Honoring Veterans with Sales Tax Breaks
- Nov 11, 2015 | Gail Cole
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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