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Winter Season Fire Safety Tips from the Greenwich Fire Department

Posted on January 16, 2019 by admin


As we go through the winter / holiday season we would like to remind everyone to please practice these fire safety tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this winter:

* Remove and dispose of old Christmas trees, wreaths, roping. They burn fiercely as they may have been cut in early Fall.

* Be extremely careful with candles and other open flames.

* Put fireplace ashes in a metal ash can and keep can outside, away from house. Embers stay hot for days. Plastic, paper or cardboard must not be used to remove or store ash.

* Keep space heaters at least 3’ away from combustibles.

* Don’t leave pots on the stove unattended.

* Do not run your generator in your garage, run outdoors in a wide open area. Note the wind direction and where exhaust is going.

* Make sure your home has WORKING smoke alarms and Carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your house.

* Be careful when warming your vehicle. Be diligent if your vehicle operates by a fob or push button ignition. Always make sure your vehicle is off when in the garage.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact our Fire Marshals Division at Firemarshals@greenwichct.org

Important 2019 Tax Information for Seniors

Posted on January 11, 2019 by admin


Dear friends and neighbors,

With tax season quickly approaching, I wanted to make sure you were aware of some pertinent tax relief benefits available to Connecticut seniors.

Last session, I joined my colleagues in the legislature in passing a budget that provided tax relief for seniors. Namely, we passed two provisions, one of which eliminated the income tax on Social Security and the other phases out the income tax on pensions.

Social Security Income Tax Deduction

Effective for tax years beginning after 2019, individual taxpayers may deduct 100 percent of Social Security income, if federal adjusted gross income (AGI) is less than:

  • $75,000 for single filers and married taxpayers filing separately; or
  • $100,000 joint filers and heads of household

Furthermore, taxpayers with incomes equal to or greater than the thresholds qualify for a 75 percent deduction. The income thresholds are increased from $50,000 and $60,000, respectively.

Retirement Income Tax Deductions

Effective beginning with the 2019 tax year, individual taxpayers may deduct a portion of retirement income that is included in federal gross income, if federal AGI is below:

  • $75,000 for single filers, married taxpayers filing separately, and heads of households; or
  • $100,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly

The deduction is equal to:

  • 14% of pension or annuity income for the 2019 taxable year
  • 28% of that income for the 2020 taxable year
  • 42% of that income for the 2021 taxable year
  • 56% of that income for the 2022 taxable year
  • 70% of that income for the 2023 taxable year
  • 84% of that income for the 2024 taxable year
  • 100% of that income for the 2025 taxable year

Under current law, military and railroad retirement that is included in federal gross income is fully deductible.

As always, please contact me with questions at (800) 842-1423 or Fred.Camillo@housegop.ct.gov.

Regards,

Fred

New Laws Effective January 1, 2019

Posted on January 11, 2019 by admin


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

New legislation effective dates are typically January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st throughout the calendar year. Now that 2018 has come to an end, a number of new laws took effect on January 1, 2019.

These new laws may have an impact on you, your business, or our community. I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below, which I supported, and encourage you to take a look at the full list.

Please pass this information along to those who may benefit from knowing what to expect in the New Year in the State of Connecticut.

As always, please contact me directly with any questions regarding these laws at (800) 842-1423 or Fred.Camillo@housegop.ct.gov.

Regards,

Fred

AN ACT CONCERNING DUAL ARRESTS AND THE TRAINING REQUIRED OF LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL WITH RESPECT TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

PA 18-5 reduces the number of dual arrests that occur in domestic violence cases and enhance domestic violence training offered to state and local law enforcement agencies. For a summary, click here.

AN ACT CONCERNING MAMMOGRAMS, BREAST ULTRASOUNDS AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF BREASTS

PA 18-159 redefines mammogram, and eliminates co-payments and deductibles for certain breast ultrasounds. For a summary, click here.

AN ACT AUTHORIZING PREGNANCY AS A QUALIFYING EVENT FOR SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIODS FOR CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS

PA 18-43 permits certain pregnant individuals to enroll in a health insurance policy or plan not later than thirty days after the individual’s pregnancy has been certified by a licensed health care provider. For a full summary, click here.

AN ACT MANDATING INSURANCE COVERAGE OF ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS AND EXPANDING MANDATED HEALTH BENEFITS FOR WOMEN, CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

PA 18-10 requires certain health insurance plans to cover ten essential health benefits including maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs, hospitalization, emergency, laboratory and ambulatory services, rehabilitation, mental health services, pediatrics, and much more. For a full summary, click here.

AN ACT CONCERNING PAY EQUITY

PA 18-8 prohibits employers from asking a job candidate about his or her wage and salary history. This legislation aims to eliminate pay discrimination based on gender. For a full summary, click here.