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 is exempt from taxation. By local option, municipalities may provide for exemption in addition to the first $150,000 in accordance with state regulations.

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 fund this program since FY1997.

Enrollment Data

In 2015, there were 35,561 approved applications, for a total assessed exempt value of $4,908,123,508 and $66,223,849 in total exempt taxes.

Record ID



If the applicant has already paid their taxes upon establishing eligibility, overpaid taxes shall be refunded. If the applicant has already paid their taxes upon establishing eligibility, overpaid taxes shall be refunded.


Alaska Stat. § 29.45.030(e); (in effect for 2015)
Alaska Taxable p. 61 (2015) Department of Commerce, Office of the State Assessor [https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/4/pub/OSA/2015-Full.pdf Accessed on 03/30/2016] View Archived Source

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