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Town of Easton Announces Veterans Property Tax Work Off Program

The new program, approved at Special Town Meeting could allow veterans to save up to $1,000 on property taxes

Easton voters adopted provisions to the 2012 Valor Act Monday at Special Town Meeting that will add five slots to the "Senior Tax Workoff Program." The slots would be dedicated to Easton's veterans.

Below is information from the the Easton Council on Aging office:

The Veterans Tax Work Off Program offers Easton homeowners who are veterans, as defined in M.G.L. clause forty-third of section 7 of chapter 4, the opportunity to earn up to a $1,000 real estate credit by working in various town departments. One’s veteran’s status needs to be verified by the Veterans’ Services Department, Veterans’ Agent. This program is made possible as the Town accepted the provisions of the 2012 Valor Act at the Special Town Meeting held on November 19, 2012.

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be selected in a random drawing for participation in the program, as the number of available positions is limited. To be included in the initial drawing for an available position, completed applications should be submitted to the Council on Aging director, who administers the property tax work off programs, by Friday, December 14, 2012.

Applications for positions received after that time will be filled on a first come, first served, space available basis. Duties in the Veterans Property Tax Work Off Program may include answering the telephone, taking messages, typing, data entry, mailing, filing, working in the cable TV studio, meals on wheels delivery, driving, indoor or outdoor maintenance and other roles where veterans may be of assistance. If an eligible veteran homeowner is not physically able to perform work in any of the available positions, then he or she may choose a volunteer to work for them after their disability has been verified by the Veterans’ Services Department Veterans’ Agent.

Eligibility Requirements:

· Must be a veteran as defined in M.G.L clause forty-third of section 7 of chapter 4.
· Must be a resident of the Town of Easton.
· Must own & live in the home for which the veteran pays taxes.
· Must have skills appropriate for the position or have the Veteran’s Agent certification that one is unable to work in any of the available positions and are thereby eligible to have a proxy perform the work for you.

This is an opportunity for veterans to contribute their time and talents to the Town of Easton in exchange for some relief on their property tax bill. A veteran may pick up an application at the Easton Council on Aging, 15 Barrows Street, North Easton, MA 02356. To be considered for a Veterans Property Tax position, applicants must return a completed application with proof of veteran’s status and a copy of their most recent real estate bill to the Easton Council on Aging by December 14, 2012. Applications received after that time will be filled on a first come, first served, space available basis. If you would like more information, please call the Easton Council on Aging office at 508-238-3160.

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