November 25, 2013
FYI- Governor Snyderrecently signed into law P.A. 161 of 2013. This Act amends the Veterans Exemption as follows:
Real property used and owned as a homestead by a disabled veteran who was discharged from the armed forces of the United States under honorable conditions, or who meets at least one of the following criteria:
a. Has been determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans’ benefits at the 100% rate.
b. Has a certificate from the United States Veterans’ Administration certifying that he or she is receiving or has received pecuniary assistance due to disability for specially adapted housing.
c. Has been rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as individually unemployable.
Eligible disabled veterans will be able to apply for a 2013 exemption at the December 2013 Board of Review.
To obtain the exemption, an affidavit showing the facts required by this section (and a copy of the appropriate form proving such claim) and a description of the real property shall be filed by the property owner or his or her legal designee with the supervisor or other assessing officer by the time of the adjournment of the final Board of Review (this year it is December 10th).
The Act requires an Affidavit be filed but does not require this Affidavit to be an official State of Michigan form, however, a standard Affidavit is not planned to be developed at this time.