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 an exemption in excess of the first $150,000 in accordance with state regulations. Municipalities can provide additional relief and Municipalities may adopt an ordinance to require that the individual also meet the eligibility criteria of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. By ordinance approved by the voters, a municipality may grant the exemption under this subsection to the widow or widower under 60 years of age of a person who qualified for this exemption.

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 more 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 to be eligible for this program.

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.

Record ID



If the applicant has already paid their taxes upon establishing eligibility, overpaid taxes are refunded. To qualify for a 2022 Permanent Fund Dividend, an applicant must be a resident of Alaska during all of calendar year 2021, intend to remain an Alaska resident indefinitely, not claim residency in any other state or country, and not obtained a benefit as a result of a claim of residency in another state or country at any time since 31 December 2020.


Alaska Stat. § 29.45.030(e);
Alaska Stat. § 29.45.030(i);
Alaska Stat. § 43.23.005 (in effect for 2022)
Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Community and Regional Affairs, Alaska Taxable Report (Jan. 2023)
[https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/4/pub/OSA/taxable%20reports/2022%20Alaska%20Taxable%20Report.pdf Accessed on 09/01/2023]
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Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Division of Community and Regional Affairs, Property Tax Exemptions in Alaska
[https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/dcra/LocalGovernmentResourceDesk/TaxationAssessment/PropertyTaxExemptionsinAlaska.aspx Accessed 01/05/2024]
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