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Bill exempting retired veteran pay from state income tax clears first committee hurdle

House File 299, authored by Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, passed the Veterans Affairs Division Monday, Feb. 9. HF 299 exempts retired veterans' pensions from state income taxes. Currently, Minnesota is one of only a handful of states that fully...

House File 299, authored by Rep. Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, passed the Veterans Affairs Division Monday, Feb. 9.

HF 299 exempts retired veterans' pensions from state income taxes. Currently, Minnesota is one of only a handful of states that fully tax retired military veterans' retirement pay.

"I wanted to offer a bill that would encourage more veterans to retire in Minnesota," said Heintzeman. "It's unfortunate that Minnesota is one of only a handful of states that fully tax veteran retirement benefits. Our veterans deserve better and this bill is a step in the right direction - thanking our veterans for their sacrifice and service to our nation."

HF 299 was referred to the Tax Committee where it awaits a hearing.

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