In January of 2013, the Woburn City Council voted unanimously to approve the Veterans’ Tax Work-Off Program. The Valor Act (now M.G.L. Part I, Title IX, Chapter 59, Section 5N) was passed on May 31, 2012 and offers Woburn homeowners who are veterans, as defined in M.G.L. clause forty-third of section 7 chapter 4 an opportunity to 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 selects applicants, based on their skills, and pairs them up with a department in need of a tax Work-Off worker with their skills. For the program’s introduction, we start 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
Veteran status is required to be verified by the city’s Veterans’ Services Department.
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.