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House Considers Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans

Posted on June 5, 2013 by sharkins

This morning the House Tax Policy Committee reported three bills that would create tax exemptions for disabled veterans.

The committee voted out House Bill 4698, House Bill 4110 and Senate Bill 352, and these bills will not be considered by the full House.

The bills are all very similar and would specifically exempt from property taxes real property used and owned as a homestead by a disabled veteran who was discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States under honorable conditions.

The League continues to be opposed to mandatory property tax exemptions. In 2011 the legislature and administration eliminated state tax exemptions so as to not “pick winners and losers” and balance the state budget. Yet we continue to combat legislation that mandates our members give property tax exemptions for various individuals. The policy is inconsistent, and we are opposed to this piecemeal approach to tax policy.

Samantha Harkins is the Director of State Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League.  She can be reached at 517-908-0306 or email at sharkins@mml.org

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