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

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.  

Contract at a glance information

The contract at a glance information is on the members section of the website for those members that were unable to attend the meetings at the Lodge.  Please read over the information and contact us if you have any questions.  The vote for bargaining unit members for the ratification of the contract will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2017.  Check your county email for the information on polling times and locations.

Governor Hogan Stops by FOP Lodge 89

Governor Hogan stopped by FOP Lodge 89 today to speak with members and to offer his condolences on the loss of our Brother, Jacai Colson #3693.  The members were grateful that the Governor took the time out of his busy schedule to come by and show his support and gratitude to the men and women of the Prince George's County Police Department who work day in and day out to keep Prince George's County safe.  This small act of compassion and praise from the Governor has left a profound and lasting effect on our membership and shows the true character of the leader of the great State of Maryland. Governor@fop89

2016 Prince George’s County Scholarship Fund Opportunity

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 26, 2016. 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   2016PGCSFApplication

National Law Enforcement Day

NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY January 9, 2016 2015 was a very tough year for Law Enforcement. 129 Law Enforcement Officers made the ultimate sacrifice protecting their communities. Socially, Law Enforcement Officers were often characterized as less than the noble warriors they are, protecting and serving. As we begin 2016, I encourage all of you to start the New Year off in full support of your local Law Enforcement Officers. We must never forget, Law Enforcement Officers are on the “front lines” every night and day. We all enjoy freedoms because women and men have answered the call to serve and protect. January 9, 2016 is the Fraternal Order of Police National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Showing your appreciation for Law Enforcement only takes a minute, yet it means the world to those who are all too often unappreciated. Several ways you can show your support: • Change your Facebook profile picture to a pro Law Enforcement image • Thank a Law Enforcement Officer • Wear blue clothing to show your support • Send a card or letter to your local Law Enforcement Agency • Share a positive Law Enforcement experience on social media • Display a blue light at your home or business • Visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nationallawenforcementappreciationday2015/ Possibly, the best way to show your support is to share this information. After you make the commitment to show your support, contact your friends and family and encourage them to do the same. Law Enforcement Officers are part of their communities and deserve the support of their communities. A community in support of Law Enforcement leaves little space for criminals to occupy.