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 veteran’s 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. Villages may participate at local option.
Property must be owned by an honorably discharged veteran, his/her spouse or both, an unremarried 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 unremarried surviving spouse, the veteran’s surviving dependent parent or minor children may also be eligible under certain conditions.
Alternative Veterans Exemption
The Alternative Veterans Exemption is a property tax reduction program on the primary residence of veterans who served during a period of war or have received an Expeditionary Medal. This exemption, which reduces the assessed value of the home before the tax rate is applied, provides three levels of benefits:
- 15 percent of the assessed value for non-combat veterans for service during wartime.
- Additional 10 percent for combat veterans who served in a combat zone.
- Additional benefit for disabled veterans equal to one-half of the VA combined service-connected disability rating.*
In order to receive the Alternative Veterans Exemption, the veteran must have served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces during a designated time of war as follows:
|Persian Gulf||Beginning 8/2/90|
|Panama||12/20/89 - 1/31/90|
|Lebanon||6/1/83 - 12/1/87|
|Grenada||10/23/83 - 11/21/83|
|Vietnam War||2/28/61 - 5/7/75|
|Korean War||6/27/50 - 1/31/55|
|World War II||12/7/41 - 12/31/46|
|Expeditionary Medal must have been received to be eligible for the Alternative Veterans Exemption in these instances.|
Gold Star Parents are eligible for the Alternative Veterans Exemption.
Qualifying veterans who were called to active duty to restore and maintain postal service during Operation Graphic Hand (March 23, 1970) are also eligible for the Alternative Veterans Exemption.
Veterans of the Guard and Reserve who were called up for active duty for any service other than training during a period of war are entitled to a veterans exemption on the town and county portion of their real estate taxes. Proof must be provided that service was not for training.
Cold War Veterans Exemption
The Cold War Veterans Exemption is a property tax reduction program on the primary residence of veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the Cold War period between September 2, 1945 and December 26, 1991. This exemption, which reduces the assessed value of the home before the tax rate is applied, provides two levels of benefits:
- 15 percent of the assessed value or current Nassau County cap of $120, depending on whichever is lower.
- Additional benefit for disabled veterans equal to one-half of their VA combined service-connected disability rating.*
In 2018, Hempstead Town lifted a 10-year sunset clause, extending Cold War Veterans Exemption benefits for a lifetime as long as the veteran or their unremarried surviving spouse remains a homeowner of the property. Hempstead Town further enhanced benefits in 2019 by raising the exemption level to the maximum limit allowed under state law.
The Eligible Funds Exemption is a property tax reduction program on a veteran owned property that was purchased with the veteran’s military pension, bonus or insurance monies, Mustering?Out Pay, etc. The amount of the exemption is equal to the amount of eligible funds used to purchase the home. The Eligible Funds Exemption is closed to new applicants, but can be reduced by reassessments or increased when newly received VA money is reinvested into the property. This exemption covers general municipal taxes only. To receive a reduction on school taxes, Eligible Funds recipients must file for the Alternative Veterans Exemption.
Service-connected disabilities must be certified by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs or the U.S. Department of Defense. If the disability is not permanent, a renewal application must be submitted.
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), Honorable Discharge Certificate (DD-256) may also be required to show character of service. Proof of service documents must show the character of service as “Honorable.”
- 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 widow is 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 below or requested by calling (516) 538-1500. Applications must be filed with the Nassau County Department of Assessment, 240 Old Country Road, Mineola, NY 11501. Once approved, you do not have to reapply unless you sell your home and buy another residence that qualifies for the exemption.
View Your Guide to VETERAN EXEMPTIONS an informational brochure prepared by the Receiver of Taxes.View PDF
View a NYS Office of Real Property Tax Services Alternate Veterans' Tax Exemption Application.View PDF
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.
Applications for the 2020-2021 Assessment Roll must be postmarked or received by the Taxable Status Date of January 2, 2020.
The Hempstead Town Tax Office does not determine exemption eligibility. The information contained in this brochure is presented to the residents of the Town of Hempstead by the Receiver of Taxes for informational purposes only and is subject to change at any time without notice.