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Honoring Veterans with Sales Tax Breaks

  • Nov 11, 2015 | Gail Cole

 Some states provide sales tax benefits for veterans and active members of the military.

Today is Veteran’s Day, a time for Americans to pause in our normal routines in order to honor our veterans.

Many states give thanks to veterans and active military members year-round with tax breaks and tax credits. Some even provide relief from sales tax, including but not limited to:

  • Arkansas: the gross receipts or proceeds from the sale of a new automobile to a veteran who is blind as a result of a service-connected injury (one vehicle every two years) are exempt
  • California: active military members and their families may be exempt from the state’s use tax on certain purchases
  • Connecticut: nonresident members of the armed forces stationed on full-time active duty in Connecticut pay a reduced rate of sales tax on motor vehicles
  • Georgia: vehicles purchased by disabled veterans are exempt from sales tax
  • Maryland: active duty military personnel are exempt from a portion of the motor vehicle excise tax and the vessel excise tax
  • Massachusetts: each disabled veteran may purchase one passenger vehicle or pick-up truck exempt from sales tax
  • New York: active members of the military and veterans may purchase military decorations exempt from sales tax
  • Oklahoma: 100% disabled veterans are exempt from sales tax
  • South Dakota: veterans with a rated disability of 60% or higher are eligible for an annual sales tax or property tax refund
  • Vermont: certain disabled veterans who have had their vehicle modified to accommodate their disability are exempt from vehicle sales tax
  • Washington: between August 1, 2013 and July 1, 2018, sales of add-on automotive adaptive equipment prescribed by a physician to a disabled veteran or member of the armed forces are exempt from sales and use tax

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Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.