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Summary of Territory of Puerto Rico Military and Veterans Benefits: Puerto Rico offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including income tax advantages, property tax exemptions, education and tuition assistance, as well as injury and death benefits. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status.
Territory of Puerto Rico Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
What are my Territory of Puerto Rico Military and Veterans Tax Benefits?
Territory of Puerto Rico Income Taxes: Puerto Rico taxes all income derived from outside of the territory. For Retired pay Puerto Rico taxes military retirement based on where you served. For example, if you retired after 20 years, served five years in Puerto Rico and 15 outside Puerto Rico, then 2/3s of your retirement income is taxed.
Territory of Puerto Rico Tax Exemptions: Effective 1988 Veterans are entitled to additional tax relief measures. All Veterans are allowed an additional $500 deduction for life.
Territory of Puerto Rico Veteran Property Tax Exemptions: There are several types property tax exemptions, each with its own eligibility criteria and level of exemption ranging from $500 to a complete property tax exemption.
Territory of Puerto Rico Standard Veteran 10 Year Property Tax Exemption: The dwelling that a Veteran builds and acquires in good faith for their residence, or Family's residence, shall be exempted from the imposition and payment of property taxes for a period of 10 years and up to $5,000 for its appraised taxable value. If the building has more than one dwelling, the appraised taxable value, for the purposes of the exemption, shall be the proportional part, which corresponds to the dwelling occupied by a Veteran, of the total value of the building and the lot, as determined by the Secretary of the Treasury.
Territory of Puerto Rico Injured Veterans Property Tax Exemption: Every house built, acquired or remodeled or to be constructed, acquired or remodeled in the future by a disabled Veteran, and the lot where the same is located, which does not exceed 500 square meters in the urban zone, or one cuerda in the rural zone -- shall be exempted from the payment of property taxes, if it is the dwelling of the injured Veteran or immediate Family.
Territory of Puerto Rico Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption: Any Veteran who receives disability compensation of fifty percent (50%) or more from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shall be entitled to a property tax exemption on the first $50,000 of the appraised value of the property for taxable purposes.
The partial exemption in the payment of taxes shall only be applicable to the tax which corresponds to the house built or acquired by a Veteran, and the lot where the same is built -- which does not exceed 500 square meters in the urban zone, or one cuerda in the rural zone -- if the dwelling has been the residence of the Veteran or his immediate Family on January 1 the year immediately preceding the taxable year for which he is requesting the exemption.
The partial exemption shall be determined according to the degree of disability that has been determined as of January 1 of each year by the Federal Government's Veteran's Administration for the Veteran, through a written certificate to such effect. The exemption for a disabled Veteran also applies to Surviving Spouses of Veterans that at the moment of death were disabled, as well as younger Children and older who are disabled.
What are my Territory of Puerto Rico Military and Veterans Education Benefits?
Puerto Rico National Guard (FIGNA) Tuition Assistance Fund Service Member Spouse and Dependents : Provides funding for Graduate Degree classes up to 18 credits, per fiscal year ( 1 July- 30 June); maximum of $75.00 per credit, and a maximum of $1,350.00 per year, undergraduate or vocational courses, up to 18 credits, maximum of $50.00; or the cost per credit according to the educational institution, whichever is less; and a maximum of $900.00 per year. Medical students are awarded a maximum of $1,000.00 annually for two years.
This is the only incentive that the Service member can assign to the Spouse or dependent (under 23 years of age). Children / stepchildren can claim up to bachelor’s degree. The Spouses can claim up to master’s degree. They can claim one degree at a time and in an ascending way. The military can assign the incentive one at a time.
Who is eligible for Puerto Rico National Guard (FIGNA) Tuition Assistance Fund Service Member Spouse and Dependents? To participate in the State Tuition Assistance program, citizen-Service members must be an active member and pay $5.00 monthly. Spouses and dependent Children of the Service member may also use the benefit.
Puerto Rico Army National Guard Benefit Information
Free Tuition at University of Puerto Rico and Regional Colleges for Puerto Rican Veterans: Puerto Rico provides benefits for a Veteran’s education if the Veteran did not have the GI Bill or if benefits have run out. These Veterans are entitled to free tuition at the University of Puerto Rico and its regional colleges.
Who is eligible for Free Tuition at University of Puerto Rico and Regional Colleges? Puerto Rican Veterans that do not have G.I. Bill Benefits or their benefits have run out are eligible for free tuition.
University of Puerto Rico Veterans Preference Request Form
Reduced Tuition at University of Puerto Rico and Regional Colleges for Dependents of Puerto Rican Veterans: Puerto Rico provides benefits for a Veteran’s dependents education. Dependents of Veterans are entitled to a 50% reduction in tuition at the University of Puerto Rico and its regional colleges.
Children of Veteran Scholarship(s) Regiment 65th Infantry: Children of honorably discharged Veterans under the age of 26 or no limit of age for Children with documented physical or mental limitations may apply.
A minimum of a 2.5 GPA is required.
12 credits minimum for bachelors or 6-9 credits for masters or doctorate.
A copy of High school diploma is required. Proof of college admission, official high school or college transcripts, notarized paystub/income, and not have outstanding debt with U.S or the government of Puerto Rico (proof payment plan can be accepted).
Only one Child per Family may participate and not receive additional U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs benefits.
What are my Territory of Puerto Rico Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?
Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans both in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.
5-point Hiring Preference : Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
During a war; or
During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955; or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent but less than 30 percent.
10-Point 30 Percent Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
A Veteran who received a Purple Heart.
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses or Mothers of Veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a Veteran who is not able to use the preference. Both a Mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a Federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and
Is rated by appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authorities to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; or
Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; or
Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protect civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of Reserve components. USERRA also makes major improvements in protecting Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain