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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: July 25, 2019 02:04 PM
From: Representative John A. Lawrence
To: All House members
Subject: COSPONSOR MEMO – Property Taxes for 100% Permanently Disabled Veterans
Colleagues –

An exception in the Constitution’s uniform taxation clause provides for an exemption from the payment of property taxes levied on the principal residence of a honorably discharged US veteran who is 100% permanently disabled. Per the state constitution:

Citizens and residents of this Commonwealth, who served in any war or armed conflict in which the United States was engaged and were honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active service, shall be exempt from the payment of all real property taxes upon the residence occupied by the said citizens and residents of this Commonwealth imposed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any of its political subdivisions if, as a result of military service, they are blind, paraplegic or double or quadruple amputees, and if the State Veterans’ Commission determines that such persons are in need of the tax exemptions granted herein.

A constituent recently contacted me regarding a provision in Title 51 added by the Senate in 2006 that established an income limit on the property tax waiver provision. My constituent believes that a 100% disabled veteran should receive the property tax exemption regardless of income due to their sacrifice for our nation. With this in mind, I will be introducing legislation that amends Section 8904 of Title 51 to remove the income limit provision with regard to the property tax exemption for these severely wounded/injured veterans. Your support of this proposal is greatly appreciated.

Introduced as HB1898