01302019CM0333SPRINGFIELD State Senator Scott Bennett’s (D-Champaign) bill to ensure property tax relief for spouses of veterans with disabilities passed the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee this week.

Senate Bill 1579 would allow the rights of a veteran to pass to their spouse during the application process for a homestead exemption to pass through to the spouse of a veteran, if the veteran passes away before the application is completed.

“This tax relief is for military families who have already sacrificed so much,” Bennett said. “Making sure that a surviving spouse can benefit from this exemption without having to go through a complicated and repetitive process.”

Currently, Illinois offers disabled veterans or the veteran’s surviving spouse a homestead market value exclusion. The program provides a tax benefit through reducing the value of the disabled veteran’s home for property tax purposes.

The proposed legislation is intended to allow the spouse to potentially receive the homestead exemption without having to restart the application process.

Senate Bill 1579 will now go before the entire Senate for a vote.


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