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Bill to Help Injured Veterans Advances

Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014    

A recent vote has given further backing to a proposal by George Runner to protect California’s disabled veterans. The proposal, titled SB 1113, was authored by Sen. Steve Knight. Under current state law, veterans who are rated at 100 percent disability by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs may be eligible for a property tax exemption on the value of their purchased home. This value is up to $124,932 or $187,399 in 2014, with equivalent amounts adjusted for inflation in future years.

However, Knight saw a major problem in the time it took many veterans to receive their disability rating. This delay has caused many of them to lose thousands of dollars in property tax refunds. Runner’s measure proposes an increase in the time tax refunds are available to veterans from four years to eight years. The tax exemption starts on the date of disability, with disabled veterans able to claim a refund for up to four years of back taxes paid.

Veterans are not the only people who can become disabled, so it is very important that anyone who is facing a struggle for disability benefits to have legal assistance. Contact the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento for help with your disability case.

Veteran’s Affairs Continues To Struggle

Backlogs in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs backlogs have forced some veterans to wait more than four years to receive their disability rating certifications, causing them to wait for compensation. According to the proposal, this time extension would allow veterans to receive the full benefit of their exemption. Runner explained that “disabled veterans should not miss out on tax benefits to which they are entitled just because the federal government, for whatever reason, is unable to give them their 100-percent disability rating in a timely manner.”

The state Senate Governance and Finance Committee voted 7-0 to back measure SB 1113. The proposal also won unanimous support from the Senate Veterans Committee.

Other representatives were eager to show support for the proposal. Knight, who represents much of the High Desert in the state Senate, stated that “veterans who are disabled as a direct result of serving our country shouldn’t be penalized for delays over which they have no control…I commend my colleagues for backing SB 1113 to ensure disabled veterans have access to the tax benefits they deserve.”

Those who suffer from disabilities often find the slow moving pace and confusing forms and jargon too much to handle when attempting to gain their justified compensation. Disability is defined by the Social Security Administration as the inability to work a full time schedule because of one or more physical or mental impairments which can be expected last for a continuous period of one year or more. If you or a loved one has suffered a disability and need help navigating the legal world of Social Security, please seek the expert help of the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento, California. The Amerio Law Firm will utilize their years of experience to help you navigate the legal system as smoothly as possible.

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