Qualifying disabled veterans and their families could see the benefits of two property tax relief bills and extended parking privileges next year, should voters agree with the new legislation.Senate Bill 163 was authored by Senator Leticia Van de Putte and sponsored by Representative Chris Turner. This bill would grant a full property tax exemption to the spouse of a fallen service person. Until they choose to remarry, the spouse would be able to transfer the entire dollar amount of this exemption towards new property.
House Bill 97 was authored by Representative Charles Perry and sponsored by Senator Leticia Van de Putte. The legislation would give a percentage of a tax exemption to veterans who have a qualifying disability rating and live in a home donated to them by a charitable organization. Again, the spouse of a fallen service person is allowed to continue claiming the exemption and may transfer the dollar amount of it to a new property unless they choose to remarry.
House Bill 1514, authored by Representative Donna Howard and sponsored by Senator Donna Campbell would allow all WWII veterans using veteran plates to have privileged parking benefits, such as free use of most metered parking and greater access to handicap spaces. A similar program is currently in place for veterans who have received military awards.
Texas Governor Rick Perry signed his approval on all three bills in honor of Memorial Day.
If you’re a Texas veteran struggling to obtain the disability benefits you need for transitioning back into civilian life, the Houston veterans disability lawyers at Morgan & Weisbrod may be able to help. Learn more today by calling (214) 373-3761.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.