Important Changes to Social Security and Pension Tax Deductions

Posted on January 15, 2019 by admin


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Last session, I joined my legislative colleagues to pass two provisions (included within the bi-annual budget) regarding Social Security Income Deductions and Retirement Income Deductions designed to provide seniors with much-needed tax relief. The first eliminated the income tax on Social Security and the second will phase out the income tax on pensions over the next few years.

**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

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

To read more about these changes, you can read the Research Report provided by the non-partisan Office of Legislative Research – https://www.cga.ct.gov/2018/rpt/pdf/2018-R-0005.pdf

It is recommended that you consult a certified tax preparer regarding any deduction.

Reps. D’Amelio, Cummings Receive Committee Assignments

Posted on December 20, 2018 by admin


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House Republican Leader Themis Klarides recently announced the 2019-2020 legislative committee assignments and caucus leadership positions for State Representatives Tony D’Amelio (R-71) Stephanie Cummings (R-74).

Representative D’Amelio will continue in his role as a caucus Senior Whip and will serve on the General Law, Aging, and Human Services Committees.

“I’m honored to return to Hartford to represent the people of Middlebury and Waterbury, and I look forward to working on the issues that affect each of us on a daily basis,” Rep. D’Amelio said. “Connecticut is once again facing difficult budget challenges, and while this session will not be easy I’m confident we can stabilize state finances and provide a true pathway forward.”

Representative Stephanie Cummings, who begins her second term representing the 74th General Assembly District of the East End and East Mountain sections of Waterbury, is being promoted to serve as Ranking Member of the Commerce Committee. The Commerce Committee is a small-business-oriented committee that has cognizance over matters concerning the Department of Economic and Community Development.  Ranking Members are the minority party’s designated leaders of joint committees.

In addition to her new role, Rep. Cummings will continue her dedicated service on the legislature’s powerful Judiciary Committee and also serve on the Children’s Committee.

“I want to thank House Republican Leader Klarides for appointing me to serve as ranking member of the Commerce Committee,” Rep. Cummings said. “As a lifelong supporter of Connecticut’s business community, I look forward to working with my colleagues to find ways to bring stability and growth to the local businesses that are the backbone of our state’s economy. Together, we can tackle the difficult issues and move Connecticut forward.”

For more information, and to read descriptions of the duties and responsibilities of each legislative committee please go to www.cga.ct.gov and click on the “Committees” tab.

 

Nighttime Milling and Resurfacing Project, Route 73 in Waterbury

Posted on September 18, 2018 by admin


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The following message comes from the State Department of Transportation and contains information that could impact your travels.

 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nighttime milling and resurfacing project will be performed on Route 73 in Waterbury, beginning Sunday, September 23, 2018. 

 

The project consists of milling and resurfacing 1.95 miles of Route 73in Waterbury. This project is scheduled to occur from 7:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Sunday, September 23, 2018 to the morning of Monday, October 8, 2018.

 

This project is included in the Department of Transportation’s 2018 Vendor Resurfacing Program.

 

LANE CLOSURE INFO

 

Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 73 between the Watertown town line and the Route 8 Connector. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is 7:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Sunday through Thursday)

 

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.  Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

CT Veterans Stand Down 2018

Posted on September 13, 2018 by admin


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On Friday, September 21st, the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting the 2018 Stand Down event at the Rocky Hill Veterans’ Home from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Connecticut’s veterans deserve the services that they have earned.

Many community providers will have booths set up at the event with specialists to help veterans receive and learn about their earned service benefits, employment opportunities, medical screenings, and legal services.

