Melissa Perez, Public Information Officer
Sandoval County Chief Deputy Assessor reminds veterans living in the county that they could qualify for exemptions that could reduce their property taxes.
“It breaks my heart when a veteran comes into our office who is eligible for these benefits but never knew about them,” said Chief Deputy Assessor Christie Humphrey.
The Sandoval County Assessor’s Office has partnered with New Mexico Veteran Service Department (NMDVS) to reach more of our county’s most honored citizens and making sure they are taking advantage of benefits they have earned. There are several county Veterans’ Service Partnership Day events each month held at the Sandoval County Administration Building located at 1500 Idalia Rd. Building D. In addition, there are also events at various Sandoval County Senior Centers on the 2nd Thursday of every month. (February will be held at the Cuba Senior Center) and also at the Rio Rancho Meadowlark Senior Center on the last Thursday of the month.
“These men and women have earned these benefits and we need to reach as many veterans as we can. We need to honor veterans and ensure that their sacrifice is never forgotten. I am excited to partner with the Veteran Services Department to accomplish this goal,” said Humphrey.
There are two veteran exemptions that property owners may qualify for. The first exemption is the $4,000 veteran’s exemption. This exemption can be used on any real property they own and it can also be applied to the registration on their vehicle. Any Sandoval County veteran who served a minimum of 90 consecutive active duty days (other than for training), and who was honorably discharged, and is a legal resident of New Mexico qualifies for a $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of their real property for Sandoval County taxation purposes. This benefit is also available to non-remarried surviving spouses of veterans who would have otherwise qualified for this benefit.
The second exemption is the 100 percent disabled veteran property tax exemption available to any veteran who has been rated at 100 percent service-connected disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and who is a legal resident of New Mexico. This exemption grants a 100 percent property tax waiver on their primary residence. Recent legislative statutory changes, that Sandoval County supported, also allow this exemption to be applied to special assessments. Therefore, this rule now truly exempts the 100% disabled veteran from all real property taxes.
Veterans are encouraged to apply for these benefits before April 30, 2018 in order to receive the exemption for tax year 2018. Both of these benefits require the veteran to bring the original tax waiver certificate issued by the New Mexico Veteran Services Department (NMDVS) into the Assessor’s office.
If residents feel they are eligible for either of these benefits, they can contact the NMDVS directly at 1-866-433-8387, or come to Veterans’ Services Partnership Day. The next outreach is scheduled for February 8 at the Cuba Senior Center on 16 West Cordova Ave #A, Cuba NM from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Make sure to bring your DD-214 with you when you come.
Learn more about veteran tax exemptions or the Sandoval County Assessor’s Office online at: sandovalcountynm.gov