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  5/25/2014, Iyar 25, 5774

Civil Service Volunteers Denied Housing Benefit


The prerequisite for the 0% VAT housing benefit has shut out haredi Civil Service volunteers and those exempt from army service from receiving the discount from the State. Eligibility for the discount requires those purchasing a first home to have served a minimum of 18 months in the army for men, and 12 months for women.

Thus, haredi volunteers and other men who were exempted from army service but still chose to volunteer in Civil or National Service positions, do not meet the standards imposed by the Finance Ministry.