Wyoming Statutes – 2008 Amended
39-13-105. Exemptions; Veterans.
(a) The following persons who are bona fide Wyoming residents for at least three (3) years at the time of claiming the exemption are entitled to receive the tax exemption provided by W.S. 39-11-105(a)(xxiv):
- An honorably discharged veteran of the Indian Wars, Spanish American War, Filipino insurrection, Boxer rebellion, Puerto Rico campaign or First World War;
- An honorably discharged veteran of the Second World War, who served in the military service of the United States between December 7, 1941 and December 31,1946;
- An honorably discharged veteran of the Korean War emergency, who served in the military service of the United States between June 27, 1950 and January 31, 1955;
- An honorably discharged veteran of the Vietnam War emergency, who served in the military service of the United States between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975;
- A surviving spouse, during widowhood or widower hood, of any person qualifying under this subsection or who died while serving honorably during the war, conflict or period described in this section. The tax exemption shall be applied to property the title to which is held by the surviving spouse or to property which is the subject of a trust created by or for the benefit of the surviving spouse;
- An honorably discharged veteran who served in the military service of the Uinted States, who was awarded the armed forces expeditionary medal or other authorized service or campaign medal indicating service for the United States in any armed conflict in a foreign country.
- A disabled veteran with a compensable service connected disability certified by the veterans administration or a branch of the armed forces of the united states.
(c) Except as provided in subsection (g) of this section, in order to receive the exemption provided by this section the claimant shall file an annual sworn claim therefor on or before the fourth Monday in May with the county assessor of the county in which the property against which the exemption is sought is located indicating:
- Claimant's right to the exemption;
- That during the lifetime of the claimant or the claimant's spouse, the claimant or the claimant's spouse is listed as the owner of the property, that the property is the subject of a trust created by or for the benefit of the claimant or the claimant's spouse, or the claimant or the claimant's spouse is listed as a purchaser on a valid and effective contract for deed for the property and evidence of the contract for deed has been recorded with the county clerk;
- The total tax benefit which the claimant has received under this section to the best of the claimant's knowledge.
- That the exemption for real property shall only apply to the principal residence of the veteran or qualifying surviving spouse;
- That the exemption shall be claimed by the veteran or qualifying surviving spouse in not more than one (1) county in this state.
(e) The county assessor shall accept a claim made by a claimant's spouse, or may waive the filing to a claim and allow on exemption, in the case of a qualified claimant who reentered the armed service of the United States on or before the fourth Monday in May of the year in which the exemption is claimed.
(f) As used in this section "honorably discharged veteran" means a member of the military forces of the United States whose written evidence of separation from the military forces shows an honorable discharge or the rendition of honorable military service.
(g) Notwithstanding subsection (c) of this section and except as provided in subsections (d) and (e) Of this section, a claimant under this section may file a claim after the fourth Monday in May and receive the exemption for that taxable year but only to modify motor vehicle registration fees as authorized under W.S. 31-3-101(b)(iii).
(h) A surviving spouse, during widowhood or widower hood, is qualified for the tax exemption under W.S.39-11-105(a)(xxiv) and entitled to apply for it under the same procedure specified in this section for veterans if:
- At the time of the spouse's death, both the veteran and the veteran's spouse were residents of Wyoming;
- The veteran' s spouse has been a resident of Wyoming for at least three(3) years at the time the spouse claims the exemption; and
- The veteran would have qualified under subsection (a) of this section for a tax exemption had the veteran survived and applied for the exemption.
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