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  • Amendment would make POWs exempt from property taxes

  • A proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution will exempt former prisoners of war from paying property taxes on their home.

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  • A proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution will exempt former prisoners of war from paying property taxes on their home.
    Named the Missouri Prisoner of War Property Tax Exemption, Amendment 2, the ballot measure would exclude those citizens who are former prisoners of war and have a total service-connected disability, according to votesmart.org.
    The number of qualified former POWs and the amount of each exemption are unknown, though estimates place the number low enough that the cost to local governmental entities would be minimal, according to information on votesmart.org.
    State Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal of St. Louis County sponsored the amendment.
    There is some opposition to the exemption, specifically if the proposal duplicates an existing tax credit where Missourians 65 and older and totally disabled are reimbursed as much as $1,100 in taxes.
    That credit is only available for individuals with income below $30,000 and couples reporting less than $34,000.
    There is also concern that more people would be encouraged to lie about their military service in order to get the break.
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