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Summary of Washington State Military and Veterans Benefits: Washington State offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including property tax exemptions, state employment preferences, 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.
Washington State Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
Washington State Personal Income Tax: Washington State does not have a personal or corporate income tax. However, people or businesses that engage in business in Washington are subject to business and occupation (B&O) and/or public utility tax.
Washington State Retirement Income Taxes: Washington State does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Washington.
Washington State Retired Military Pay Taxes: Washington State does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Washington.
Washington State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retired Pay: Washington State does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Washington.
Washington State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Washington State does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Washington.
Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)/ Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP)/ Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Washington State Tax Benefits : Washington State does not levy a general state income tax on individuals, so you are not required to file an individual state tax return for Washington.
Washington State Property Tax Exemption: Disposable income is used to determine eligibility for certain property tax relief programs. Veterans' disability, dependency and indemnity compensation benefits are NOT included in the calculation of disposable income. (Military retirement pay still has to be included in disposable income.)
Who is eligible for the Washington State Property Tax Exemption? To qualify for the Exemption Program, you must be at least 61 years of age OR disabled OR a disabled Veteran with a 100 percent service-connected disability. (If a Veteran is disabled and unable to work, or at least age 61, the Veteran may still qualify even if they are not 100% service-connected disabled.) You must also own and occupy your residence and your combined disposable income must be $40,000 or less, (Veterans' disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation are not included when calculating disposable income.)
Washington State Property Tax Assistance Program for Surviving Spouses of Veterans: The qualifying Surviving Spouse receives assistance for payment of property taxes in the form of a grant. The assistance amount is based on the applicant's income, the value of the residence, and the local levy rates. The grant does not have to be repaid as long as the applicant continues to live in the residence until at least December 15 in the year a grant is received.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Property Tax Assistance Program for Surviving Spouses of Veterans? A Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who died as a result of a service- connected disability; OR was rated 100% disabled by VA for 10 years prior to death; OR was a former POW and rated 100% disabled for 1 year prior to death; OR died on active duty or training status. The Surviving Spouse must be at least sixty-two years of age by December 31 of the year the taxes are due OR be retired from regular gainful employment by reason of disability. The Surviving Spouse must not have remarried.
The Surviving Spouse must own and occupy a primary residence in the State of Washington; have combined disposable income of $40,000 or less.
Disabled person must provide written acknowledgment by Social Security or Veterans Administration - OR - Washington State Department of Revenue, Proof of Disability Affidavit
Washington State Education Tuition Waiver for Veterans: ( RCW 28B.15.621 ) The State Legislature has authorized state community colleges, colleges and universities to waive all or a portion of tuition and fees' for eligible Veterans or National Guard members. Each college or university establishes and operates their own Veterans waiver program, so it is best to get in touch with the college or university you plan to attend for details on their program.
Who is eligible for the Washington State Education Tuition Waiver for Veterans? An eligible Veteran or National Guard member is defined as: "...a Washington domiciliary who was an active or reserve member of the United States military or naval forces, or a National Guard member called to active duty, who served in active Federal service, under either Title 10 or Title 32 of the United States Code, in a war or conflict fought on foreign soil or in international waters or in another location in support of those serving on foreign soil or in international waters, and if discharged from service, has received an honorable discharge."