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Ohio Veterans Bonus application deadline Dec. 31, 2014

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that under a program approved by voters in 2009, Ohio veterans who served in Iraq from March 19, 2003, to Dec. 31, 2011, have until Dec. 31, 2014, to apply for their Ohio Veterans Bonuses. According to the article, the bonus is not subject to state or federal income taxes and pays $100 per month, up to a maximum of $1,000. For Ohio veterans who served elsewhere during that eight-year period, the payment is $50 per month, up to a maximum of $500. The state will continue to award the bonus to Ohio veterans who served in Afghanistan, or anywhere else in the world, since Oct. 7, 2001.

Beyond this, the article notes that veterans who have been medically discharged due to injuries sustained in Iraq can receive $1,000, plus up to $500 for service elsewhere.

For consideration of the compensation, the Ohio Department of Veterans Services website states that online bonus applications must be submitted no later than Dec. 31, 2014, and hard copy applications sent to the Ohio Veterans Bonus program must be postmarked on or before Dec. 31, 2014.

The website provides an online eligibility tool that veterans can access to determine if they qualify, along with an online application and instructions.

The website offers additional eligibility criteria as follows:

  • The person was an Ohio resident at the start of active duty service.
  • The person is currently an Ohio resident.
  • The person has not received a bonus or compensation of a similar nature from another state.


The website also enables Ohio veterans to check the status of an application previously submitted.

Delaware’s deadline for business license renewals is Dec. 31, 2014

The Delaware Division of Revenue (DOR) reminds businesses that they must renew their Delaware business licenses by Dec. 31, 2014.

Delaware promotes online license renewals as a convenient, fast, and secure way of ensuring that those businesses that are required to have proof of a current license, such as contractors and businesses that receive government payments, have it. This is because “the service also allows taxpayers to print a temporary license directly from their PC, which substitutes as a valid license until a permanent license is received in the mail.”