BOSTON (WWLP) – One state lawmaker wants to give military members one less thing to worry about when they return home from deployment. 22News explains how it could save veterans some money as well.
If you own a car registered in Massachusetts, you have to pay an excise tax on it each year, even for military members serving overseas with no access to their car. Well, that could soon change.
Right now, each city or town charges an excise tax typically based on how much a car is worth and when it was manufactured.
Methuen Democrat Diana DiZoglio is preparing to file a bill that would waive the excise tax statewide for active duty military members deployed overseas. There are similar benefits already in place for disabled veterans and former prisoners of war.
Vietnam War veteran State Representative Alan Silvia told 22 News he supports waiving the excise tax for active duty service members.
Silvia said, “Save them from added costs, especially if they’re not using a motor vehicle when they’re deployed – makes no sense at all. I mean, it’s the least we can do for our veterans.”
State Representative DiZoglio said she plans to file the bill by the end of the month.