I’ve been told that with age comes wisdom. But I’m learning that it comes with other benefits as well. I recently celebrated my birthday, and along with a wide range of birthday freebies, I started to take advantage of a wonderful benefit of the aging process: special prices and options.
After my pampering, I walked down the hall to the Epicurean Room, a student-run restaurant where I was treated to an all-you-can-eat array of wonderful food choices – beverage and desserts included – for only $8. This also included a carving station, soup, salad, and sides.
Additionally, the school puts on a play every year and offers free admission to seniors during the dress rehearsal.
In Massachusetts, the Circuit Breaker Tax Credit is for residents over the age of 65 whose property taxes exceed 10 percent of their yearly income (including sewer and water bills). To qualify for this credit, residents must live in Massachusetts full-time and earn less than $51,000 for single people and $77,000 for married couples who file jointly. The assessed home value cannot exceed $788,000. For tax year 2012, the maximum credit is $1,000. If the credit is greater than the amount of income taxes owed, the state will issue a refund for the difference.
Also, the community I live in offers yet another tax break for senior homeowners. The Senior Work Off Program offers homeowners age 60 and up the opportunity to be eligible to “work off” a portion of their tax bill by taking a job offered by the city. The pay is $8.00 an hour for up to 93 hours over the course of a year for a discount of up to $744 off property taxes. This program is offered in almost every town in Massachusetts.
Call your local tax assessor to see what’s available where you live.
Growing older has its benefits. Enjoy them. If a business does not have a policy that is clearly visible, don’t be afraid to ask. Many do!
For more senior discounts, do a search or check out – what else – seniordiscounts.com.
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