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NARFE/MD: Join Us in Ocean City for the Biennial Conference

The 44th Biennial Conference of the Maryland Federation of NARFE will take place May 5-7, 2019 at the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. For more information

PRESS RELEASE: 004-2019

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!!CALL TO ACTION!!

YOU ARE NEEDED TO SUPPORT SB 906 … YES, YOU!

On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 1:00pm, the Maryland Federation, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will throw its support behind Senate Bill 906: Income Tax – Itemized Deductions. This is the cross filed bill for HB 327 (refer to NARFE MD PR: 003-2019). In reviewing

SB 906 on the General Assembly’s website – Allowing an individual to itemize deductions to compute Maryland taxable income whether or not the individual itemizes deductions on the individual’s federal income tax return; providing that, for an individual who does not itemize deductions on the individual’s federal income tax return, Maryland itemized deductions shall be determined as if an individual itemized deductions on the federal income tax return; applying the Act to all taxable years after 2018; etc.

To ensure that you appropriately support SB 906, you need to sign-in to speak before the Senate’s Budget & Taxation Committee. However, you are not required to speak. We simply need bodies to show up to support

SB 906. The Senate Building is located at 3 West, Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. The deadline to sign-in is 12:00pm, March 13.

NARFE MD Federation President Dr. Gary Roundtree has approved the reimbursement of your parking and a shuttle ride to the Senate Building in Annapolis. Should you have questions regarding SB 906 and overall strategy, please contact Maryland Federation State Legislative Committee Chair Paul Schwartz at pksyanks@aol.com.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) was founded in 1921 with the mission of protecting the earned rights and benefits of America’s active and retired federal workers. One of the largest federal employee/retiree organizations, NARFE represents the interests of 5 million current and future federal and postal annuitants, spouses and survivors.

Updated: 2019-03-02

NARFE/MD: Join Us in Ocean City for the Biennial Conference

February 8, 2019

Build, Strengthen, Advocate and Lead

Maryland Federation 44th Biennial Conference

May 5-7, 2019

Dunes Manor Hotel & Suites

2800 Baltimore Ave.

Ocean City, Maryland 21842

To make reservations, call 800-523-2888. Must call hotel by April 4.  All rooms are $89.00 + $9.35 = $98.35 per night for all week. Come early or stay a day or more after and enjoy Ocean City.

It’s about Communication and Education.

Conference Objective 1:  To present the latest in Advocacy Training and Technological Training from a scientific perspective.

Conference Objective 2:  To introduce a new model for effectively using Social Media and Advocacy Training to Communicate with Your Elected Lawmakers in Congress and the Maryland General Assembly.

Come and hear and get to know some of the most interesting speakers of our time in government and beyond.

Barbara Sido, NARFE HQ Executive Director; James Marshall, NARFE Federal Benefits Institute; Peter Franchot, Maryland Comptroller; John C. Wobensmith, Maryland Secretary of State; George Owings, Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Craig Renner, Senior Director Communications of Maryland Environmental Service; Nancy Gaither, Professional, Talent & Leadership Development; Faye Green, Maryland Author; Ahmed Salem, Special Agent/Assistant Director National Security Programs, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Department of Commerce; Gee Williams, Mayor, Berlin, Maryland; Rick Meehan, Mayor, Ocean City, Maryland; Tammy Bresnahan, AARP Maryland Associate Director of  Advocacy; Meagan Sekscinski, Estate Planning; Ronald Rolfe, Deputy Assistant Director, Nuclear & Missile Technology Division, BIS; Kathy Adams, NARFE Region II Vice President; Delegate Wayne Hartman, Maryland House of Delegates, District 38C (Worcester and Wicomico counties); and Ryan Snow, Eastern Shore Representative – Governor Lawrence Hogan.

Goals of the Biennial Conference: 

Goal #1: Learn               Goal #2: Connect               Goal #3: Apply

Registration:  For a copy of the Conference Call Letter with detailed information on registration, please contact your chapter president or the NARFE/MD Secretary Pat Farmer at buttonspaf@aol.com.

Updated: 2019-02-09

Maryland Income Taxes Again by Dick Strombotne

 

If you usually claim the standard deduction on your Maryland income taxes, you can skip this article. It is intended to inform and advise people who usually claim itemized deductions on Maryland income taxes.

What is the problem? The big increase in the standard deduction on Federal tax makes it attractive for people to claim it for 2018. It saves money on federal taxes. If you do that then you cannot claim itemized deductions on your MD taxes. You can estimate how much your MD state and local taxes will increase easily. Look up the amount of itemized deductions on the MD tax return for 2017 Subtract the amount of MD standard deduction: $4,500 for joint filers and $2,250 for single filers. Multiply the result by 8%. That is the amount of the increase in your MD state and local taxes for 2018, roughly. If you don’t like the result, read on.

Let your state legislators know that they need to roll back the increase in MD state and local income taxes on people who claim the Federal standard deduction. The Maryland General Assembly goes into its 90-day session January 9, just two days before our January 11 membership meeting. Call the toll-free number for the General Assembly, 1-800-492-7122, and tell the operator who you want to speak to. When you call a legislator’s office a staff member will usually answer. Say who you are and that you are concerned about not being able to claim itemized deductions on your Maryland taxes.

Key legislators are members of the House Ways and Means Committee (HW&M) and the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee (SB&T.) The Chair of SB&T is Senator Nancy King, District 39. The Chair of HW&M is Del. Anne Kaiser, District 14. Delegate-elect Julie Palakovitch Carr, District 17, will be a new member of HW&M. These senators and delegates have fellow members from their districts who can be called and asked to support legislation to fix the problem.

After legislation is introduced to address the problem there will be hearings by the relevant committees. Usually, there is only about two weeks notice of hearings. It is vitally important that NARFE members be present at those hearings to let the committee members know that the matter is important. You can park at the Navy-Marine stadium lot for $5 and ride a shuttle to the General Assembly area of Annapolis for $1. Hearings usually are scheduled to start at 1:00 pm and there is no telling when the bill of interest will be heard. Look for an email message from Chapter President Charlie Garfinkel to inform you about the key hearings. The website for Maryland General Assembly is at http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frm1st.aspx?tab=home

It is a marvelous source of information about committees, legislators, reports, etc.

Updated: 12/29/2018