HB100 Retirement Pension Tax Subtraction Modification

Due to several requests we are putting this information out again and giving you the ability to read the law.  On April 18, 2017 the Governor signed HB100.

This bill gives retired officer's 55 or older that live in Maryland a pension income tax subtraction modification in the amount of $15,000.  We have provided helpful links below for those that are interested in seeing it in writing.  If the pension is for an officer or spouse that is totally disabled or is over 65 this does not apply as you are eligible for the higher deduction (up to $29,400 for tax year 2016)

2017   HB100

Instructions for totally disabled or 65 or over

Worksheet for totally disabled or 65 or over

 

FOP89 FALLEN HEROE’S MEMORIAL BRICK’S

FOP Lodge 89 is creating a Heroes' Walk at our Fallen Heroes' Memorial.  You can now purchase a brick for the walk which can be engraved with a personalized message.  See the link below for a copy of the brochure which has full details and ordering information. FOP89-Brick-Brochure To go directly to the website to order your brick (preferred way to order) click the link below www.thatsmybrick.com/fop89  

Tax Subtraction for Active Officers for 2016

Beginning January 1, 2016, “law enforcement officers” can claim an income tax subtraction modification for the first $5,000 of income earned if:

The section below is taken directly from the Maryland State Comptroller Website. Frequently Asked Questions About Income Tax

Link to section on website

30.  Who may claim the law enforcement subtraction modification?

Beginning January 1, 2016, “law enforcement officers” can claim an income tax subtraction modification for the first $5,000 of income earned if:

(1) The law enforcement officer resides and works in the same political subdivision; and (2) The crime rate in the political subdivision exceeds the State’s crime rate.

A “law enforcement officer” is an individual who is authorized in his or her official capacity to make arrests and is a member of a law enforcement agency, including officers serving under a probationary status or at the pleasure of the appointing authority of a county or municipal corporation.  Federal law enforcement officers do not qualify for the subtraction modification.

A list of the political subdivisions that have crime rates exceeding the State’s crime rate is provided to the Comptroller’s Office by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission.  You can review whether your political subdivision exceeds the State’s crime rate here.

A law enforcement officer may claim the subtraction, if applicable, by reporting it on Form 502 and Form 502SU.

In the 2016 session of the Maryland General Assembly HB1016  the Public Safety and Policing Workgroup bill was passed.  The bill contained a section (page 35) that allows for a subtraction of the first $5,000 of earned income by a law enforcement officer who resides in the political subdivision in which the law enforcement officer is employed and the crime rate in the political subdivision exceeds the state’s crime rate.

As always please consult your tax adviser for professional advice. This is provided as information only.

LEOSA date notifications

The Range asked us to pass on that their will be an added LEOSA training on February 13 at 1500 hours.  Also, the March 14th date is full.  Time will be 1600 due to the change to Daylight Savings Time. Lt. Baden is waiting for OIT to get his desk phone set up so he can put a message on it, but at this time, he can't do anything with it, so you need to contact him via cell for now to sign up or if you have questions. Lt. Jimmy Baden #2052 Cell: 240-695-4428

2017 Prince George’s County Scholarship Fund Opportunity

FOP Members,

See link below for the Prince George’s County Scholarship Fund document.  This is for your use if your child is a graduating senior (Of Any High School) this school year.  As a sworn or retired officer, your child is eligible to interview for the FOP Lodge 89 scholarship award.  If your child is graduating from a Prince George’s County Public School, they may be eligible to interview for additional scholarships administered by the Prince George’s County Scholarship Fund committee. If you wish for your child to be considered for these scholarships, take a few minutes to complete the attached application and return it to the listed P.O. Box by February 24, 2017. The interview process will take place in April and your child will receive an email from the committee confirming the date and time of the interview. Proper interview attire is required for the interview and your child must attend the scholarship interview. If you have any questions concerning this opportunity, feel free to contact Sgt. Gause #2278 at the following contact numbers – 301-772-4964 Office; 240-429-4593 County Cell, or rgause@co.pg.md.us 2017 FOP 89 -PGCSF Scholarship Application    

Results of the Contract Ratification Vote

The result of the Contract Ratification Vote was, 507 for the contract and 19 against the contract. The ratification passed by a majority of votes cast.  The Contract will now move to the County Council for approval in the form or a bill and a resolution.  We will keep the membership informed of the progress in the Council.