Exemption for Senior Citizens and Disabled Veterans with Local Option





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

No Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type



The first $150,000 of assessed value is exempt from taxation. By local option, municipalities may provide for an exemption in addition to the first $150,000 in accordance with state regulations. Municipalities can provide additional relief and may adopt ordinances establishing that the individual must also meet the eligibility criteria of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Exemption from assessed value

Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

Only residential property is eligible for this benefit.

Eligibility Criteria




Principal Residence


Surviving Spouse

Other Criteria

Description of Eligibility Criteria

The exemption applies to real property owned and occupied as a primary residence by: (1) residents age 65 or older; (2) disabled veterans with a 50% or greater service-related disability; or (3) residents age 60 or older who are surviving spouses of a person otherwise qualified for this exemption. By local option, local governments may adopt ordinances prescribing that individuals must meet the eligibility criteria of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend in order to be eligible.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government is unable to exercise an option

Local Option Regarding Program Features

Local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

State and local government share the local tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

The state reimburses local governments for that portion of the tax loss that is not discretionary to the local governing body. State reimbursement is conditional upon annual appropriations. Program costs have exceeded state funding levels since 1986 and the state has not appropriated revenues to reimburse the counties since FY1997.

Enrollment Data

In 2018, there were 41,340 approved applications, for a total assessed exempt value of $5,821,077,204 and $84,684,847 in total exempt taxes.

Record ID



If the applicant has already paid their taxes upon establishing eligibility, overpaid taxes shall be refunded. To qualify for a 2018 Permanent Fund Dividend the applicant must be a resident of Alaska during all of calendar year 2017; intend to remain an Alaska resident indefinitely; not claim residency in any other state or country or obtained a benefit as a result of a claim of residency in another state or country at any time since December 31, 2016. In addition, the applicant must not have been sentenced as a result of a felony conviction during 2017, incarcerated at any time during 2017 as the result of a felony conviction, or incarcerated at any time during 2017 as the result of a misdemeanor conviction in Alaska if convicted of a prior felony or two or more prior misdemeanors since January 1, 1997. Finally, an absence from Alaska for more than 180 days was an allowable absence; and the applicant has been physically present in Alaska for at least 72 consecutive hours at some time during 2016 or 2017.


Alaska Stat. § 29.45.030(e); Alaska Stat. § 29.45.030(i)(in effect for 2018)
Alaska Taxable p. 39 (2019) Department of Commerce, Office of the State Assessor [https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/dcra/OfficeoftheStateAssessor/AlaskaTaxable-New.aspx Accessed on 04/02/2019]

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Property Tax Exemptions in Alaska (2017) Division of Community and Regional Affairs [https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/dcra/LocalGovernmentOnline/TaxationAssessment/PropertyTaxExemptionsinAlaska.aspx accessed 04/02/2019]

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