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Frequently Asked Questions for Seniors and Retirees

4. What's important to know about personal exemptions?

If you have a federal adjusted gross income of up to $100,000 (up to $150,000 if filing jointly) you are entitled to a $3,200 exemption on the Maryland return for each exemption you are qualified to claim on the federal return. For taxpayers with higher incomes, the exemption amount is limited. See the Exemption Amount Chart included in Instruction 10 of the Maryland tax booklet.

You and your spouse may claim an additional $1,000 exemption on the Maryland return for being 65 years of age or older or blind. If any other dependent claimed is 65 or over, you also receive an extra exemption of up to $3,200.

Make sure you check both boxes in columns 6 and 7 of the Exemptions section for each of your dependents who are age 65 or over. After you complete the Exemptions section, enter your total exemption amount on your Maryland return.



 
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Seniors and Retirees FAQs
  q1 - Do I have to file a Maryland return?
  q2 - What is Maryland's state income tax rate?
  q3 - How is the local income tax calculated?
  q4 - What's important to know about personal exemptions?
  q5 - What benefits are available for two-income couples?
  q6 - Does Maryland tax Social Security benefits?
  q7 - Can I claim Maryland's pension exclusion?
  q8 - Does Maryland offer a tax break for long-term care insurance?
  q9 - Is there a special tax benefit for military retirees?
  q10 - I am retired from the federal government. Can I have state tax withheld from my pension?
 
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