Cold War Veterans' Exemption - Overview

Eligibility requirements

The Cold War Veterans'€™ Exemption is available on a veteran's primary residence.

Benefits

  • 10 or 15 % reduction in assessed value (as adopted by the taxing jurisdiction)
  • additional reduction is available to a veteran who incurs a service-connected disability, equal to one-half of the service-connected disability rating Cold War period
  • Percentage-level benefits are subject to maximum dollar limits set by each taxing jurisdiction
  • Exemption is limited to 10 years in duration; disability exemption benefit portion has no time limit

Application form

Use Form RP-458-b, Application for cold war veterans exemption from real property taxation

Instructions are also available.

File the form with your municipal assessor.

Annual exemption renewal is not necessary, except in instances where veteran's service-connected disability rating changes.

Required documentation

Submit copy of Form DD-214 (separation of service) or other document attesting to your separation from service (under honorable conditions only) and to the times and places you served on active duty.

Submit U.S. Veterans Administration documents for service-connected disability rating to receive the disability benefits of the exemption.

If you need copies of service records or other information, check with local office of the New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs (listed in the telephone directory under New York State) or your County Veterans' Service Agency as to how you should proceed.

Also, you may write to the Federal Records Center, 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132.

If you are a veteran, or next of kin to a deceased veteran, you may contact the National Archives.  To order a copy of military records; for all others, make your request using Standard Form 180 (SF-180).  Also, submit deed of ownership of residence, or other proof that you and/or your spouse are the owners of the property.

You only need to apply once

There is no time limit on the duration of the exemption - once you file, you will continue to receive the exemption in future years.

If you move or your veteran's service-connected disability rating changes, you will need to re-file Form RP458-a. 

Application deadline
In most communities, the deadline for submitting exemption applications is March 1.  However, the dates vary in some cities and counties.  Please confirm the date with your assessor.  You can find contact information for your assessor in our Municipal Profiles Web page.
Updated: November 21, 2012