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Veteran Surviving Spouse legislation picks up traction in the Texas House  print page

by: Rep.
01/27/2011

On the first day of prefiling, November 8, 2010, Representative Allen Fletcher filed House Bill 95, relating to an exemption from ad valorem taxation of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.

"When one of our brave soldiers becomes 100% disabled, the family of that soldier has to make career decisions. Far too often the spouses of these soldiers forgo career opportunities and many reduce work hours, affecting their income and retirement. The best care that can be given is from the one you’ve exchanged vows with," said Fletcher.

Currently, a totally disabled veteran receives a 100% property tax exemption. However, when these heroes pass on, their property tax exemption is void. Many of these disabled patriots are on fixed incomes because of their inability to work, not by their lack of will to work.

With ever increasing property taxes in the state, Representative Fletcher hopes to pass HB 95, which grants the surviving spouse the full property tax exemption that had been afforded to the 100% disabled veteran. The spouse will be able to move about the state, closer to family, or to a smaller home and keep the ad valorem tax exemption. This will provide the spouse the financial peace of mind by ensuring that their property tax exemption continues to be granted and will not expire after the death of the disabled veteran.

House Bill 95 has been joint authored by Representatives Allen Fletcher, Phil King, Leo Berman, Bill Callegari, and Joe Pickett. A similar bill has been filed in the Senate with bipartisan support. Representative Fletcher looks forward to being involved in the legislative process for this bill and its passage.



Contact: Robert Papierz
(512) 463-0661

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