9th District Delegation’s Bill Will Aid Deceased Veterans’ Spouses

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Aug 14, 2019

Trenton — Sen. Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove of the 9th Legislative District will be introducing a measure to make surviving spouses eligible for the annual veterans’ exemption under the New Jersey gross income tax.

The bill will reflect the recent increase in the veterans’ income tax exemption, from $3,000 to $6,000, that spouses would be eligible to receive.

“As members of our delegation serve on the Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs committees, we fully understand that veterans’ families are deserving of benefits on account that they too sacrificed for our nation,” the legislators said in a joint statement. “Any tax relief that can be offered to our veterans and their families is helpful, including surviving spouses who may be struggling financially.”

The delegation has also introduced companion legislation that would change current law to require payment of the $750 annual compensation to a surviving spouse of a wartime veteran who had been blind or severely disabled.

“Under S-898/A-697,” the delegation stated, “payments would begin from April 9, 1985, for veterans who died before that date, and from the date of the veteran’s death, regardless of when the surviving spouse files the application for this benefit, for veterans who died on or after that date.”  —J.K.-H.

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