— AARP Pennsylvania wants to be sure members know that the deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program has been extended to Dec. 31. Residents 65 and older, widows and widowers 50 and older, and people with disabilities 18 and older may be eligible. The annual income limits are $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters, not counting half of the applicant’s Social Security income. Last year, nearly 600,000 Pennsylvanians received rebates of as much as $975 for …

— With the June 30 homestead exemption filing deadline just days away, thousands of older Nebraskans qualify for a break on their property taxes but may not know it. AARP Nebraska urges homeowners age 65 plus to take a close look at the homestead exemption since the law was changed in 2014 to cover more people. The Nebraska Legislature extended property tax relief to an estimated 20,000 more homeowners age 65 and over and increased the amount of relief for an …

Visitability in the VI

— Español Want to save some tax money and ensure you can stay in your home as you age?  You can save as much as 20% on your property taxes for up to 10 years if you plan ahead. On October 22, 2013 rules and regulations governing a program called The Visitable Housing Design Act & Incentive Program were promulgated by the VI Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). These regulations spell out the steps that homeowners need to take …

— The Washington State legislature recently passed a Senate Bill 5186 that increased the qualifying income from $35,000 annual gross income to $40,000 for the senior/disability property tax exemption starting in October, 2015. The income change is not retroactive, and will be applied to the 2016 property taxes and subsequent years. The King County Assessor’s Office of Lloyd Hara administers this exemption program for low-income seniors (61 years or age or older) or property owners with disabilities. Depending on your income, you …

— Thousands of older Nebraskans qualify for a break on their property taxes but may not know it. AARP Nebraska urges homeowners age 65 plus to take a close look at the homestead exemption since the law was changed in 2014 to cover more people. The Nebraska Legislature last year approved a measure extending property tax relief to an estimated 20,000 more homeowners age 65 and over and increased the amount of relief for an additional 10,000 people. The changes are …

— Delaware testified before the Joint Finance Committee on Feb. 26 to express concerns with Governor Markell’s proposal to reduce by half the existing $500 property tax subsidy currently afforded to Delaware seniors, age 65 and older. AARP strongly believes that all individuals have the right to be self-reliant and live with dignity in retirement.  “AARP Delaware applauds the excellent job our state has done to put in place policies and programs that enhance the lives of individuals 50-plus and their families,” …

— Contacts: David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org; Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org AARP, City & State Join with Comptroller DiNapoli, State & National Leaders to Look at 50+ Economy & Impact – Problems & Solutions to Boomer Flight Albany, New York – Baby Boomers in New York State’s workforce are set to deliver a whopping $179 billion a year to the state’s economy in their retirement – if they stick around, that is. A new AARP report out today says that 60% of working Boomers …

—       For Immediate Release July 14, 2014 Contact: Ivan Lanier Cell:  202-351-9862 Email:  ilanier@aarp.org Washington, DC – Continuing to advocate on behalf of Washington, DC’s older citizens, AARP DC supports the budget adopted by the DC Council which expands the District’s property tax relief mechanisms for seniors. The budget also makes substantial cuts in income taxes that will help all households, including most senior households.  The tax changes will raise taxes next year on some senior residents, as …

Visitability Program comes to the VI

— Español The wait is over! Virgin Islands homeowners can NOW participate in the program that AARP and its Visitability Coalition partners worked so hard to make available. In 2011 the Visitability Coalition was thrilled when Governor John P. DeJongh signed Act 7320, the Virgin Islands Visitable Design and Incentive Act, which opened the door to making homes structurally designed or refitted to accommodate persons in wheelchairs. But, passing the legislation was only phase one of the battle. Phase two involved …

— Virgin Islanders can get a tax break for improvements that make their homes more “visitable”—meaning more accessible to people with disabilities. A law backed by AARP offers a 20 percent reduction in property taxes for 10 years to homeowners who remodel their houses to accommodate people with mobility issues. To qualify, a home must have a no-rise entrance, a front door at least 36 inches wide and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom on the first floor. To apply, call the Division of Building …