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Alternative veterans exemption legislative update
Governor Hochul recently signed into law an amendment to the alternative veterans exemption. The new legislation, Chapter 611 of the Laws of 2023, updates the definition of “veteran” to include certain career members of the armed forces. This amendment is in effect for the upcoming 2024 property tax cycle.
Generally speaking, career service members may be considered “veterans” under the new law if they:
have fulfilled their initial military service commitment; were not discharged or released when that initial commitment ended because they reenlisted; would have been eligible for a non-dishonorable discharge or release if they had not reenlisted; and have served for at least ten years. The webpage will be updated shortly. Updates to the form are underway and expected in the new year. For more information, you may review the amendment on the New York State Legislature’s website (search S7461 or A3381-A).