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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 12, 2018 02:14 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Clarifying the Tax-Exempt Status of VFWs and American Legions
In the near future, I will re-introduce a bill to treat the banquet halls of VFWs and American Legions in the same manner as fire stations and libraries when being considered for tax exemptions.

This issue was brought to my attention by a local American Legion, whose members found that their building was subject to property taxes because they rented out their hall for events, but fire halls and libraries were not. Although their case was appealed and ultimately won, it pointed to the ambiguity in our tax laws.

Many veterans groups are working hard to attract members, maintain their buildings, and pay their bills. This legislation will help veterans’ groups who rent out their building to outside groups as a source of revenue, when the revenue generated is devoted to the good of the organization, the community and charitable causes.

This bill was Senate Bill 1229 of last session.

Please join me in sponsoring this simple change to the law to help veterans’ organizations.

Introduced as SB301