The town council in Franklin, Massachusetts, has accepted a new measure offered by the state that allows senior citizens to defer two new types of charges. Seniors residing in the town already had the option to defer property taxes, but they now can also include their water and sewer bills to the deferment program. The taxation plan would allow homeowners the age of 65 older to defer up to half of their property tax, water bill and sewage bill. These senior homeowners would be allowed to defer those taxes until they either decide to sell their home or their death. The program would generally give the homeowners an additional $3,000 to $4,000. The program also includes an exemption for senior citizens on betterment charges, such as upgrades to the sewer system.
The First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit is a dream come true for individuals planning to purchase their very first residential property. The credit is designed to provide tax relief to people taking their first step on the housing ladder. It is such an appealing prize, apparently, that it drove two Boston brothers to commit tax crimes to obtain more tax credits than they were entitled to.