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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 11, 2012 02:34 PM
From: Representative John D. Payne
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsorship - Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and Federal Pensions
As you all know, the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program (PTRR) was established with the intent of providing financial assistance to qualifying seniors and others. In order to qualify for the PTRR Program, a wanting claimant must meet one of the age requirements and have a household income of less than $35,000. Additionally, when calculating income levels, claimants are able to exclude half of what they receive in social security payments.

Unfortunately, when the income provisions were established for the PTRR Program, an exception was not included for certain government employees that receive a federal pension in lieu of social security payments. The absence of this exception means that former government employees who receive one of the aforementioned federal pensions is required to report all of their income when applying for the PTRR Program, which in many cases, elevates the claimant’s income level above the $35,000 threshold.

With this in mind, I will be re-introducing legislation in the near future designed to permit a former government employee who receives a federal pension in lieu of social security to exclude half of what they receive on a yearly basis during the PTRR Program application process.

Introduced as HB194