The Town of Hempstead participates in three veterans exemptions; Alternative Veterans, Cold War Veterans, and Eligible Funds. Only one exemption can be received at a time. However, if a property is co-owned by two qualified veterans, two veterans' exemptions can be combined (exemption amounts cannot exceed the property's assessed value).
Percentage-level benefits are subject to a maximum dollar limit set by each taxing jurisdiction. In general, eligible veterans will receive a partial exemption on county and town taxes and school taxes in districts that opt into this program, but not on special district taxes or special assessments.
Property must be owned by a discharged veteran, his/her spouse or both, an un-remarried surviving spouse, or a Gold Star Parent (parent of a child who died in the line of duty while serving in the Armed Forces during a period of war). If there is no un-remarried surviving spouse, the veteran's surviving dependent parent or minor children may also be eligible under certain conditions.
Required Documents or Certified Copies
- Proof of Service - Report of Separation (Form DD-214 or WD-AGO-53-55); Certificate of Service (DD-217) or USA Certification of Military Service (NA-13038).
- Proof of Ownership - Deed or certificate of shares.
- Proof of Residence - Driver's license, car registration, latest NYS resident income tax return, voter registration card, or SSA 1099.
- Other Documentation (as required) - VA combined service-connected disability compensation rating letter (certified by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs or the U.S. Department of Defense); veteran's death certificate (if the widow is the applicant); veteran's certificate of demise (for Gold Star Parent); trust (all pages).
- In cases involving two or more properties, a letter from the municipality where a previous veterans exemption was granted stating that said exemption was removed.
Veteran Service Records
If you are a veteran or next-of-kin of a deceased veteran, you may contact the Federal Records Center at 866-272-6272 to order a copy of your military records. All others may request information using Standard Form 180.
Applications can be downloaded (see Online Applications at right) or requested by calling 516-538-1500. Applications must be filed with the Nassau County Department of Assessment. Once approved, you do not have to reapply unless you sell your home and buy another residence that qualifies for the exemption.
Applications for the 2024/2025 Assessment Roll must be postmarked or received by the Taxable Status Date of January 2, 2024.
Important reminder: Residents should contact the Department of Assessment before changing the name on their deed or certificate of shares and before changing their primary residence, as the exemption status may be impacted.
The Hempstead Town Tax Office does not determine exemption eligibility. The information contained on this web page is presented to the residents of the Town of Hempstead by the Receiver of Taxes for informational purposes only. It is subject to change at any time without notice.