnam Veteran Scholarship is a state scholarship for resident undergraduate and graduate students that provides tuition, fees, and book allowances to Vietnam Veterans certified by the New Mexico Veterans' Service Commission. Each scholarship is for a period of one academic year. Renewable if student maintains satisfactory progress. To apply students should contact their institution’s financial aid office.
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Vietnam Veterans' Scholarship?

  • Must have been a resident of New Mexico for a minimum of 10 years

  • Vietnam Veteran as reviewed and certified by the NM Veterans Service Commission

  • Honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States, who was a resident of New Mexico at original time of entry into the Armed Forces or who has lived in New Mexico for 10 years or more

  • Been awarded the Vietnam campaign medal for services in the Armed Forces of this country in Vietnam during the period of August 5, 1964 to the official termination of the Vietnam conflict as designated by executive order of the President of the United States, is eligible for certification

Learn more about the New Mexico Vietnam Veterans' Scholarship

Framed deploma with a graduation cap sitting on top New Mexico Wartime Veteran Scholarship Fund: The New Mexico Wartime Veterans’ Scholarship is a state scholarship for resident undergraduate and graduate students that provides tuition, fees, and book allowances to Military War Veterans certified by the New Mexico Veterans’ Service Commission. Each scholarship is for a period of one academic year. Renewable if student maintains satisfactory progress. To apply students should contact their institution’s financial aid office.
New Mexico Application for Wartime Veterans Scholarship
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Wartime Veteran Scholarship Fund? Eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be a resident of New Mexico

  • A military war Veteran must submit a scholarship application to the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS)

  • Applicants must provide a certified copy of their DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, showing a combat campaign or service medal and an honorable discharge

  • Applications will be approved on a first come, first served basis

  • Scholarship applies to tuition costs, required student fees and books directly associated with undergraduate, master’s or doctoral degree work

  • The amount of tuition to be covered by the scholarship shall not exceed the highest full time undergraduate tuition charged at an educational institution

Learn more about the New Mexico Wartime Veteran Scholarship Fund

New Mexico In-State Tuition for Veterans, Spouses and Dependents: Veterans, their Spouses and their Children no longer have to wait to establish “in-state” residency status when applying for college. Those who wish to use their G.I. Education Benefit Bill can now immediately take advantage of less-expensive “resident” in-state tuition rates at any state funded college, university, vocational school or vocational training program.

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New Mexico In-State Tuition for All Active Duty and Dependents Stationed in New Mexico: All Active Duty members and their dependents are billed at white sandsin-state tuition rates while stationed in New Mexico. Further, the dependents maintain in state status if they remain continuously enrolled and in good standing even if the Active Duty sponsor is transferred.

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New Mexico In-State Tuition for All Active Duty Dependents Whose Sponsor Resides/Is Stationed Outside of New Mexico: This provision enables dependents of Active Duty or National Guard on Title X orders to be billed at in-state tuition rates even though their sponsor is not stationed in New Mexico. Dependents do not have to be using a Federal Educational Benefit; however, they must submit a Letter of Intent with a, Non-Resident Military form, to establish New Mexico residency. The following actions per the Letter of Intent need to be completed and documentation submitted to admissions no later than the third Friday of the student's first term of enrollment:

  • Transfer Driver’s license to New Mexico

  • Register any vehicle titled in the dependents name in New Mexico

  • Obtain a voter's registration to vote in New Mexico

  • Provide a Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERs) DD1172

Learn more about New Mexico In-State Tuition for All Active Duty Dependents Whose Sponsor Resides/Is Stationed Outside of New Mexico

New Mexico Children of Deceased Veterans Scholarship: Full tuition waiver at any state funded post-secondary school. A $150 stipend, per semester, will be issued to help with books or fees. Children who shall be selected to be beneficiaries of this fund shall be selected by the Department of Veteran Services office based on need and merit.
New Mexico Department of Veterans' Services Application for Scholarship for Children of Deceased Military Personnel
Who is eligible for the New Mexico Children of Deceased Veterans Scholarship? Child must be between the ages of 16 and 26 and enrolled in a state supported school. Veteran of the Armed Forces must have been a resident of New Mexico at the original time of entry into the United States Armed Forces. Veteran must have been killed in action or as a result of such action during a period of armed conflict.

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New Mexico Lottery Scholarship: Many military members go directly out of high school in to the service and have not used their Lottery Scholarship and are eligible to use it upon separation. The Lottery scholarship pays TUITION ONLY, not fees, and can be used for up to 8 semesters. In order to enact this scholarship, you must be a NM resident who graduated from a NM public (or accredited NM private) high school or receive a NM GED. Further requirements include:

  • Entered active duty directly out of high school

  • Did not have a chance to start at a Public Higher Education Institution between graduation and active duty

  • Upon separation/retirement from the military you must have entered a Public Higher Education Institution and enrolled in a Baccalaureate degree program during the first regular semester

  • Earn at least 12 credit hours with a minimum 2.5 grade point average during the first semester in college

Learn more about the New Mexico Lottery Scholarship

New Mexico World War II and Korean Veterans High School Diploma: Any WWII or Korean War Veteran who joined the Armed Forces while attending a New Mexico high school prior to graduation is eligible for a high school diploma.
High School Diploma Application for New Mexico Veterans of World War II and Korea
Who is eligible for the New Mexico World War II and Korean Veterans High School Diploma?
To be eligible to receive your diploma under this program, you must have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces. Additionally, you must have served between the following dates:

  • December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946 (WWII)

  • June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955 (Korean War)

Finally, you must have been on track to graduate after 1940 and before 1955.

New Mexico Veterans, who are deceased, are also eligible to receive a diploma. Family members of Veterans may apply on their behalf.

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New Mexico Apprenticeship Training: The state offers apprenticeship and theoretical training programs for qualified Veterans, who can receive their