Chapter 14: Disability Tax Provisions and Special Discounts
Section 3: Discounts and Special Benefits
America the Beautiful - Access Pass
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
America the Beautiful - Senior Pass
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
America the Senior Pass costs $10. This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
Oklahoma Parks and Recreation Facilities
Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation
800-654-8240 Toll Free
State of Oklahoma resorts provide a 15% room or cabin discount to persons age 62 and over and to persons who are totally disabled. Senior citizen discounts apply year-round, Sunday - Thursday nights only. Totally disabled discounts apply seven days a week, year-round. Recreational activities are not discounted. A campground discount of 50% off the campsite base rate is offered seven days a week; utility charges are not discounted. Verification of total disability is required to be eligible for the disability discounts. Verification documents may be a Social Security award letter, Medicare card, letter from an insurance board or doctor, or a veterans hunting or fishing license. Also, VA cards showing total disability or a disabled veteran's tax exemption. Wheelchair accessible resorts include Lake Murray Lodge, Lake Texoma Lodge, Quartz Mountain, Roman Nose and Western Hills Guest Ranch. A totally accessible cabin is available at Greenleaf Lake. Request the "Oklahoma Vacation Guide" or the brochure "Discount Program for Totally Disabled and Senior Citizens" for information on Oklahoma parks and resorts. You may also call individual lodges or the phone numbers above. Direct link to Oklahoma State Accessible Recreation Guide: www.travelok.com/ada-rec/.
Oklahoma Sales Tax Relief Credit [Individual]
O.S. 68-5010 sections 1-7: To file for sales tax relief, you must be an Oklahoma resident and physically live in Oklahoma for the entire year. Your total gross household income cannot exceed $20,000 unless one of the following applies:
- You can claim an exemption for your dependent, or
- You are 65 years of age or older by 12/31/06, or
- You have a physical disability constituting a substantial handicap to employment (provide proof, see Form 538-S).
If any one of the above three items pertains to you, your total gross household income limit is increased to $50,000. Fill out and enclose Form 538-S if you qualify for this credit.
The Department of Human Services will make sales tax refunds to persons who have been continuously receiving aid to the aged, blind and disabled or Medicaid payment for nursing home care. These individuals do not need to file claims directly with the Tax Commission.See Schedule 511-C, follow this link, http://www.tax.ok.gov/it2006/511-PKT-06.pdf.
Oklahoma Wildlife Department
1801 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-521-3852 Voice -Licensing
Hunting and Fishing Licenses for People with Disabilities - Legally blind or physically impaired persons who have difficulty using fishing equipment are not required to purchase State fishing licenses if they carry with them a letter from a doctor specifying their disability and functional limitations. One companion may also fish free.
Persons using wheelchairs are exempt from State hunting licenses if they carry a doctor's letter specifying their disability; however, non-ambulatory hunters who wish to hunt from a vehicle on private lands must obtain a non-ambulatory permit. Veterans with disability ratings of 60% or more may contact the VA office in Muskogee at 1-888-655-2838 to obtain a card which will exempt them from purchase of hunting and fishing licenses (some tags not included).
Also exempt from fishing license requirements are residents of Oklahoma institutions established for the care and treatment of mental illness or alcohol or drug dependence, and persons who are developmentally disabled and residing in a group home or other institution.
The state also has a Disability Fishing License which is valid for five years and can be purchased for $10. This license is available for legal residents of Oklahoma who have lived in the state for six months and who are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance or SSI. A 5-year Disability Hunting License (same qualifications) may also be purchased for $10.
Call the numbers above for added information on disability hunting and fishing license provisions. Wildlife Department publications on hunting and fishing regulations, including disability provisions, are available on request.
To correct, update or add resource listings notify:
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
Public Information Office | Dana Tallon | Oklahoma Disability Resource Guide Editor