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Property tax breaks for caregivers?

Sep 24, 2017

In 2016, New Hampshire considered – and then rejected - offering a tax credit to people providing home healthcare services to an ill, injured or disabled family member living in their home. The proposal would have seen up to $750 deducted from the tax bills of eligible property owners. To qualify, the owner would have to be personally providing nursing or rehabilitative services for a family member for the majority of the year. Read more about this issue

"Should NH offer a discount on property taxes to people caring for an ill or disabled relative at home?"

Caregiver Tax Breaks NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 140 participants gave 227 responses.

A total of 87% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 13% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 140 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 227 responses or reactions to this question. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

Yes: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 73%, were in favor of discounting property taxes for people who care for an ill or disabled relative at home.

  • “I think they should. It would help a lot of people from losing their home due to a loved one being ill and having to care for them. The loss of income is very stressful and a person should not have to worry about paying very high taxes to make a bad situation even worse.”
  • “By caring for their own loved one These people are saving the state tons. The least you can do is offer them a tax discount.”
  • “This NH resident thinks a tax credit for someone taking the time to care for a sick or disabled relation has merit. If we want a strong state we need strong communities and homes where people get supported for caring for each other.”

No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 27%, were against discounting property taxes for people who care for an ill or disabled relative at home.

  •  “No. I believe there are better ways to lighten the financial burden for families that need it. A tax credit will amount to welfare for the wealthy in some cases.”
  • “No. This is picking winners and losers and is impossible to administrate.  Lower taxes for everybody.”
  • “No… Since when is doing what you're supposed to do a write off?”

Other: As noted above, 13% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Logistics: “Will it be tied to the poverty level like aid for the disabled?   How does one prove that they took care of a family member for at least 183 days a year?”
  • Tax reform: “Maybe lower the property tax rates to a point where people can own and maintain their home and these types of abatement wouldn't be necessary.”
  • Indecision: “I have mixed feelings. This would be a big help for some but just another scam for others.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.

Read the full Facebook discussion of this question.

 

Comments

Mike Dunbar
- Hampton

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 1:59pm

With today's rising nursing home costs, many NH families are choosing to keep aging relatives at home. I think it is more than fair to give caregivers a tax credit for doing this hard work.

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