Tax Relief Offered To Eastham Seniors

EASTHAM – Seniors living in Eastham may be able to take advantage of a property tax break being offered, but they’ll have to work for it.

Volunteer service to the town will earn an abatement at a rate of $7.50 per hour. The maximum allowed is $750.00 or 100 hours.

The program will not affect tax exemptions such as personal property or residential.

There are plenty of prerequisites. These include being 60 years of age or older as well as owning and occupying a home in town.

Town Administrator Jacqui Beebe explains how they came up with the maximum amount of tax relief that can be obtained. “Some towns offer less, they do $500. Some offer a little more at $1000. We decided to go in at $750 for this year.”

Town employees are not eligible, but Beebe was asked about their spouses. “They wouldn’t be ineligible, so we would take an application. They probably would not meet the income guidelines if they have a spouse working full-time for the town.” The spouses of part-time town employees can also fill out an application.

There are yearly income restrictions which are $27,000 for someone who is single and $40,000 for those who are married.

A W-4 form must be filed along with any other forms that are applicable.

The deadline for submitting an application is June 1st.

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