(NASHVILLE) — Monday evening, State Representative Jerome Moon (R-Maryville) and Republican leaders unanimously passed legislation aimed at reducing taxes on automobiles for Tennessee’s disabled veterans.
House Bill 15 exempts a new or used vehicle that is sold, given, or donated to a veteran or active duty service member from the sales and use tax if the veteran or service member meets the following criteria:
- The veteran or service member suffers from a service-related disability.
- The veteran or service member receives grant funding from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.
- The grant funding is used to provide or assist in providing the vehicle to the veteran or service member.
“Our brave men and women make daily sacrifices so that we can enjoy our many freedoms,” said Representative Moon. “Too often, they travel overseas to defend our nation and return home with life-changing injuries. I am honored to sponsor this initiative that will assist these intrepid individuals; we must continue to support them and their families.”
House Bill 15 is the latest in a series of Republican-led initiatives designed to back our brave heroes. During the 2017 legislative session, House Republicans fought to safeguard veterans from being used as political pawns during a debate over whether to include veteran’s property tax relief as part of the IMPROVE Act. The group eventually was able to reduce the amount of property tax owed by veterans, eligible low-income elderly and disabled homeowners.
Additionally, Republican lawmakers supported several key pieces of legislation last year that helped veterans pursue their educational dreams without fear of financial struggle — including the Support, Training and Renewing Opportunity for National Guardsman (STRONG) Act. The measure provides last dollar-scholarships to our state’s service members who meet eligibility requirements. House Bill 433 — also a Republican-led initiative — unanimously passed last year. It assists veterans by determining how their military training can count as college credit at Tennessee’s colleges and universities.
For more information about how House Republicans are advancing Tennessee’s conservative values united, please visit: https://tnhousegop.org/
Jerome Moon serves as a member of the House Insurance & Banking and the House Business & Utilities Committees. Moon is also a member of the House Business & Utilities Subcommittee. He lives in Maryville and represents House District 8, which includes part of Blount County. Moon can be reached by email at: [email protected] or by calling (615) 741-5481.