Taylor-Backed Bill to Give Tax Breaks to Senior Volunteers Passes House
HARRISBURG-- Legislation supported by Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) to give tax breaks to seniors who volunteer at local schools has unanimously passed the House.
House Bill 273 would authorize public school districts to implement the Senior Local Tax Reduction Incentive Volunteer Exchange Program.
“Many school districts throughout the state have programs like this, and it’s proven very effective,” Taylor said. “I believe it should be adopted statewide.”
With this legislation, seniors can provide volunteer services in exchange for a credit on their school property taxes. “This is a win for seniors and for school districts, which would benefit from the life experiences of those who participate,” Taylor said.
The bill allows school districts to set specific guidelines for the program, including the rate of a real property tax credit, as long as it does not exceed the total amount of taxes owed by an individual.
The volunteer positions would not replace current school district employees, but act as a supplement to existing positions.
“This program is designed to aid districts in their mission of educating our children and to provide tax relief to our senior citizens who choose to participate,” Taylor said.
The bill now moves to the Senate.
State Representative John Taylor
177th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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