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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 3, 2019 11:24 AM
From: Representative Michael J. Driscoll and Rep. Frank A. Farry
To: All House members
Subject: Realty Transfer Tax Exemption for First Responders’ Surviving Spouse or Children
The loss of a loved one can be overwhelming, especially when sudden and caused by circumstances beyond our control. Surviving families of first responders killed in the performance of their duties are among those who, while dealing with the pain of loss, are suddenly faced with possible loss of income and increased tax burdens associated with property disposition.

In an effort to provide relief to these families during such times of hardship, I will be introducing legislation to exclude a surviving spouse or minor children of a first responder, who receive benefits under the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefit Act, from paying a realty transfer tax if they sell the family home within five years of death. I believe this is a small gesture that can go far to show our appreciation for the hard work and sacrifice of Pennsylvania’s first responders and their families.

Please show your support for these dedicated Pennsylvanians and their families by cosponsoring this very important piece of legislation.

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Introduced as HB269