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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: February 19, 2021 02:08 PM
From: Representative Peter Schweyer
To: All House members
Subject: Property Tax & Rent Rebate Program Eligibility Changes
Certain federal civil service retirees hired prior to 1984 receive a Social Security substitute pension, and therefore are often ruled ineligible for Property Tax & Rent Rebates (PTRR) in the Commonwealth. I believe that we should honor our workers service by allowing those who have a Social Security substitute pension to deduct 50% of their income for the purposes of eligibility determination. This would put them on-par with railroad retirees in qualifying for PTRR.

In 2015, this legislation passed through the House of Representatives with wide bipartisan support; however, it ultimately died in the Senate. It is my hope that both chambers will approve this proposal in this legislative session in order to ensure eligibility in PTRR for individuals receiving Social Security substitute pensions.

As a matter of fairness, I hope you will consider lending your support and co-sponsorship.