Tax Relief for Connecticut Seniors

Posted on January 15, 2019 by admin


With tax season quickly approaching, I wanted to make sure you were aware of some pertinent information to ensure that seniors in Connecticut receive all of the tax relief to which they are entitled.

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

Anyone with questions can also contact my office at 860-842-1423.

I hope to see you there!


Noreen Kokoruda

State Representative for the 101st District