Letter from the Editor:LOCAL Democratic ELECTED OFFICIALS VOTED AGAINST INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS

By William Tauro

Look how our local elected officials voted against tax credits for our seniors! On another note these three would be the first to vote for their own self serving pay increases for themselves! Remember in November!
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 INCREASE TAX BREAK FOR SENIORS (H 4700)

House 31-125, rejected an amendment that would increase by $1,005 (from $750 to $1,755) the maximum tax credit which seniors over 65 who qualify, can receive under the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit Law. The law applies to seniors with homes valued at less than $884,000 and who earn $62,000 or less for a single individual who is not the head of a household; $78,000 for a head of household; and $93,000 for married couples filing a joint return.

To qualify, if you are a homeowner, your property tax payments, together with half of your water and sewer expense, must exceed 10 percent of your total Massachusetts income for the tax year. If you are a renter, 25 percent of your annual Massachusetts rent must exceed 10 percent of your total Massachusetts income for the tax year.

Amendment supporters said this will help seniors on fixed incomes who are having a difficult time as inflation and the cost of food and gas soar.

Amendment opponents said to wait for Gov. Baker’s proposal.

(A “Yes” vote is for the increased tax credit of $1,005. A “No” vote is against it.)

Rep. Christine Barber No
Rep. Mike Connolly No
Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven No

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