Property tax break for severely injured Texas vets

HOUSTON (AP) - A new Texas law means an exemption for disabled veterans and welcome relief from having to worry about paying property taxes on their homes.

Gov. Rick Perry in June signed legislation waiving property taxes on the homes of severely injured veterans who seek and quality for the exemption.

The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday that more than 1,500 veterans in the Houston area have contacted the Harris County Appraisal District for details.

Disabled veterans in Texas will qualify if the Department of Veterans Affairs has determined they are unable to work or are receiving 100 percent disability compensation due to their military service.

The new law also increases exemptions for veterans with disability ratings of 30 percent, 50 percent or 70 percent. Many states offer similar tax breaks.

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