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Amendment would ease restrictions on tax deductions for seniors, disabled

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“Every penny counts for people struggling to pay their bills,” said bill sponsor Assemblyman Hal Wirths.
“Every penny counts for people struggling to pay their bills,” said bill sponsor Assemblyman Hal Wirths. - ()

A GOP lawmaker is eyeing a proposal to ease requirements on who has access to the seniors-and-disabled property tax deductions.

Under the proposed constitutional amendment, ACR-183, recipients of government pensions, disability and retirement benefits wouldn’t have the monetary amount of those benefits count against the $250 property tax deduction.

Only residents who make a maximum of $10,000 qualify for the deduction under current law, but benefits can count against that limit if they exceed the recipient’s maximum Social Security amount.

The bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Hal Wirths, R-24th District, said that the current law eats away at how much the eligible seniors can qualify for under the deduction.

“Every penny counts for people struggling to pay their bills,” Wirths said. “Eliminating the benefits cap removes any confusion and paves the way for more seniors and disabled persons to receive the deduction.”

The amendment was referred to the Assembly State and Local Government Committee. The ballot question would ask voters whether they’d support excluding benefits from the $10,000 limit.

To get on the ballot as a constitutional amendment, it would need to pass by three-fifths of both chambers, meaning at least 24 votes in the Senate and 48 in the Assembly.

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Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel J. Munoz


Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

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