Social Security: New Mexico is moving closer to eliminating taxes on most social security services
Social Security: New Mexico is moving closer to eliminating taxes on most social security services

Social Security: New Mexico is moving closer to eliminating taxes on most social security services


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New Mexico took another step toward becoming the next state to remove personal taxes on most Social benefits after lawmakers last week moved a bill on the proposal to the final committee.

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The bill, called SB108, was one of several introduced during the current session seeking to exempt social security benefits from personal income tax, Las Cruces Sun-News reported. SB108 has bipartisan support as well as backing from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. From Friday, February 11, the bill was reviewed by the state Senate Tax, Business and Transportation Committee.

“It is high time we removed the tax on social security,” State Senator Michael Padilla, SB 108’s Democratic co-sponsor, told Las Cruces Sun-News. “We are one of only 12 remaining states still taxing social security. This is an issue that has faced many families in New Mexico retiring.”

If the bill becomes law, the tax exemption for social security income will take effect in the current tax year. However, it would not be available to everyone. The bill limits the exemption to $ 75,000 for married couples applying separately, $ 150,000 for married couples applying jointly, and $ 100,000 for individuals, meaning New Mexico will still tax social benefits for some residents.

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According to Kiplinger, the other states besides New Mexico that tax social security services are Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.

As GOBankingRates previously reported, personal income taxes in New Mexico currently apply to social security benefits on all but lower-income residents. Individuals earning up to $ 25,000 a year and community taxpayers earning up to $ 32,000 receive full exemption. State legislators have introduced competing bills to remove or scale down the tax.

Proponents of removing the tax say it will help New Mexico attract more retirees who want to move to the Sunbelt states – almost all of whom do not impose a tax on social security benefits.

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Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who has previously held staff positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a BA in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting won awards from the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A North Carolina native who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story, “Saint Christopher,” became number two in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition. Two of his short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. His debut novel, Voodoo Hideaway, was published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.


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