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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 19, 2018 10:51 AM
From: Representative Pam Snyder
To: All House members
Subject: Disabled Veterans’ Real Estate Tax Reductions
Unfortunately, after having served our nation with honor and distinction, many members of the United States armed forces community encounter unique and difficult circumstances when transitioning from military to civilian life. For disabled veterans, in addition to having physical impairments, they often experience long-term financial difficulties, and unless they are classified as being 100 percent disabled, do not receive the benefits they deserve.

Currently, under the Disabled Veterans’ Real Estate Tax Exemption program, veterans who are classified as 100 percent disabled by the United States Veterans Administration (VA) are exempt from paying real estate taxes on their primary home, provided they meet other program requirements. However, veterans who are classified as 90 percent disabled and are impaired in their ability to earn a living are not eligible for an exemption.

This legislation would rectify this oversight by providing financial relief for veterans who are not classified as being 100 percent disabled, but are deserving of a real estate exemption. Under this legislation, the real estate tax exemption amount would match a veteran’s disability percentage as determined by the VA. For example, if a veteran is classified as being 50 percent disabled, he or she would be entitled to a 50 percent reduction in real estate tax owed.

The Disabled Veterans’ Real Estate Tax Exemption program is an excellent way to show appreciation to the Commonwealth’s disabled veterans, while providing them with some financial assistance so that they may experience a better quality of life. Therefore, I ask that you please join me in recognizing and assisting all disabled veterans by expanding the program’s criteria.

Introduced as HB29