FDNY REFUSES TO LET CORONAVIRUS EXTINGUISH BIRTHDAY SURPRISE FOR 99-YEAR-OLD QUEENS SMOKE EATER (read on...)
In the midst of one of the greatest crises New York City has seen in decades, a group of Big Apple firefighters took a well-deserved break to wish one of their finest — and oldest — a very happy birthday.
Retired smoke eater Wilbur Hutchins turned 99 on April 3rd, and members of the FDNY were determined to give him a proper celebration, even if it meant adjusting their plans to fit the rules of social distancing. So they surprised him at his house in Queens, singing and saluting him from the safety of their trucks on the street.>>>
“It was very, very emotional for a few moments because it brought back the years ago when I was a younger fireman,” said Hutchins about the heartwarming scene. “It was a real pleasant surprise.”
Organizer Ishan Scott, 46, who retired from the FDNY last year, said the gesture was equally touching for the 15 or so firefighters who took time out of their busy day to honor Hutchins.
“It was probably the easiest thing to organize, because we all know as firefighters we are constantly seeing death and all dealing with our own personal mourning, so to find something positive inspired us all to not wait.”
Hutchins started his FDNY career at at Engine 217 in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, and then moved to Engine 317 in St. Albans, Queens. In his 27 years of service, he worked to pave the way for more diversity within the profession, supporting efforts to allow women to join and being a role model as a pioneer black firefighter.
Hutchins currently lives with his wife Daisy, who is five years younger, and credits his longevity to decades of happy marriage.
“We are approaching our 49th anniversary, and we are hoping to make it to 50 next year,” said Hutchins, who has outlived three of his four children. Two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren make up the rest of the family, although they don’t live close by.
While he is looking forward to those future plans, Hutchins just tries to take things one day at a time.
“The way this world is churning right now, you’re just blessed to be here from day to day. Life never guarantees anything,” he said.
“I want to provide an update to people who receive benefits from the Social Security Administration-
The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 to generate $1,200 economic impact payments to Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019."
For more information, please visit https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/.
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The Secure Act increased the required minimum distribution (RMD) age from 70 1/2 to 72, marking the first change to the RMD age since first becoming law in 1986. The age increase will only apply to anyone born on or after July 1, 1949. Now that some taxpayers will be able to defer distributions from retirement accounts until age 72, should they? It turns out, tax-deferred growth isn’t always a no-brainer.
First, as a practical matter, many retirees can’t actually afford to hold off on using their retirement savings until they’re 72. Even for those who can wait until they reach RMD age, it might not make sense to. The ‘right’ withdrawal strategy will depend on multiple factors, which change over time along with the laws, tax code, and the individual’s personal financial situation.
Here are some of the important considerations to discuss with your financial and tax advisor as you draft a retirement income strategy.
Especially for investors who have already retired, tax planning can really pay off. If you’ve already retired and don’t need income from retirement accounts before age 72, you could be living off funds from a taxable brokerage account and perhaps Social Security, too. Depending on your finances, this could land you in some of the lowest tax brackets.
In 2020, married couples filing jointly are in the 12% marginal tax bracket until $80,250 of taxable income before progressing into the 22% rate on the next dollar of income. For couples with less than $80,000 in taxable income, they may pay no tax at all on long-term capital gains!
In this type of situation, it could be advantageous for taxpayers to consider accelerating the realization of income to ensure they’re able to take full advantage of a favorable tax bracket. With some planning, you could calculate how much to take from tax-deferred accounts to stay under the next marginal tax bracket increase (or whatever metric makes sense for your tax and financial situation).
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To all Retirees,
The following notice is to inform retirees on Medicare that your 2019 Standard Part B reimbursement from OLR (Office of Labor Relations) may not have been for the full amount you and/or spouse paid. This applies ONLY to those who were enrolled in Medicare PRIOR TO 2016. If you enrolled in Medicare in 2016 or later, the reimbursement amount
should have been accurate.
If affected, you will be required to fill out a Medicare Differential Form found in a link with this e mail. The reimbursement is scheduled for some time in the 1st quarter of 2021. Follow the instructions and return with the supporting paperwork stated in Section III of the form.
ALSO those recipients and/or spouse who are subject to IRMAA and were enrolled in Medicare prior to 2016 may not have received the full reimbursement for their standard Part B. IRMAA recipients do not need to file for the differential as long as they have submitted the IRMAA reimbursement form. When the IRMAA reimbursement is paid, (October 2020) the differential for the Standard Part B will be included. The form for IRMAA reimbursement is in the link below.
Note that if you had not filed for IRMAA reimbursement in the past but had paid IRMAA you can submit for 2018 and 2017 using the form below.
An explanation has been provided by OLR regarding this issue: As Part B premiums have increased, the amount of the increase has, at times, been more than what the social security COLA increase provided to some recipients. Had the full increase of the Part B premium been applied to all, a social security recipient could have had a net reduction in their monthly benefit.
Because of Medicare's "hold harmless” provision, the monthly increase to an individual's Part B premium could vary in order to avoid a reduction in that person's monthly Social Security benefit. This results in variable amounts being paid for Part B premiums that are specifically unique to each individual. The increase in Part B premiums could vary from $1 to $318 per person. Since, the City has no way of verifying what each person pays for their Medicare Part B premium, documentation of what an individual actually paid in Part B premiums is needed.
The UFOA offices are currently unstaffed and employees are working from home. Mailing a form to those who may request it will be delayed until the “stay at home” orders are modified.
In the interim, do you know a retiree in your area that may not have access to print these forms? Check in on them and bring copies of the form to them while keeping yourself socially distanced and protected as best as possible.
If you have questions please e mail Patrick Reynolds, Retiree Liaison at the address below.
Medicare Part B reimbursements were issued for the calendar year 2018 for Medicare-eligible retirees and
Medicare-eligible dependents in April 2019.
Any retirees who were Medicare eligible on or after calendar year 2016 are eligible for $134.00 per month
(12 months= $1,608 per each eligible person).
They receive this amount automatically.
Any retirees who were Medicare eligible prior to the calendar year 2016 must complete the Medicare Part B differential Form (see below link) and provide SSA-1099 for the calendar year 2018. Those retirees who submit this form may receive an additional amount up to $300 under the Medicare Part B differential.
This payment will be issued in Spring 2020
On July 29, 2019, the President signed into law The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. The VCF Permanent Authorization Act extends the VCF’s claim filing deadline from December 18, 2020, to October 1, 2090, and appropriates such funds as may be necessary to pay all approved claims. The VCF recognizes that claimants will have many questions about the impact of the legislation on their claims. The VCF is committed to processing claims without interruption and issuing full payments to those who received a reduced award. Additional details about the VCF Permanent Authorization Act can be found here.
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