FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/12/2013
Freshman Legislator Ed Thompson Files First Bill to Benefit Disabled Military
AUSTIN – State Representative Ed Thompson filed his first bill Monday in the Texas House of Representatives. HB 1162 seeks to exempt 100% disabled veterans and surviving spouses from paying sales tax.
"Our military and veterans make sacrifices for every American on a daily basis, and many of these sacrifices go unnoticed," Representative Thompson stated. "Passing this bill is one way we can show our gratitude to these deserving men and women for the hardships they've faced and their unwavering dedication to our country," he said.
A person is eligible for the sales tax exemption if he or she is a resident of Texas who has been honorably discharged and been certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to be in disability compensation at the 100% rate. The disability must have been a result of a permanent disability that was sustained through military action or accident, or the result of a disease contracted by active service. The surviving, un-remarried spouse of a veteran described above is also eligible. HB 1162 allows the Comptroller's office to set up the registration process necessary to implement the exemption.
Representative Thompson fashioned the bill after an Oklahoma law which exempts 100% disabled vets and their un-remarried spouses from paying sales tax (up to $25,000 and up to $10,000 of taxable goods per year, respectively). He structured HB 1162 similarly, however his bill does not have a threshold limit.
To view the full text of HB 1162 please follow this link.
Emily Eppright Kirchner