Veterans’ Tax Breaks
Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption
Any veteran who served a minimum of 90 days consecutive active duty (other than for training), was honorably discharged, and is a legal resident of New Mexico qualifies for a $4,000 reduction in the taxable value of their real property for county taxation purposes. This benefit is also available to non-remarried surviving spouses of a veteran who would have otherwise qualified for this benefit.
In lieu of the property tax exemption, this benefit can instead be used to obtain a 1/3 discount off a vehicle registration fee when registering a vehicle in New Mexico.
Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption
Exemption from Excise Taxes on Vehicle Purchases
Veterans’ Service Organization Property Tax Exemption
Veterans’ Educational Benefits
Vietnam Veteran Scholarship
Wartime Veteran Scholarship Fund
Can be used by any veteran who has served in combat since 1990 and who has exhausted all available federal G.I. Education Benefits options. An eligible combat veteran who has served since 1990 will thus no longer have to worry about utilizing their GI Education Benefit bill under a deadline which may not fit their timeframe.
In-State Tuition for Veterans
World War II and Korean Veterans’ High School Diploma
Children of Deceased Veterans
Military Children School Enrollment Priority
Apprenticeship programs typically last between two to five years. Businesses and programs participating in a veteran’s apprenticeship program must require a participating veteran to spend a minimum 2,000 hours of on-the-job training, along with a minimum 144 hours per year of related instruction.
Typical apprenticeship opportunities are offered for: Carpenters, ironworkers, sheet-metal workers, plumbers, construction and architectural design. More info (505) 383-2431
On-The-Job Training (OJT)
Some of the programs offered under OJT program are: Heating and air conditioning repair, law enforcement, security and corrections officer training, warehouse operations, shipping and receiving clerks, landscaping, welding, commercial painting, auto mechanics and the beverage & food industry. More info (505) 383-2431
Special Recognition Benefits
National Guard and Reserves Defined as Veterans
Veterans’ License Plates
The following two plates are available for a one-time $17 fee. Recipients are then responsible for any annual vehicle license fee which may apply:
The following five special-recognition plates are available free of charge for any qualified veteran who can provide proof of achievement:
Gold Star Family License Plate
Patriot License Plate
Special MacArthur Service Medal
Service Member Child Custody Protection
Child custody arrangements cannot be modified while a parent is deployed for military service. All child custody issues involving a deployed parent must wait to be resolved until the deployed parent returns to New Mexico.
New Mexico Personnel Office Veterans Hiring Preference
Business Tax Credit for Hiring Recently-Returned Veterans
5% Procurement Advantage for Veteran-Owned Businesses or Contractors
Military Discharge Papers Protection
Deceased Military Person’s Disposition Arrangements
Veterans’ Free and Reduced-Fee Recreational Benefits
Day-Pass and Three Free Camping Nights for Disabled Veterans
Free State Monuments and Museums Pass for Disabled Veterans
Lifetime Hunting and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans
Reduced-Fee Hunting & Fishing License for Disabled Veterans
Hunting Fee Discount for Non-Resident Disabled Veterans Undergoing Rehabilitation
Temporary Hunting and Fishing License for Active-Duty Military Personnel
Any active duty military personnel, National Guard or Reserve member who is a legally domiciled resident of New Mexico can apply for a temporary active duty fishing or small game hunting license. Applicants must show proof of residency and not claim residency elsewhere. Applicants may also apply if they are on active duty outside the state but are currently on leave here in New Mexico for not more than 30 days.
Forms are once again available for download via this page.
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