Additional details are below:

  • Gates open at 8:00 a.m. Please arrive no later than 12:00 p.m.
  • No pre-registration required! Attendees are encouraged to bring documentation verifying military service
  • Recovery Based Services
  • Medical Screenings, Dental Services, Eye Care
  • Veteran Benefit Information (State and Federal)
  • Legal and Motor Vehicle Assistance
  • Employment and Educational Assistance
  • Housing Resources and Information
  • Free Bus Transportation provided at designated areas
  • Go to www.portal.ct.gov/DVA and click on “Stand Down 2018” or call 860-616-3803 for general information and the transportation schedule

Rep. D’Amelio, Waterbury Delegation Applaud Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Grant for Boys and Girls Club

Posted on September 11, 2018 by admin


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The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury will announce receipt of a Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Grant from the State of Connecticut for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Monday, September 17, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club.   In attendance will be State Representatives Stephanie Cummings, Larry Butler, Tony D’Amelio, Jeff Berger and Geraldo Reyes, and State Senator Joan Hartley, who were instrumental in the passage of Public Act 18-81 which included Waterbury in the Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.

The Boys & Girls Club provides members with a healthy and safe environment that aims to empower teens to make good choices while reducing violence among youth.  Club programs provide youth the opportunity to learn and develop new skills and interests, including sports, technology and art, during a critical part of the day.  Providing exposure and opportunities to anti-bullying, anti-violence and life-skills programing opens youth to new possibilities and helps them find positive ways to spend their time while also allowing them to consider and explore positive futures – both school and career.  Keeping students occupied in the after-school hours is proven to reduce at-risk behaviors including violence, substance use and sexual activity.  The Youth Services Prevention Initiative and Youth Violence Prevention Grant will serve to ensure that members have a safe, positive environment to learn, forge supportive relationships among their peers and have opportunities, expectations and recognition.

“The Boys and Girls Club does incredible work for the kids of our community and I can think of no better organization to receive this grant money,” Rep. D’Amelio said.  “I’m confident these funds will be used to continue their mission of providing engaging programming to help our kids make positive life decisions and to avoid the pitfalls of drugs, gangs and violence that harm so many.”

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Tax Free Week – August 19-25

Posted on August 7, 2018 by admin


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With the start of school just around the corner, I want to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

Reps. D’Amelio and Cummings Host Senior Center Town Hall

Posted on May 31, 2018 by admin


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More than 50 people came to the Waterbury Senior Center to listen as State Reps. Tony D’Amelio and Stephanie Cummings held office hours to discuss the recently-ended 2018 legislative session and to answer questions from the audience.

After a brief recap of the session, the legislators answered questions for more than an hour. The topics varied but mostly focused on fiscal matters, including the state budget, the deficit, state employee retirement funds, education funding and car taxes, among others. They also discussed the recent uptick of local crime and what could be done at the state level to assist the Waterbury Police.

Reps. D’Amelio, Cummings to Host Legislative Coffee Hour

Posted on May 8, 2018 by admin


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State Representatives Stephanie Cummings (R-74) and Tony D’Amelio (R-71) look forward to meeting with constituents on Thursday, May 31st during a Legislative Coffee Hour at the Waterbury Senior Center from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The lawmakers invite constituents to share their concerns and ideas, and to ask questions about the recently ended 2018 legislative session and the upcoming 2019 session.

This event is free and open to Waterbury citizens.

The Waterbury Senior Center is located at 1985 East Main St., in Waterbury.

 

Rep. D’Amelio, Italian-American Legislative Caucus Honor Capt. Scappini

Posted on March 22, 2018 by admin


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State Rep. Tony D’Amelio and the Italian-American Legislative Caucus recently honored Captain Richard Scappini (retired) for his continued efforts on behalf of Italian-Americans during the annual Saint Joseph’s Day celebration at the Legislative Office Building.

From left – Rep. Larry Butler, Rep. Tony D’Amelio, awardee Captain Richard Scappini (retired), Rep. Jeff Berger and Rep. Geraldo Reyes posed for a photo after the annual Italian-American Legislative Caucus Saint Joseph’s Day celebration at the Legislative Office Building.

 

Get Your Flu Vaccine Tomorrow!

Posted on January 26, 2018 by admin


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Tomorrow, January 27, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) will be teaming up with local health departments to administer free/low cost flu vaccinations.

As the flu continues to spread across the state, DPH strongly encourages all residents 6 months of age or older to get vaccinated.

Please click here to access a full list of times and locations of Flu Clinics in your area.

Stay safe and healthy this winter by taking advantage of this great opportunity.