– The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday approved legislation to support families of first responders by eliminating realty transfer tax burdens for up to five years, said Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland), who co-sponsored the measure.
“Our volunteer first responders put their lives on the line daily for their communities,” said Rothman. “Their bravery is an inspiration to all of us and I am proud to have helped get this legislation passed by the House this week. House Bill 269
will lift a great financial burden from surviving families of our volunteer first responders who gave their lives in the line of duty.”
House Bill 269 would exempt a spouse or child of a first responder, who receives benefits from the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefit Act, from paying a realty transfer tax if they decide to sell their house within five years of the death.
Currently, the spouse or children of a first responder who has passed away while protecting and keeping our communities safe have no other choice but to move due to sudden loss of income or they decide to relocate because of the memories. House Bill 269 would eliminate the realty transfer tax for those families up to five years from the date of death, providing them with an opportunity to move with less financial obstacles.
“This bill is one of many that the House plans to pass in the near future to show our appreciation for the thousands of volunteer first responders across the Commonwealth,” said Rothman.
House Bill 269 now awaits consideration by the state Senate.
Representative Greg Rothman
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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