Don’t take PEF for granted
To the Editor:
I am really writing this to my dear union brothers and sisters.
I retired from NY state service in 2012. I am still grateful to my union for the benefits that I received as a worker and now as a retiree.
I have recounted to numerous friends how my union saved my job and that of others early in my career by negotiating with the state to institute a lagged-pay program for a specified period of time. Not only was my job saved, but when I retired I received back the money. Even though it was technically my money, it felt like a bonus,. a going-away present.
Perhaps state workers who do not want to pay dues think they are outwitting their union, but in reality they are shortsighted and, unfortunately, are taking something very important for granted.
Thank you, again, PEF. And good luck, PEF leaders, as your new term of office starts.
Wants tax issue investigated
To the Editor:
Congressman Paul Tonko’s office has contacted me about a tax penalty abatement problem that my wife and I experienced after we missed paying our taxes by the deadline because of urgent family medical issues.
I pointed out that a constitutional issue is involved here because the president is required to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. In failing to notify us and other taxpayers of our right to appeal a denial of tax penalty abatement, as specified in IRS written rules, they abridged our rights as taxpayers.
Therefore, I feel they violated the spirit of the law that requires them to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. This is a problem that needs to be investigated, because the decision to abridge our rights was, in fact, a decision to create a new class of people who do not enjoy the full protection of the law.
I believe this was a policy decision taken at the level of the president, rather than merely a bureaucratic decision.
I will fill out forms, as soon as I receive them, authorizing Rep. Tonko to open an inquiry and perhaps call senior Treasury Department and White House officials to testify about this problem.
This is an issue that clearly is relevant to other members and retirees of the union who may have neglected to pay estimated taxes while battling major illnesses. I think you should bring this to the attention of the members so they can be added as complainants to any action Congress may take to enforce the rights of aggrieved taxpayers.
ROBERT L. FISHER
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