WICKED LOCAL: Rep. Brad Hill meets with Hamilton, Ipswich officials for senior tax relief

Wicked Local Hamilton covers Rep. Hill's meeting with Hamilton and Ipswich regarding senior tax relief.

Rep. Brad Hill meets with Hamilton, Ipswich officials for senior tax relief
WICKED LOCAL HAMILTON
7/2/16

Rep. Brad Hill, R-Ipswich, met with local officials from Hamilton and Ipswich in Boston to discuss tax relief initiatives for senior citizens.

He was joined by Sheila Taylor and Mary Beth Lawton, directors of the Ipswich and Hamilton Councils on Aging, respectively. Ipswich Town Assessor Robin Nolan and Finance Director Sarah Johnson also attended.

Rep. Jay Kaufman, D-Lexington, chairman of the Joint Committee of Revenue and his policy staff, educated Hill and the town officials on local programs that could be implemented to offer tax relief for senior citizens in their communities based on models employed in other towns and cities.

Currently, Massachusetts utilizes a circuit breaker for senior citizens. This tax credit allows taxpayers aged 65 or older who qualify based on income and house value to receive a credit in the amount necessary to reduce their property tax burden to 10 percent of their income.

“Despite the aid that the state currently offers, it is important that our communities do what we can to assist our senior citizens in regards to rising real estate taxes,” said Hill. “Hopefully, this dialogue will put forth legislation that will help ease that financial burden on our older populations.”