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Property Tax Exemption for Former POW’s

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1. Missouri Prisoner of War Property Tax Exemption, Amendment 2 appeared on the November 2nd, 2010 statewide ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment where it was approved by a sixty-six to thirty-four percent margin.

2.  All property, real and personal, of the state, counties and other political subdivisions, and nonprofit cemeteries, and all real property used as a homestead as defined by law of any citizen of this state who is a former prisoner of war, as defined by law, and who has a total service-connected disability, shall be exempt from taxation: These words were added to the text of Article X Section 6.1.

3. Missouri Revised Statutes 135.010 (4) “Homestead“, the dwelling in Missouri owned or rented by the claimant and not to exceed five acres of land surrounding it as is reasonably necessary for use of the dwelling as a home. It may consist of part of a multi-dwelling or multipurpose building and part of the land upon which it is built. “Owned” includes a vendee in possession under a land contract and one or more tenants by the entireties, joint tenants, or tenants in common and includes a claimant actually in possession if he was the immediate former owner of record, if a lineal descendant is presently the owner of record, and if the claimant actually pays all taxes upon the property. It may include a mobile home;

4. All one hundred percent service-connected disabled ex-prisoner of war veterans owning real property in Missouri and who are liable for the taxes on the real property can petition their County Assessors for exemption of paying real property taxes.

5. Other County Assessors require applicants to provide the following documents as evidence: documents or sworn affirmation the veteran occupies the homestead, letter from US Department of Veterans Affairs as proof of service-connected and total disability, and proof of Ex-Prisoner of War status.

6. The Missouri Property Tax Credit Claim gives credit to certain senior citizens and 100 percent disabled individuals for a portion of the real estate taxes or rents they have paid for the year. The credit is for a maximum of $750 for renters and $1,100 for owners who owned and occupied their home. The actual credit is based on the amount of real estate taxes or rent paid and total household income (taxable and nontaxable). RSMo 135.010 (1)

7. In retrospect was the Amendment a good thing or was it legislation passed to right a perceived injustice?

(Presented before the Cape Girardeau, Missouri County Commission June 6, 2013, by David Larson to fulfill the requirements for Level 3 Self-governance Training)

Written by Leatherneck Blogger

June 7, 2013 at 06:00

Posted in Taxes

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