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Statewide property tax relief available for low and moderate incomes

To The Daily Sun,

The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration's has alerted low- and moderate-income homeowners that they may receive State Education Property Tax relief by applying with Form DP-8 for such relief during the annual filing period — after May 1, 2015, but no later than June 30, 2015.

The Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief provisions were designed to lessen the economic burden of the State Education Property Tax on certain taxpayers. In 2014, more 10,200 claims were submitted and more $2.02 million of property tax relief was distributed to valid claim applicants, resulting in an average of approximately $200 of State Education Property Tax Relief per household.

New Hampshire residents may now apply for property tax relief for year 2014 during the filing period - after May 1, 2015, but no later than June 30, 2015 if they:

— Own a homestead subject to the State Education Property Tax.

— Resided in the homestead as of April 1, 2014.

— And have a total household income of $20,000 or less if a single person (or $40,000 or less if married or head of household).

Application Forms and Instructions - Low & Moderate Program — are available on the N.H. Department of Revenue Administration's web site at http://revenue.nh.gov/forms/low-moderate.htm where Form DP-8 may be filed online or copies printed.

Older versions of the Form DP-8 will not be accepted by the department. The 2014 Form DP-8 with instructions and Frequently Asked Questions brochures are also available at most local municipal offices. In addition, many New Hampshire libraries allow residents to utilize their computer Internet services to complete and print a Form DP-8 for submission by mail (Low & Moderate Income Homeowner's Property Tax Relief, PO Box 299, Concord, NH 03302-0299).

Residents who do not have access to the Internet or who cannot pick up a form at their local municipal office may request a Form DP-8 by calling the Department's Forms Line at (603) 230-5001. Other numbers listed online to call are (603) 230-5920 or (603)230-5947.

Granite State residents can find more information about the Low & Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program and check the status of their application on the department's website (www.revenue.nh.gov). One of the most common reasons an applicant may see a delay in the response is due to lack of proper attachments. Completed claim forms must be accompanied by a copy of the 2014 final tax bill from the municipality where the applicant resides along with a copy of the applicant's 2014 federal income tax return (1040-EZ, 1040A,etc). Applicants are reminded that the N.H. Department of Revenue Administration is a state taxing agency and cannot determine an individual's federal tax liability. If you are unsure whether you are required to file federally, you may contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040. If you are not required to file with the IRS, you may check a box on the Form DP-8 indicating this.

Homesteads held in trust must also be verified by submission of the trust document, but may still qualify for relief.

Be kind. Print a copy for a friend.

Dorothy Duffy

Laconia

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Don't want to wait for liberal Utopia? Move to Cuba or North Korea

To The Daily Sun,

Since Ed Allard concedes my main allegation, what is the point of his letter of April 29? Perhaps he just wanted a platform for name-calling intended to intimidate people into accepting leftists' efforts to undermine the Judeo-Christian values that underlie our free, prosperous, and peaceful society.

Supporting my point about the great difficulty of being able to use the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) to justify discrimination, Allard says that courts have consistently held against anyone attempting to use an RFRA to justify discrimination. I would say a zero record of success is clear evidence of great difficulty.

Allard apparently wants to mislead readers into believing that the Indiana RFRA allows almost casual discrimination without possible legal penalty just because someone thinks his "religious freedom is likely to be violated." That is false.

Nevertheless, Allard says many of the politicians who passed the 1993 Federal RFRA support his claim. Does support from politicians really strengthen anyone's argument? What did these politicians tell us about Obamacare? Lies. And, apparently there are politicians who believe the opposite.

Quoting from the Indiana RFRA to show the intent of the law, "A person whose exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened, by a violation of this chapter may assert the violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding...."

The "likely to be substantially burdened" simply means that you can go to court before you are harmed. For example, if a law required that everyone, or certain people, be tattooed, and if someone felt that being tattooed was likely to substantially burden his/her religious exercise, he/she could go to court before being tattooed ... where he might or might not succeed in his attempt to avoid being tattooed.

It is ridiculous to argue that someone who hasn't been harmed by a law, but feels he might be, would be more successful in court than someone who actually has been or is being harmed by that law.

Despite Allard's claim to the contrary, the attitude behind the Indiana RFRA is the opposite of the attitude behind the Jim Crow laws. The attitude behind the RFRAs is to protect peoples' rights, to support their First Amendment right. The attitude behind the Jim Crow laws was the desire to take away peoples' rights, i.e., to subjugate others.

Allard approves of denial of service (discrimination) as long as he gets to determine the criteria (which apparently excludes religious freedom concerns). In Allard's world you can't deny a service because it violates your principles and firmly held beliefs that such actions support harming people and society. But, you could deny that service by claiming it is to avoid inciting violence (perhaps from the Christians that scare so many leftists, and who, in the name of their religion, apparently are constantly committing violent acts — that the media must be hiding from us).

This whole discussion began with the false charges that the Indiana RFRA allows discrimination against gays. That fantasy was created to smear Indiana's successful governor and potential presidential candidate and as an attack on America's Judeo-Christian values which are the basis for our freedoms, prosperity, and peaceful society.

Despite Allard's objection, the trumped-up attack on the Indiana RFRA is just another piece of the leftists' war to destroy the influence of our Judeo-Christian religion in our society. Leftists have fought to eliminate prayer from public schools, our military academies, and public events, to remove the Ten Commandments from public buildings, to remove religious monuments and displays from public lands, to stop private Bible reading or private Bible study groups during free time in public schools, to force hiring people whose behavior violates the religious principles of the employer, to limit the ability of military chaplains to proclaim their Christian beliefs, to force pastors to submit their sermons to government, threaten the tax-exempt status of religious colleges that oppose same-sex marriage, and on and on and on. Unfortunately, leftists have been successful in many areas.

John Adams warned, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Leftists try to destroy our Judeo-Christian values which underlie our freedom, prosperity, and peaceful society. But these values stand in the way of leftist success in instituting the government they envision where "smart", "caring", and "honest" people like themselves control our lives, let us keep the part of our earnings that they think we deserve, and make all our decisions for us because they know what is best for us.

Anyone who wants to live in such a Utopia doesn't have to wait, they already exist. Our borders are open. Cuba, Russia, Venezuela, North Korea, and similar utopian countries will surely welcome you.

Don Ewing

Meredith

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