Marshall County Assessor: Military Tax Exemption
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Any property owner who has been involved in full-time active duty during a war or conflict, has been honorably discharged and lives in Iowa qualifies for a military exemption. The applicable times of either a war or conflict are spelled out in Section 427.3 of the Code of Iowa. Though the wars date back to 1846, the ones generally in use now begin with World War I. The amount of the exemption in taxable value for the most often used exemptions is $2,778 for WWI and $1,852 for any others after that.

It is the responsibility of each person who qualifies for and wishes to receive a military exemption, to make application with the Assessor and also have their discharge papers (DD214) recorded in the appropriate county. Application is to be made prior to July 1 of the claim year.

National guardsmen and reserves are not eligible for the exemption if their only active duty was for training purposes. On some rare occasions there were guardsmen and reserves who were called into active duty other that training. In these cases the person is eligible for the exemption. See the Code of Iowa Chapter 426A




World War I Declared April 6, 1917
Terminated November 11, 1918


World War II Declared December 7, 1941
Terminated December 31, 1946


Korean Conflict June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955


Vietnam Conflict February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975


Persion Gulf War August 2, 1990 to Present


Lebanon/Granada August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984


Panama December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990


Anyone who served in the National Guard or Reserves for 20 years after January 28, 1973, and is now retired/discharged, now qualifies for an exemption.


(If not recorded in County Records)
National Personnel Records Center, GSA
(Military Personnel Records)
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132