COLUMBUS—State Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus)’s House Bill (HB) 18, legislation to benefit Ohio veterans by exempting disability severance payments from the state income tax, was signed into law today. The bipartisan bill was jointly sponsored by Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana) and passed both the Ohio House and Senate unanimously.

“As a Navy veteran, I am extremely proud that as a freshman legislator, my first piece of legislation is one that will help my fellow veterans,” said Rep. Crawley. “Exempting disability severance pay from the sales tax now ensures that all military retirement pay is treated the same and falls in line with the federal law. We are keeping Ohio’s promise that families come first, by providing security and stability to those who honorably served their country.”

HB 18 authorizes a temporary refundable income tax credit equal to the Ohio income tax paid by veterans receiving disability severance pay for taxable years ending after January 17, 1991.

In 2017, there were some 774,935 veterans in Ohio with 134,742 receiving disability compensation, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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