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Summary: Oklahoma offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including 100% Veteran Disability Tax Exemption, Financial Assistance Program, Employment Assistance, Veteran's Employment Preference, Tuition Aid Grant, Special Vehicle License Plates, as well as Hunting and Fishing Privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.

Oklahoma State Military and Veterans Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Oklahoma Income Tax Exemption for Military Wages: An Oklahoma resident who is a member of any component of the Armed Services may exclude 100% of his/her taxable active duty military pay. This includes Reserve and National Guard pay.

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Oklahoma Income Tax Exemption for Nonresident Military Spouse: A nonresident Spouse of a nonresident Service member may be exempt from Oklahoma income tax on income from services performed in Oklahoma if all the following facts are true:

  • The Service member is present in Oklahoma in compliance with military orders;

  • The Spouse is in Oklahoma to be with the Service member; and

  • The Spouse maintains the same domicile as the Service member.

Withholding Tax: A Spouse whose wages are exempt from Oklahoma income tax under the SCRA may claim an exemption from Oklahoma withholding tax. Spouses wishing to claim this exemption from income tax may file a Oklahoma Tax Commission, Form OW-9-MSE: Annual Withholding Tax Exemption Certification for Military Spouse with their employer. Spouses claiming exemption from Oklahoma income tax should consider the impact on their income tax (and estimated income tax) liability in their domicile state.

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Oklahoma Retired Military Pay Income Taxes: Any individual may exclude the greater of 75% of their retirement benefits or $10,000, but not to exceed the amount included in the Federal Adjusted Gross Income. The retirement benefits must be from any component of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Oklahoma 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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Oklahoma 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) Oklahoma State Tax Benefits: In accordance with Oklahoma statute §68-2358.E.19, all retirement benefits received by federal civil service retirees, including survivor annuities, paid in lieu of Social Security benefits shall be exempt from taxable income to the extent such benefits are included in the federal adjusted gross income.

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Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Sales Tax Exemption: 100% tax exemption for sales tax including city and county sales tax, will be exempt.
Who is eligible for Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Sales Tax Exemption? Persons who have been certified as receiving compensation at the 100% rate where disability is permanent and where it is service connected as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Sales qualifying for the exemption are limited to $25,000.00 per year. The sales tax exemption for the 100% disabled Veterans extends to the Surviving Spouse of a deceased qualified Veteran if the Surviving Spouse has not remarried. Sales qualifying for the exemption are limited to $1,000.00 per year for the Surviving Spouse.

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Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption: The exemption may be claimed on only one vehicle in a consecutive three-year period by any single qualifying Veteran. The exemption applies to motor vehicles only. It does not apply to boats or motors. The exemption does not apply to Surviving Spouses of qualified Veterans.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Tax Exemption?

  • The qualifying Veteran must be listed on the title as an owner of the vehicle. Additional owners may also be present.

  • The vehicle must have been purchased on or after 7/1/05.

  • A letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs must be presented certifying that the Veteran is receiving disability compensation at the 100% rate or the exemption card issued to document the sales tax exemption must be presented.

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Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: There is a 100% property tax exemption for disabled Veterans. Property tax systems are based on market value of real, personal and public service properties. The exemption can be claimed beginning January 1, 2006. The exemption will be for the full fair cash value of the homestead. Complete Oklahoma Tax Commission Form 998, Application for 100% Disabled Veterans Real Property Tax Exemption and take it to the county assessor's office for the county in which the property is located.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma 100% Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption? The qualifying Veteran must be receiving disability compensation at the 100% rate. The exemption applies to the Surviving Spouse of the Veteran if the Surviving Spouse has not remarried.

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What are my Oklahoma Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Oklahoma College Credit for Military Service: Oklahoma state law (OK Stat § 59-4100.3) allows Oklahoma colleges, university and technology centers to provide academic credit to a Veteran honorably discharged in the previous three years for any applicable education, training and experience received through military duty that pertains to his or her area of study. Under the new law, college boards must have adopted policies for military academic credit by January 1, 2013 and courses must meet the standards of the American Council on Education or equivalent standards.

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Expedited Oklahoma Professional Licensure for Service Members Post-Military Service and Spouses: In accordance with 59 O.S. § 4100.4 of the Post-Military Service Occupation, Education and Credentialing Act, the related trade committee and the Board shall, upon satisfactory evidence of substantially equivalent education, training and experience by an applicant for licensure, registration, or endorsement, accept the education, training and experience completed by the applicant as a member of the Armed Forces or Reserves of the United States, National Guard of any jurisdiction, the Military Reserves of any jurisdiction, or the Naval Militias of any jurisdiction, and apply it in the manner most favorable toward satisfying the applicant's qualifications for examination and license or endorsement issuance. An applicant must complete and submit the following:

  • Appropriate application(s),

  • Satisfactory evidence of education, training, and experience obtained as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces,

  • License, registration, or endorsement certification(s) from jurisdiction(s) in which the applicant has held or currently holds a license, registration, or endorsement, if applicable.

