The Missouri State Senate has passed legislation that would eliminate tax breaks for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities living in rental properties. According to Jessica Macy, the executive director of the Boone County Council on Aging, this tax break allows seniors to pay their bills and improve their quality of life.
“This is really money that really helps offset their everyday living expenses,” Macy said.
Macy said the tax break allows seniors to support local businesses by using their money to purchase necessities, such as groceries and prescriptions.
Groups that serve individuals with disabilities also believe the tax break should remain available for its beneficiaries. Leslie Anderson, the program director of Services for Independent Living of Columbia, said the tax break “is a bridge in a financial crisis.”
Anderson said Services for Independent Living of Columbia has been following the tax break repeal for the last two years. Both Macy and Anderson both said their respective organizations have been working with state officials to prevent the repeal of the tax break.