In January of 2013, the Woburn City Council voted unanimously to approve the Veterans’ Tax Work-Off Program and it was immediately adopted by the City of Woburn. The program offers Woburn homeowners who are veterans, as defined in M.G.L. clause forty-third of section 7 chapter 4, the opportunity to earn up to $1,000* real estate credit by working in various city departments. One’s veteran’s status needs to be verified by the city’s Veterans’ Services Department.
- The Valor Act (now M.G.L. Part I, Title IX, Chapter 59, Section 5N) was passed on May 31, 2012.
- Must be a veteran as defined in M.G.L. ch.4, s.7, clause 43 (Massachusetts General Law Chapter 4, Section 7, Clause 43) and MUST have an HONORABLE discharge.
- Must be a resident of the City of Woburn.
- Must own and live in the home for which the veteran pays taxes.
- Must have skills appropriate for the position.
- The applicant, if disabled, may appoint a volunteer to work on their behalf. The VSO will verify and approve this request and the veteran’s status on the Property Tax Work-Off Veterans’ Disability Verification form.
- Each tax work-off worker may earn a maximum tax credit of $1,000 per year* and work a total of 100 hours to earn the $1,000 property tax credit (a tax worker shall not make more than minimum wage – $10 an hour.)
- The program coordinator will select applicants, based on their skills, and pair them up with a department in need of a tax Work-Off worker with their skills.
- For the program’s introduction, we are starting off with ten (10) positions available to veterans, but depending on the interest and need for tax work-off workers, this is subject to change.
- The amount by which a person’s property tax liability is reduced in exchange for the volunteer services shall not be considered income. While providing such volunteer services, that person shall be considered a public employee for the purposes of chapter 258 and those services shall be deemed employment for the purposes of unemployment insurance as provided in chapter 151A.
- Each tax work-off worker and the department head(s) shall be responsible for tracking their own hours worked by logging in the hours worked on their timesheet and then having the department, which they are assisting, sign off on the timesheet upon completion of a day’s work.
- Upon completion of total number of hours needed to be met by the tax work-off worker, in a given tax year, the tax work-off worker must submit completed paperwork, with documentation of hours worked, to the city’s VSO.
- The VSO shall submit a check request to the Auditing Department. Once the check has been issued, the VSO will notify the program recipient and schedule an appointment with them to come into the office and sign the check over to the City’s Treasurer/Tax Collector to be applied to the veterans’ property tax bill.
Please call, visit our office or e-mail Donna at [email protected] with any questions about the Veterans’ Tax Work-off Program.
* All monies received from this program may ONLY be used to reduce the tax liability due to the veterans’ property tax account.