Post 198 to help veterans with sales tax exemption registration

Robert Smith
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Danny Mooney, adjutant for American Legion Post 198 of Pawhuska, said the post will be providing opportunities this spring for 100-percent disabled veterans to receive assistance in regard to a state sales tax exemption offered to them.

Mooney explained that under the terms of Senate Bill 415, a piece of state legislation that was signed into law in 2021, veterans who qualify for a total exemption from sales tax have until July 1, 2023 to officially register in order to continue receiving the exemption.

Mooney provided a copy of a statement from the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, a portion of which says: "To continue using the sales tax exemption, 100-percent disabled veterans will be required toregister with the Oklahoma Veterans Registry. Veterans currently using the sales tax exemptionwill have until July 1, 2023, to complete a one-time registration verifying eligibility. All veteranswho receive a rating of 100 percent in the future will also be required to complete a one-timeregistration."

Senate Bill 415 was designed and intended to prevent fraudulent use of the sales tax exemption for 100-percent disabled veterans. In a statement issued by the Oklahoma Senate regarding the bill, the Senate author of the legislation, Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, voiced concern that it was possible thousands of people were fraudulently claiming the sales tax exemption.

Mooney provided several dates on which veterans can stop in between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Post 198, located on 6th Street in Pawhuska, and receive assistance from a representative of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. The dates are as follows: March 24, April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16 and June 30.

If you have questions, you can contact Post 198 by telephone at 918-287-3636.