There is a bill before the Maryland legislature (SB486 and HB788) that would permit the itemizing of deduction on the Maryland income tax forms without requiring itemizing deductions on the federal income tax. Allowing this will lower the state income tax payable to the state for a significant number of residents. Many people of the state currently do not itemize deductions on their federal income tax because the higher standard deduction exceeds what people can itemize. But the state standard deduction is lower than what people could itemize, resulting in a higher state income tax. Permitting people to itemize on their state tax or raising the Maryland standard deduction would result in lower state income taxes.

I urge you to write out legislators, Senator Eckardt (adelaide.eckardt@senate.state.md.us), Del. Adams (christopher.adams@house.state.md.us) and Del. Mautz (johnny.mautz@house.state.md.us) to support this legislation.

BILL MOCARSKY

Easton

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