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State Tax Exemption


Sample Letter for HB 734

Sample Letter for HB 951

Sample Letter SB370

Sample Letter for SB 574

In the 2018 Legislative Session, both houses passed a $15,000 tax exemption bill for all age 55 and over for all members of the Uniform Services and their surviving spouses.  Bills were proposed last year that attempted to waive all retirement income from state, but were not completed during the 2020 shortened session. 

In the 2021 session, several bills have been introduced that will attempt to waive the cap over time or to raise the cap.

  • HB166 would exempt many retirement plans, including military retirement as well as Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), from state income tax over three years.
  • Companion bills - SB 370 and HB 951 - would raise the waiver on the tax on military retirement pay from $15,000 to $20,000
  • The companion bills - SB 574 and HB 734 - would eliminate the cap entirely over two years.  In 2021 tax year the waiver would increase from $15,000 to the greater of $15,000 or 50% of the retirement pay.  In 2022 tax year the cap on the taxable amount would be removed.  

YOUR EMAILS ARE NEEDED and REQUESTED NOW!  

We all need to reach out to your state representatives NOW.

A sample email to your State Senator and Representatives can be found on the right side of this page.

You can locate your state representatives by keying into http://www.mgaleg.maryland.gov or going to our page "What You can Do"

  • Under “Members”, go to Find My Representative,
  • then go to :”Look Up.” and
  • Key in your address and zipcode.
  • Click on the "Find" button
  • If you see check marks for your Senator and Representative(s), this system will generate the appropriate email address(s) for you.  Please make certain on the appropriate individual(s) are checked if addressing a bill already under discussion in the appropriate chamber.

 

Two bills were passed last session that can enable local jurisdictions to waive part of the property tax under certain circumstances last session.  In the 2021 session, SB 258 expands the existing property tax credit for disabled veterans by lowering the threshold from 100% disability to 80% disability.  Importantly, the legislation would apply not only to disabled active duty service members and disabled veterans but to qualifying surviving spouses of individuals who died in the line of duty.

 

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