Under new legislation to be filed by State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen), active duty members of the military would be exempted from motor vehicle excise taxes while serving.
Presently in the Commonwealth, disabled veterans and former prisoners of war have the opportunity to apply for a motor vehicle excise tax exemption. This does not, however, apply to all active duty members during their service. DiZoglio’s legislation comes on the heels of Methuen City Councilor Thomas Ciulla’s introduction of a city measure exempting active duty members from the excise tax. Ciulla’s proposal passed unanimously.
Ciulla was inspired to address this issue by a constituent, Diane Amato, who reached out to him about the challenges she and her daughter Alfina, who is serving in Afghanistan, have faced with excise taxes. Even though Alfina is abroad serving the country and unable to use a vehicle stateside, she is charged with a motor vehicle excise tax.
This is not the first bill DiZoglio filed this year in regard to the motor vehicle excise tax. Another sponsored bill, House Bill 2484, An Act relative to motor vehicle excises taxes, is designed to simply the excise tax process and prevent multiple excise charges.
“In recent years, through the passage of such legislation as the Valor Act, we have made great strides in the Legislature in improving services to our courageous veterans,” said DiZoglio. “We have for years provided disabled veterans and former prisoners of war with the ability to be exempted from motor vehicle excise taxes and I feel strongly that this opportunity should be expanded to all active duty military members during their service. I want to thank Councilor Ciulla for his tireless work in bringing this issue to the forefront.”
“We need to make the excise tax process easier for our veterans, who all too often are penalized while giving the ultimate sacrifice serving our nation,” said Ciulla. “It’s about time we protect our citizens who serve to protect us.”