Disabled Veteran and Surviving Spouse Property Tax Credit





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

No Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type



The property tax credit is a refundable credit on the individual's income tax equal to the amount of property taxes paid during the year on an eligible veteran's or surviving spouse's principal dwelling. There is no limit on the amount that may be claimed.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Credit to the income tax bill

Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

Property must be principal residence and land surrounding it, not to exceed one acre.

Eligibility Criteria



Principal Residence


Surviving Spouse

Description of Eligibility Criteria

Eligible veterans have a 100% service-connected disability, served honorably on active duty, been a resident of Wisconsin prior to active duty or for any consecutive 5-year period after entry and are currently residents of Wisconsin. Eligible surviving spouses must be unremarried spouses of individuals who served on active duty and, at the time of entry into active service or for any consecutive 5-year period afterwards, lived in Wisconsin. In addition, deceased spouse must have died in the line of duty or had a 100% disability rating at the time of death.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government is unable to exercise an option

Local Option Regarding Program Features

No local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

State reimburses all of the local government tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

Credit is a credit on the income tax.

Record ID




Wis. Stat. § 71.07(6e) (in effect for 2008)

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