Hometown Heroes Act Of 2019

Annapolis, Maryland (Arundel News Network) – Governor Hogan’s Proposed Legislation Will Exempt Retired Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue, Correctional Officer, Or Emergency Response Personnel From State Tax On All Retirement Income Specific To Their Service As A First Responder Or Public Safety Employee; Legislation Lowers Age Of Eligibility To 50. “‘Qualified retired public safety employee’ means an individual who: for a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2018, but before January 1, 2020, is at least 55 years old; or for a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2019, is at least 50 years old; and is a retired correctional officer, a retired law enforcement officer, or a retired fire, rescue, or emergency services worker of the United States, the State, or a political subdivision of the State… The amount included under subsection (b)(1) of this section is limited to an amount not exceeding: for a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2018, but before January 1, 2020, the first $15,000 of income that is eligible under paragraph (1) of this subsection; for a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2019, but before January 1, 2021, 50% of the amount of income that is eligible under paragraph (1) of this subsection; and for a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2020, 100% of the amount of income that is eligible under paragraph (1) of this subsection.” (“Senate Bill 171,” Maryland General Assembly, 1/21/19)

The Governor’s Hometown Heroes Act Of 2019 Would Provide Maryland Retirees With $52 Million In Tax Relief Over The Next Five Years. (Maryland Department Of Budget And Management) Governor Hogan Has Consistently Fought To Eliminate Taxes On The Retirement Income Of Maryland Retirees

In 2014, Governor Hogan Campaigned On Working To Eliminate Taxes On The Retirement Income Of Marylanders. “Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan told residents of a large seniors community Tuesday that he would like to eliminate taxation of all retirement income once the state gets its fiscal house in order… ‘Once we get it under control, our plan — we can’t do it immediately — will be to completely eliminate state income taxes for pensions and retirement income,’ Hogan told the Charlestown residents.” (John Wagner, “Md. GOP Nominee Hogan Suggests Eliminating Taxes On All Retirement Income,” The Washington Post, 8/19/14)

In 2014, Governor Hogan Stated That Members Of Law Enforcement “Deserve” To Not Pay State Income Tax On Their Pensions. “Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan plans to voice his support Tuesday for eliminating the state income tax on pensions of law enforcement officers. Hogan, an Anne Arundel County businessman, will make the announcement during an appearance before the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, according to aides… ‘You deserve these tax breaks,’ Hogan says in prepared remarks to the group. ‘You earned them. It’s not just good economic policy for the state, it’s the right thing to do.’” (John Wagner, “Hogan To Call For Tax Break For Retired Md. Law Enforcement Officers,” The Washington Post, 8/12/14) This Is The Fourth Year That Governor Hogan Has Introduced Legislation To Eliminate State Taxes On The Retirement Income Of First Responders: 2015, 2017, 2018.

In 2017, Governor Hogan Enacted Hometown Heroes Legislation Precluding The First $15,000 Of Retirement Income For First Responders And Emergency Services Personnel From State Taxes; In 2018 Governor Hogan Pushed For And Enacted Legislation To Expand This Benefit To Correctional Officers.

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