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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 10, 2017 01:06 PM
From: Representative Marty Flynn
To: All House members
Subject: Real Estate Tax Exemption for Deceased Veterans’ Spouses (former HB 2061)
In the near future, I will be re-introducing legislation – former House Bill 2061 – to amend Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to allow the unmarried surviving spouse of a deceased veteran to receive a real estate tax exemption even if the veteran died before being declared 100% disabled, so long as the veteran died before the end of the evaluation period but would have been declared disabled.

Under current law, a veteran who is injured during active duty service and are no longer able to perform his or her duties is subject to an evaluation period in which it is determined whether he or she is able to perform any other duties within the military or is deemed to be 100% disabled.

However, should the veteran die as a result of his or her injury or disability before the evaluation period is complete, the veteran’s spouse does not qualify for the real estate tax exemption that the spouse would have otherwise received. This bill allows the spouse to receive the tax exemption if it is determined that the deceased veteran would have been deemed 100% disabled had the veteran survived the evaluation period, and died as result of the evaluated injury or disability.

In addition, the bill extends a real estate tax exemption to the unmarried surviving spouse of either a veteran who was killed in the line of duty or of a veteran who was killed during active service duty.

Veterans are among our most important constituencies; it is our duty to ensure that they and their loved ones receive every benefit to which they are entitled. As such, I ask for your support for this legislation. Please help me fight for benefits for those who fought for our freedom.

Introduced as HB909