Contact your elected officials in Annapolis

If you believe that Maryland needs to do more for seniors in regards to taxation,

Contact your elected officials in Annapolis

AND

Encourage other seniors to do the same

Method 1: Send a message via the web

  1. Click on this link Elected Officials
  2. Enter your address: street and city
  3. The names of your elected officials will appear with check marks next to the names of the legislators who will be contacted.
  4. Click on create message.
  5. Create your own message or copy the following message into the message box on the elected officials web page and provide your contact information. After doing this, your message will then be sent to all three of your Maryland delegates and to your state Senator.

I am a Maryland senior and I vote.
Seniors make many contributions to Maryland: we are enthusiastic volunteers, we are substantial customers for goods and services, we keep the economy of Maryland strong, we are law-abiding, we count in the census, and we don’t have children in school.
Nine states do not have any state income tax and nine states exempt all or part of Civil Service Annuities from state and local income taxes. And, the cost of living Maryland is higher than all but four other states.
PLEASE:
Exempt ALL senior pensions from Maryland taxation.
Allow taxpayers to itemize deductions on their Maryland tax return even if they do not itemize deductions on their Federal tax
return.
Maryland needs to keep its seniors in Maryland!


Method 2: Write letters to your Maryland delegates and your state Senator
Click on this link Elected Officials to find your State Senator and Delegates in Annapolis.
Click on Contact Information to find the contact information for your State Senator and Delegates.
Write letters to your elected officials. A sample letter is given at the end of this page.


Method 3: Personal contacts
When you encounter your elected officials – tell them that you want tax relief for Maryland’s seniors: (1) exempt all pensions from Maryland taxation and (2) allow taxpayers to itemize deductions on their Maryland tax return even if they do not itemize deductions on their Federal tax return.


Method 4: Postcards
NARFE’s Maryland chapter will send you postcards that you can then mail to your elected officials. Please send an e-mail to narfemd.taxreform@gmail.com requesting these postcards. Please include your name and postal mailing address in this request.

Please let your senior friends know about this campaign!

Volunteer to help in our effort: NARFE needs volunteers to help in this campaign. If you are able to devote some time to this effort, please send an e-mail to narfemd.taxreform@gmail.com

Thank you for your efforts

Sample Letter

Enter the date

Enter: Senator or Delegate and
Address of Senator or Delegate

Dear Senator or Delegate (enter name):

Last December, the Federal tax laws were changed to effectively remove our deduction for income and property taxes paid in Maryland. In addition to this hit on our Federal taxes, we will also be paying higher taxes in Maryland simply because most of us will not be itemizing our deductions. This will cause our Maryland taxable income to increase. I strongly urge the Maryland legislature to fix this problem by allowing us to itemize deductions in our Maryland returns even if we have not done this in our Federal returns.

Seniors make many contributions to Maryland: we are enthusiastic volunteers, we are reliable customers for goods and services, we are law-abiding, we count in the census, and we don’t have children in school. Nine states do not have any state income tax and 14 states exempt all or part of Federal pensions from state and local income taxes. And, the cost of living Maryland is higher than all but four other states.

Maryland collects zero in taxes from a retired person who moves to another state. Thus, keeping retired persons in Maryland should be a matter of high priority for Maryland’s legislators. The best way to accomplish this would be to not tax the pensions of seniors. Maryland needs to keep its seniors in Maryland!

I appreciate your taking the time to consider my opinions.

Sincerely,

Enter your name and contact information

Updated: 2018-10-02