|December 18, 2020 10:27 AM
|Senator Michele Brooks
|All Senate members
|Clarifying the Tax-Exempt Status of VFWs and American Legions
|I will be reintroducing SB 301 of the 2019-2020 Session to treat 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.
Previous cosponsors included Senators Scavello, Santarsiero, Folmer, Schwank, Argall, K. Ward, J. Ward, Aument, White and Muth. I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this simple change to the law to help veterans’ organizations.
Introduced as SB122