  • Criminal history background application and fingerprint card, if applicable, and

  • Successful completion of the appropriate examination.

Military Spouse applicant - equivalency : In accordance with 59 O.S. § 4100.5 the Board shall issue the individual an equivalent license, registration, or endorsement in an equivalent category if, in the opinion of the related trade committee, the requirements for licensure, registration, or endorsement of the other state are substantially equivalent to those required by this state, and the applicant:

  • is actively licensed in another state,

  • Applicant is the Spouse of an active-duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces,

  • Applicant has a Spouse subject to a military transfer to Oklahoma, and

  • Applicant left employment in another state to accompany the Service member.

*Note: If there is a question as to the competence of the applicant, he/she may be required to complete additional educational courses and/or successfully complete the required examination. (59 O.S. § 4100.4)

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Oklahoma Tuition Free Technology and Technical Education: This program waives the tuition at any state-supported technology career center school in the State of Oklahoma operating under the State Board of Career and Technology Education. The Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology-Okmulgee shall be excluded from the provisions of this act.
Who is eligible for Oklahoma Tuition Free Technology and Technical Education? Any Oklahoma Veteran, or dependent of any Oklahoma Veteran who was missing in action or a prisoner of war.

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Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver: The Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver is established as an incentive for qualified young men and women to join the Oklahoma National Guard and as a means to retain skilled, productive citizens within the state.

A resident tuition waiver covers the cost of resident tuition for all courses for which resident tuition is charged. The student is responsible for all other fees: special course fees, student activity and facility fees, assessment fees and others. A student may receive a waiver for a maximum of 18 semester credit hours each semester, for up to six years from the date of first application.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma National Guard Tuition Waiver? A student who is a member of the Oklahoma National Guard shall be eligible for a full resident tuition waiver, provided the student:

  • Is a bona fide member of the Oklahoma National Guard at the beginning of the semester for which he/she is applying for a scholarship or by the scholarship application deadline determined by the institution.

  • Has been certified as a member in good standing by the Adjutant General.

  • Is an Oklahoma resident.

  • Does not currently hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree.

  • Meets all admission and retention requirements of the institution.

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Oklahoma Heroes Promise, College Scholarship for Children of Deceased Service Members: Heroes Promise will help pay the student's tuition at a public community college or university. It will also cover a portion of tuition at an accredited Oklahoma private college or university or for courses at public technology centers that are approved for credit toward an Associate in Applied Science degree at a public college. The scholarship is good for up to five years or until the student completes a bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. The final amount of the scholarship will vary depending on where the student attends college, the tuition rates in effect at that time and whether he or she attends full time or less.
Who is eligible for the Oklahoma Heroes Promise, College Scholarship for Children of Deceased Service Members?

  • The scholarship is available to Children of any person killed after January 1, 2000, in the line of duty in any branch of the United States Armed Forces or who died after January 1, 2000, as a result of an injury sustained while in the line of duty in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

  • The person who was killed or died must have filed an individual or joint Oklahoma income tax return for the tax year prior to the year during which the person was killed or died.

  • The student must be an Oklahoma resident.

  • The student must enroll within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education prior to reaching the age of 21.

For More Information

Heroes Promise
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
800-858-1840
405-225-9131 (Oklahoma City area)
studentinfo@osrhe.edu

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High School Diplomas for Oklahoma Wartime Veterans: In order to recognize and pay tribute to Veterans who left high school prior to graduation to serve in World War II, in the Korean War, or in the Vietnam War, a board of education of any independent school district in this state is hereby authorized to grant a diploma of graduation to any Veteran who meets the requirements as listed in Section 517.0.2 of the School Laws of Oklahoma 2009.
Who is eligible for High School Diplomas for Oklahoma Wartime Veterans? To be eligible, a Veteran shall:

  • Have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • Served on active duty or have been discharged with a service-connected disability between these dates:

    • September 16, 1940, and December 31, 1946

    • June 27, 1950, and January 31, 1955

    • May 13, 1961, and April 29, 1975

  • Be a resident of the state of Oklahoma.

School districts are further encouraged to present such diplomas in conjunction with appropriate Veterans Day programs.

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Oklahoma 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:

  • Facilitating the timely enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous