PA Senate approves Mastriano bill exempting disabled vets’ benefit payments from state income tax

12 June 2024- The state Senate today passed legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) that would exempt 100% of disabled veterans’ benefit payment from income calculations for any commonwealth programs or benefits.

“This bill would ensure more disabled veterans can access important programs and services,” Mastriano said. “Our disabled veterans made significant sacrifices for our country and this bill would make sure their disability payments do not disqualify them from other state benefits.”

Senate Bill 126 would ensure veterans who receive disability compensation would not have those payments counted against them when applying to programs such as the Real Estate Property Tax Exemption, Education Gratuity Program, Veterans Temporary Assistance Program and Military Relief Assistance Program.

The legislation also would extend the exclusion of the veterans’ compensation benefits to their unmarried surviving spouses.

Senate Bill 126 now heads to the governor to be signed into law.