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Summary of Rhode Island Military and Veterans Benefits: Rhode Island offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including Veterans Employment Preference, Tax Exemption , Education Assistance and Scholarships and Special Vehicle License Plates. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

Rhode Island State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

 What are my Rhode Island Military and State Tax Benefits?

Rhode Island Retired Military Pay Taxes: Military retired pay follows federal tax rules. It is subject to state tax.

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Rhode Island Military Disability Retired Pay Taxes: 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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Rhode Island 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) Rhode Island State Tax Benefits : Survivor benefits are taxed in Rhode Island. However an individual who qualifies and files as a "Surviving Spouse" under the Internal Revenue Code , applicable for the subject tax year, and who was domiciled in the state of Rhode Island for the entire tax year and who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older and has an adjusted gross income of less than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) shall be entitled to a two percent (2%) tax credit based on adjusted gross income, up to a maximum of five hundred dollars ($500). This credit is not refundable, and is only available for the year in which it is claimed.

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Rhode Island Non-Resident State Tax Exemption: Military pay received by a nonresident Service member stationed in Rhode Island is not subject to Rhode Island income tax. This does not apply to other income derived from Rhode Island sources, e.g., if the service person holds a separate job, not connected with his or her military service, income received from that job is subject to Rhode Island income tax.

In addition, under the provisions of the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, income for services performed by the Service member's Spouse can only be subject to income tax by the state of which they are legal residents if the Service member's Spouse meets certain conditions. Income for services performed by the Service member's Spouse in Rhode Island would be exempt from Rhode Island income tax if the Service member's Spouse moves to Rhode Island solely to be with the Service member complying with military orders sending the Service member to Rhode Island. The Service member and the Service member's Spouse must also share the same non-Rhode Island domicile.

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Rhode Island Property Tax Exemptions: Eligible Veterans residing in Rhode Island may receive an exemption either on their real estate tax bill or on their motor vehicle tax bill. Veterans who serve in more than one campaign may receive only one exemption. Exemptions shall be applied to the property in the municipality where the Veteran resides, and if there is not sufficient property to exhaust the exemption, the Veteran may claim the balance in any other city or town where he/she may own property. An exemption shall not be allowed to Veterans who are not legal residents of the State of Rhode Island. To qualify for an exemption, appropriate documentation will be required by the municipality at the time of application.

 There are seven exemption categories:

  • Veterans' regular exemption

  • Unmarried Surviving Spouse of a qualified Veteran

  • Veterans' exemption for totally disabled through service connected disability

  • Veterans' exemption for partially disabled through service connected disability

  • Gold Star Parents' exemption

  • Prisoner of War exemption

  • Specially adapted housing exemption

Who is Eligible for a Rhode Island Property Tax Exemptions? To be eligible, a Veteran must have served or been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable and served during wartime periods as specified by law. The eligible wartime periods are:

  • World War II, December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946

  • Berlin: May 9, 1945 to October 2, 1990. Cold War/Show of Strength

  • Korean Conflict, June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955

  • Quemoy and Matsu: August 23, 1956 to June 1, 1963. Show of Force and Escort

  • Vietnam: July 1, 1958 to July 3, 1965. Advisory/US Troops Ordered to Undertake Offensive Position

  • Vietnam Conflict, February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975

  • Vietnam Conflict & RVNCM: July 3, 1965 to March 8, 1973. U.S. Troops Ordered to Offensive Position

  • Korea: October 1, 1966 to June 30, 1974. Treaty Commitment

  • El Salvador: January 1, 1981 to February 1, 1992. Advisory/Training

  • Persons who actually served in the Grenada or Lebanon Conflicts of 1983 - 1984.

  • Persian Gulf: August 2, 1990 to November 30, 1995 (Operation Desert Shield & Desert Storm)

  • Persian Gulf Conflict, the Haitian Conflict, the Somalian Conflict and the Bosnian Conflict at anytime

  • During the period beginning August 2, 1990 and ending May 1, 1994, or in any conflict or undeclared war for which a campaign ribbon or expeditionary medal was earned, and who was honorably discharged from the service, or who, if not discharged, served honorably, or of the unmarried Surviving Spouse of that person.

  • Southwest Asia: December 1995 ongoing. Maritime Intercept Operation, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Vigilant Sentinel, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Desert Thunder, Operation Desert Fox, Exercise Intrinsic Action, Exercise Iris Gold, Operation Desert Spring

  • Former Republic of Yugoslavia: December 20, 1995 - ongoing. Operation Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard and Force

  • Haiti: April 1, 1995 to January 31, 2000. Operation: UNMHI, U.S. for Haiti, USSPTG-Haiti

  • Kosovo, March 24, 1999 to Present

  • Operation Noble Eagle, September 12, 2001 to Present

  • Operation Enduring Freedom, September 12, 2001 to Present

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom, September 12, 2001 to Present

Please note there are other military engagements that encompass a smaller period of eligible time for which Veterans' exemptions are available. Please contact the local tax assessor for eligibility.

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