Salas Bill to Provide Tax Relief for Disabled Veterans Passes Committee

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assembly Bill (AB) 1257, authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), passed with bipartisan support out of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee.  This bill would exempt add-on adaptive automotive equipment from sales tax when sold to any disabled veteran who has a service-connected disability. 

“Veterans sacrifice selflessly in service to our nation,” said Assemblymember Salas.  “After being injured defending our freedom, we must commit to helping these brave men and women as they return to civilian life.  Driving is a necessity and this bill will ease cost burdens for disabled veterans to be able to drive.”

AB 1257 will move next to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for fiscal consideration.

There are approximately 390,864 disabled veterans in California.  Add-on adaptive automotive equipment ranges in cost and a lot of the mechanized equipment can cost thousands of dollars.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a new vehicle modification with add-on adaptive automotive equipment can cost anywhere from $20,000 - $80,000.  California’s sales and use tax is 7.25%.  Depending on the local tax jurisdiction, the sales tax could be higher. 

Nearly 2 million veterans live in California and roughly 57,000 call Kings and Kern County home.  Assembly District 32 is also home to the Naval Air Station Lemoore. 

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Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Hanford, Corcoran, Delano, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Avenal, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.