Legislature approves tax relief for veterans fundraisers

Sen. Mike Green

Sen. Mike Green

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation seeking to provide tax relief to veterans organizations for fundraising activities was granted final approval by both the House and Senate Tuesday evening.

Senate Bill 106 would amend the General Sales Tax Act to provide an increased tax exemption for veterans organizations for the purpose of raising funds for the benefit of an active duty service member or a veteran.

“Our veterans and their families give everything they have to keep us safe,” said Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, the bill’s lead sponsor. “When a veterans service organization holds an event to benefit a current or past service member, the money raised should go directly to the cause.”

The legislation was introduced after a community event was held to benefit Army Sgt. Travis Mills, of Green’s district, who later discovered that the charitable contributions were subject to sales tax.

“We’re talking about a true American hero,” Green said. “Sgt. Mills and his family have given more than they were ever asked for our country and allowing them to keep money that their community raised for them is the right thing to do.”

SB 106 received bipartisan support throughout the legislative process and through final approval by the Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday night.

The bill will now go before Gov. Rick Snyder for consideration.