OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma state senator says he has filed a bill to stop the fraudulent use of the disabled veterans sales tax exemption.
According to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, Oklahoma currently has twice as many military tax-exempt certificates as 100% disabled veterans in the state.
In 2020, the OTC showed approximated 32,000 military tax-exempt certificates on record. However, the U.D. Department of Veterans Affairs showed only 16,000 fully disabled veterans in Oklahoma.
Sen. Frank Simpson has filed Senate Bill 415, which authorizes the agency to disclose taxpayer information to the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs relating to 100% service-disabled veterans who qualify for the tax exemption.
Veterans will be required to register with the Oklahoma Veterans Registry to remain qualified for the sales tax exemption. The measure will also require the ODVA to verify eligibility for the sales tax exemption upon the OTC’s request.
“This sales tax exemption is a token of our state’s respect and deep gratitude for these brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our country. For someone else to dishonor their service and sacrifice by using the sales tax exemption is intolerable,” Simpson said. “This bill will ensure that our true heroes are honored by providing businesses a better way to verify one’s qualification for the exemption.”
The bill was approved by the Senate Finance Committee.
It will now be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee.