AMAC is proud to stand with Congressman Massie with the introduction of the “Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act.” This bill rightly eliminates the unfair income tax on Social Security benefits and ensures that older Americans, who have paid into Social Security throughout their careers, are not excessively taxed by the Federal government. Given that mature Americans and seniors have already paid tax on their Social Security contributions via the payroll tax, it is irresponsible for the government to double-tax the benefit in order to generate more revenue. The “Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act” will not only enable beneficiaries to retain more money for retirement, but it will restore integrity to the Social Security program. As an organization committed to representing the interests of older Americans, we encourage Congress to support this commonsense legislation and to protect the benefit our seniors have earned.
January 28th, 2015
The Honorable Thomas Massie
4th District, Kentucky
U.S. House of Representatives
314 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Massie,
On behalf of the more than 1.2 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I am writing to extend our support for the “Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act.” This important bill rightly eliminates the income tax levied on Social Security benefits in an effort to stop excessive taxation on this critical benefit.
Specifically, the “Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act” amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the inclusion in gross income of Social Security benefits. It is important to note that Social Security benefits are already funded by taxes in the first place. To tax this benefit again, in order to generate more revenue for the Federal government, is nonsensical and reduces the Social Security benefit seniors ultimately receive. Under this bill, Social Security benefits would neither be taxable nor reportable on individual tax returns, thus restoring the integrity and purpose of a program that exists to provide a pension in exchange for a lifetime of payroll tax payments.
As the fastest-growing conservative seniors organization in the country, AMAC has made the issue of Social Security reform a top priority. AMAC believes the “Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act” is the first necessary and responsible step toward reform because it prevents this benefit from being overly taxed and helps mature Americans save more money for retirement. Thanks to your concern and attention for this significant issue and your commitment to practical Social Security reform, AMAC is pleased to support the “Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act.”
President and Founder of AMAC