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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: July 7, 2021 11:59 AM
From: Representative Tracy Pennycuick
To: All House members
Subject: Joint Resolution – Modifying the Disabled Veterans’ Real Estate Tax Exemption

Please join me as a co-sponsor to a Joint Resolution which aims to alleviate some of the burden placed on our veterans and their families and recognizes their great sacrifices to this Commonwealth and our country.
I am proposing an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution to extend the veterans’ property tax exemption to residents who are the surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who was killed in action or missing and presumed dead, or who received a disability rating of 100% by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) and subsequently passed away. The legislation would also prohibit the State Veterans’ Commission from considering disability income when determining need.  
Currently, Pennsylvanians who are veterans of any war or any armed conflict in which the United States was engaged and were honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active service, and currently suffer from a service-related disability, and are rated to be 100% disabled by the VA, and are determined to need real estate tax relief by the Commission are exempt from their real estate taxes. This exemption may be extended to the unmarried surviving spouse upon the death of an eligible veteran provided that the Commission determines that such person needs the exemption.
This measure will allow for more disabled veterans and their spouses to obtain a property tax relief in the Commonwealth. After serving our nation, disabled veterans should never be in risk of losing their home due to an inability to pay their property taxes. By their service, I feel that veterans who are dealing with disabilities, and their spouses, have earned this benefit, and I encourage you to join me in supporting this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1815