Widow of Fort Hood soldier hopes Oklahoma bill will cut tax debt

An Oklahoma state representative drafts legislation to give a tax break to the surviving spouse of a person killed during an act of violence occurring within a federal military installation that could be classified as “terrorism” or “combat related.”
By BAILEY ELISE McBRIDE, Associated Press Published: March 26, 2014
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Hunt went to the Cleveland County treasurer’s office, where employees brought her situation to the attention of Treasurer Jim Reynolds, a former Oklahoma state senator. Reynolds contacted his brother, Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, who drafted legislation that would address Hunt’s situation.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 100 percent disabled veterans who are disabled while on active duty received a full property tax exemption in Oklahoma.

The new measure would extend that privilege to the surviving spouse of a person killed during an act of violence occurring within a federal military installation which could be classified as “terrorism” or “combat related.”

The law would become retroactively effective through 2009 on Nov. 1, 2015.

The bill has passed the House of Representatives, had its first reading in the Senate and has been sent to the Senate’s finance committee.