Military widows, widowers may soon be exempt from property taxes in Va.

Loudoun County Delegate David Ramadan’s proposal “to exempt military widows and widowers from paying property taxes” advanced in the General Assembly and is one step closer to becoming a law.

Constitutional amendment HJ 8 provides that the “General Assembly may provide real property tax exemption for the primary residence of surviving spouses of members of the military who are killed in action. Such tax exemption may not be claimed by a surviving spouse who has been remarried.”

Complementary to bill HJ8, HB 64 “provides for a referendum at the November 4, 2014, election to approve or reject an amendment to allow the General Assembly to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of a soldier killed in action,” as stated in a summary of the legislation.

According to the Loudon Times, “the measure, following the signature of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, will be placed on the ballot for referendum in this November’s election. If the proposal is approved by majority vote, the law will go into effect in January 2015.”

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