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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 6, 2023 12:28 PM
From: Senator Tracy Pennycuick
To: All Senate members
Subject: Excluding VA Aid and Attendance Income for Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption
 
In the near future, I plan on introducing legislation that will build upon the work of last session’s SB244 introduced by Senator Pittman. My legislation will seek to exclude federal VA Aid and Attendance benefits as income when calculating eligibility for the 100% Disabled Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption.

Under current statute, this pass-through benefit is calculated as part of a disabled veteran’s income to determine eligibility for property tax exemption, preventing some from qualifying. Some of the veterans receiving VA Aid and Attendance have the greatest need for the property tax exemption and receive this disability benefit to assist them in paying for everyday functioning, care services, medication management and renovations to their residence to accommodate their disability.

We owe the brave men and women who put their lives on the line in defense of our country a debt of gratitude that can never truly be repaid. When those servicemen and women are injured in the line of duty, we as a grateful state need to ensure that they receive the proper aid and benefits that they deserve.

There is no more fundamental level of support we can provide to our disabled veterans than the promise of keeping them in their homes. For many of these heroes, property taxes threaten this basic right.

Through passage of this bill, some of our most severely disabled veterans, heroes who have served their nation with distinction, will receive their rightly deserved and much needed property tax relief.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

If you have any questions, please contact Matt Szuchyt from my office at 215-541-2388 or mszuchyt@pasen.gov.
 
 



Introduced as SB194