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Help get tax deferral bill for seniors and military across the finish line

Many seniors across the state struggle to stay in their homes as their property tax bills grow faster than their incomes. One bright spot for many low- and middle-income seniors is the opportunity to defer their property taxes. H2738, An Act relative to taxes due upon the death of active-duty personnel and the elderly, has made it all the way through the legislative process to the Committee on Bills in Third Reading, the last stop before a House floor vote–and the same status where it ended last session.

Please contact your state representative using the sample script below and ask them to urge leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote. Read LWVMA testimony in support of the bill here. Upon the death of a senior (over 65) person or active military person who has deferred their property tax and has no surviving spouse, this bill allows heirs to the property a one-year grace period to pay the deferred taxes plus the agreed upon interest. 

Sample Script

Dear Rep.______

The League believes every person and family should have decent, safe, and affordable housing and supports the one-year property tax deferral grace period in an effort to keep seniors in their homes as part of H2738, An Act relative to taxes due upon the death of active-duty personnel and the elderly

On the day the homeowner dies, if there is no surviving spouse, the interest rate immediately leaps to 16%. This interest rate increase also applies upon the death, without a surviving spouse, of a person who deferred their property taxes at the 8% interest rate when called to active duty. This usurious rate of 16% is a deterrent to many seniors, mostly widows or widowers, who might consider deferring their taxes. It is an added source of grief for survivors of someone killed on active duty. This bill defers that interest rate increase for a year after the death.

Please urge leadership to bring H2738, An Act relative to taxes due upon the death of active-duty personnel and the elderly to the floor for a vote.

Sincerely,

Your complete name and street address

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