Retired teachers chapter news

March 2, 2017

2016 sales tax break for New York, Florida and other states’ residents

Federal tax law allows taxpayers who elect to itemize deductions to deduct their state and local income taxes or state and local general sales taxes to reduce their federal income tax.

A parting gift for her colleagues

Attendance is up, way up, in the bright, new teachers’ lounge at PS 205, a retirement gift from Lourdes Diaz-Austin to her former colleagues after 30 years as an ESL teacher at the school in the Belmont section of the Bronx. “It was a gift from my heart,” explained Diaz-Austin.

Attacks against us figure to grow
The Republican Party is more stridently opposed to unions and workers’ rights than when it last controlled both houses of Congress and a majority of state houses in 2006. It now controls Congress, the presidency and the majority of state houses, and is poised to dismantle the American labor movement. It began in Wisconsin when Gov. Scott Walker gutted the collective-bargaining rights of public-sector employees like us and now the threat looms in the federal government.

February 2, 2017

Retiree optional rider checks to be mailed in February

UFT President Michael Mulgrew, who chairs the union’s Welfare Fund Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that retirees will be receiving their Optional Rider reimbursement at the end of February.

Reporting TRS distributions on your local income tax

If you received one or more of the distributions listed below during 2016, you are required to report the total gross amount of the distribution on line 16a and the taxable amount of the distribution on line 16b on your 2016 federal income tax Form 1040.

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Caring for an aging relative

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, approximately 34.2 million people in the United States provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or over in 2015. You may find yourself in this situation: a caregiver for someone who is frail — your partner, parent, another relative or a close friend.

January 5, 2017

Recalculations for those retirees who retired after June 30, 2014

As the UFT informed you, you will not have to wait until 2020 to get your full pension.

‘Convention’ a danger to pensions

Of the many dark clouds we will face this coming year, one that affects you and me directly is the prospect of a New York State Constitutional Convention.

Are you a 50-, 60- or 70-year member?

If you have been a UFT union member for 50, 60 or 70 consecutive years, you might be eligible for the UFT 50-, 60- or 70-Year Membership and Service Award.

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