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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: November 9, 2015 03:37 PM
From: Representative Neal P. Goodman
To: All House members
Subject: Exempt State Veterans’ Benefits from Income Definition for Property Tax Rent Rebate Program
In the near future I will introduce legislation to exempt state veterans’ benefit payments from the definition of income for the purpose of determining eligibility for the Property Tax Rent Rebate program. This is a corrective redraft of HB 494 of this session.

State veterans’ benefit payments are service-connected compensation or payments provided by the Commonwealth to veterans, or an unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran, to thank and honor them for their service to our country. These are benefits the Pennsylvania Legislature has specifically authorized and include such payments as the blind veteran’s pension (max of $1800/ year), the amputee and paralyzed veteran’s pension (max of $1800/year), and state veterans’ temporary assistance (max of $1600/year), which provides veterans temporary financial assistance for food, shelter, fuel, and clothing.

These are not large annual payments, but unfortunately some veterans have been disqualified from the Property Tax Rent Rebate program because of them. This legislation has already unanimously passed the House this session in the form of an amendment and was given a fiscal note showing limited fiscal impact on the Property Tax Rent Rebate program.

Please join me in sponsoring this legislation.

PREVIOUS SPONSORS: Barrar, Bizzarro, Boback, Brownlee, Carroll, Deasy, DeLuca, Freeman, Gibbons, Heffley, James, Kinsey, Kortz, Mackenzie, Matzie, Murt, O'Brien, Ravenstahl, Sabatina, Schlossberg, Schweyer, Sims, Snyder, Thomas, Tobash, and Youngblood.

Introduced as HB1725