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Sponsors: Senator O'Dell
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Introduced in the Senate on January 16, 2008
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Finance
Summary: Property tax exemptions
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/16/2008 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-13 1/16/2008 Senate Referred to Committee on Finance SJ-13
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TO AMEND SECTION 12-37-220, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO DELETE LANGUAGE PROHIBITING CERTAIN SURVIVING SPOUSES FROM RETAINING THE EXEMPTIONS ALLOWED THEIR DECEASED SPOUSES FOR THE DWELLING HOME AND A LOT NOT TO EXCEED ONE ACRE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 12-37-220(B)(2)(a) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 161 of 2005, is further amended to read:
"(a) The dwelling house in which he resides and a lot not to exceed one acre of land owned in fee or for life, or jointly with a spouse, by a paraplegic or hemiplegic person, is exempt from all property taxation provided the person furnishes satisfactory proof of his disability to the Department of Revenue. The exemption is allowed to the surviving spouse of the person so long as the spouse does not remarry, resides in the dwelling, and obtains the fee or a life estate in the dwelling. To qualify for the exemption, the dwelling house must be the domicile of the person who qualifies for the exemption. For purposes of this item, a hemiplegic person is a person who has paralysis of one lateral half of the body resulting from injury to the motor centers of the brain. For the purposes of this exemption, 'paraplegic' or 'hemiplegic' includes a person with Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which has caused the same ambulatory difficulties as a person with paraparesis or hemiparesis. A doctor's statement is required stating that the person's disease has caused these same ambulatory difficulties.
A surviving spouse of a person receiving the exemption under this subsection is not allowed the exemption."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor and applies for property tax years beginning after 2007.
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