Maryland State Legislative Committee

Your Money and Your Maryland taxes

  • Maryland is a high tax state.
  • Nine states have no income tax.
  • Nine other states exempt the total amount of civil service annuities.
  • Five additional states exempt certain Federal civil service annuities from taxation.
  • Seniors receive a relatively minor tax break in Maryland.
  • Recent changes in Federal tax law have made the situation worse.

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What can you do about this?

PLEASE spread and forward this message to other Maryland seniors and to those who may believe that seniors deserve a better tax deal from Maryland.

Updated: 2018-10-04


2018 SLC Survey of Candidates — Update

On April 25, 2018, the SLC mailed a survey to all the candidates in the upcoming Maryland primary election for Governor, State Senate and State House of Delegates, who were on the ballot registry of the Maryland Board of Elections. This included all incumbents who had filed for reelection as well as all new candidates for these offices, a total of about 565 candidates. We asked all survey recipients to respond by May 25, 2018 and answer “Yes “ or “No” to three questions regarding whether they would support legislation to:

  1. Permit Maryland taxpayers to itemize deductions on their Maryland tax returns whether or not they use the standard deduction on their Federal tax returns;
  2. Extend the tax exemptions of $15,000 on pensions of military retirees over age 55 and of $5,000 for those below age 55 to the pensions of Federal, State and local public service retirees;
  3. Increase the supplemental tax exemption of $1,000 for elderly taxpayers and their elderly spouses to match the $3,200 exemption that can be claimed for elderly dependents.

We posted on this website several weeks before the June 26 Primary a table with the results of the survey, showing for all candidates their responses to the survey or the fact that they did not bother to respond. Because we had only a 20% response rate for this first survey mailing, in July we sent the survey out again to all winning candidates from the primary who had NOT answered the survey the first time around. Between the two rounds of the survey, we ended up receiving completed surveys from 120 candidates of the total of 336 candidates in this election, a response rate of 35%. With a handful of exceptions, all who responded answered “Yes” to all three questions.

For your review we have attached below the updated table showing survey responses and non-responses. The table shows incumbents in Red, and their party, whether they are on the Committees with jurisdiction over tax legislation (Budget and Taxation in the Senate, and Ways and Means in the House), how they answered the three questions above, and whether the responder included comments with their survey. If a returned survey form included comments, a scanned copy is attached. 

Updated: 2018-10-16

The Maryland Federation of Chapters of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association represents almost 300,000 federal employees and annuitants in Maryland.  While our main efforts focus on our constituents, we support legislation impacting all seniors.  Although currently the Administration has not introduced any legislation to specifically address pension and retirement income tax relief for seniors, the Administration and some Senators and Delegates have introduced bills to address the impact of the Federal tax law changes on all Maryland taxpayers.  This is a summary of the current 2018 General Assembly income tax legislative activity by Richard Strombotne, Treasurer of the NARFE MD Federation. Below are two messages to Chapters about the work of the NARFE MD Federation State Legislation Committee.

Below is the 2019 State Legislative Program pamphlet.  You can download the file to print by clicking on the download button at the bottom of the pamphlet page.2019 Leg Program Pamphlet pks bd 071318

Updated: 2018-10-04