There are two deductions available to disabled Veterans. Taxpayers use the same form to apply for the Totally Disabled Veteran and Veteran With Service Connected Disability Deductions. You may receive both deductions if you qualify.
Totally Disabled Veteran Deduction
To be eligible, a veteran must have served in the U.S. military for at least 90 days with an honorable discharge. The applicant must be totally disabled or at least 62 years old with at least a 10% disability. The assessed value of the taxpayer's Indiana property (real property, mobile or manufactured home not assessed as real property) cannot exceed $175,000.
Veteran With Service Connected Disability
To be eligible, the veteran must have received an honorable discharge after serving in the U.S. military or naval forces during any of its wars. The applicant must have a service connected disability of at least 10%. This deduction is sometime referred to as the partially disable veteran deduction.
A veteran's surviving spouse may claim these deductions if the veteran met the eligibility requirements of at the time of death and the surviving spouse owns property or is buying property under contract at the time the deduction is filed.
A veteran must provide proof of a disability when applying. Supporting documentation includes a Pension Certificate or Award of Compensation by the U.S Department of Veterans' Affairs or a Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Indiana Department of Veterans' Affairs (IVDA) after the IVDA has determined that the disability qualifies the veteran for the deduction.
You can file your deduction application in person or by mail. If you have any questions about how to fill out the application form, we strongly recommend that you file in person at the Auditor's office. Staff will be able to answer questions you may have to assure that the form is completed correctly.
You can file the application in person or by mail at: Porter County Auditor, 155 Indiana Ave., Suite 204, Valparaiso IN 46383.