15-6-211. Certain disabled or deceased veterans' residences exempt. (1) A residence, including the lot on which it is built, that is owned and occupied by a veteran or a veteran's spouse is exempt from property taxation if the veteran:
(a) was killed while on active duty or died as a result of a service-connected disability; or
(b) if living:
(i) was honorably discharged from active service in any branch of the armed services; and
(ii) is currently rated 100% disabled or is paid at the 100% disabled rate by the U.S. department of veterans affairs for a service-connected disability, as verified by official documentation from the U.S. department of veterans affairs.
(2) Property qualifying under subsection (1) is taxed at the rate provided in 15-6-134(2)(a) multiplied by a percentage figure based on income and determined from the following table:
|Single Person||Married Couple||Multiplier|
|$0 - $30,000||$0 - $36,000||0%|
|$30,001 - $33,000||$36,001 - $39,000||20%|
|$33,001 - $36,000||$39,001 - $42,000||30%|
|$36,001 - $39,000||$42,001 - $45,000||50%|
(3) The property tax exemption under this section remains in effect as long as the property is the primary residence owned and occupied by the veteran or, if the veteran is deceased, by the veteran's spouse and the spouse:
(a) is the owner and occupant of the house;
(b) is unmarried; and
(c) has obtained from the U.S. department of veterans affairs a letter indicating that the veteran was rated 100% disabled or was paid at the 100% disabled rate by the U.S. department of veterans affairs for a service-connected disability at the time of death or that the veteran died while on active duty or as a result of a service-connected disability.
(4) Property qualifying under subsection (3) is taxed at the rate provided in 15-6-134(2)(a) multiplied by a percentage figure based on income and determined from the following table:
|$0 - $25,000|| 0%|
|$25,001 - $28,000||20%|
|$28,001 - $31,000||30%|
|$31,001 - $34,000||50%|
(5) For the purposes of the exemption under this section, the income referred to in subsections (2) and (4) is the taxpayer's federal adjusted gross income, as reported on the latest federal income tax return.
(6) (a) The income levels contained in the tables in subsections (2) and (4) must be adjusted for inflation annually by the department. The adjustment to the income levels is determined by:
(i) multiplying the appropriate dollar amount from the table by the ratio of the PCE for the second quarter of the year prior to the year of application to the PCE for the second quarter of 2002; and
(ii) rounding the product obtained in subsection (6)(a)(i) to the nearest dollar amount.
(b) "PCE" means the implicit price deflator for personal consumption expenditures as published quarterly in the Survey of Current Business by the bureau of economic analysis of the U.S. department of commerce.
History: En. Sec. 11, Ch. 693, L. 1979; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 590, L. 1981; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 594, L. 1987; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 301, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 6, Ch. 399, L. 2003.