2013-11-28 / Lifestyles

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Snyder extends tax exemption to vet spouses

LANSING – Legislation that extends the current homestead property tax exemption for disabled military veterans to a veteran’s spouse if the veteran passes away before the tax break is granted, has been signed into law.

The existing property tax exemption eases the cost of home ownership for military veterans who were honorably discharged and are disabled and unable to work.

“Michigan’s military veterans, particularly those who are disabled, have sacrificed more for us than we can ever repay,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “They have served to protect our way of life and our freedom. This property tax break will be available to their families to help them afford homes and stay right here in Michigan.”

Senate Bill 352, sponsored by state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, is now Public Act 161 of 2013. It also requires that the spouse would need to remain unmarried for the exemption to continue.

“Michigan’s disabled veterans have served our state and nation valiantly and selflessly,” Hildenbrand said. “We owe our freedom to these individuals and should provide the tax relief necessary for them to be successful homeowners. This legislation improves the current property tax exemption by streamlining the process and guaranteeing this benefit for these veterans and their spouses.”

Michigan is home to nearly 700,000 veterans and state agencies are working to help ease their transition from military to civilian life and to provide veterans access to the critical resources they need to succeed now that they have come back home.

The governor created the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency in January to better connect veterans to services and benefits and to coordinate the efforts of state agencies.

The governor also signed two unrelated bills.

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