From the desk of PEF President Wayne Spence
PEF Leaders and Members: As you begin preparations to file your 2018 tax returns we want to remind you that beginning this year, union members in New York State can deduct their union dues from their state income taxes, as long as they itemize deductions on their state taxes. It is important to point out that taxpayers can now itemize deductions on their state taxes even if they don’t itemize on their federal taxes.
Two years ago, I along with PEF legislative staff and the support of the New York State AFL-CIO, led the charge for passage of a bill to allow union dues deductions. As a result of our efforts and that of organized labor in New York State, we were successful in getting this legislation passed and signed into law by Governor Cuomo, who said he recognized the importance of unions to the overall well-being of the state.
Please share this information with union members. It’s important for our members to know that when they pay their dues, which keeps us strong in the face of continued attacks on organized labor, they can now deduct those dues when they itemize their state tax deductions.