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 1)  Georgia Retired Military Income Tax Exemption

 2)  Georgia Covid-19 Information 

 3)  Georgia Dept of Veterans Service

 

  • Slide 13 of 51: > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 265 per 100,000 people -- 9th lowest (total: 4,645) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 5 per 100,000 people -- 7th lowest (total: 90) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 80,060 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 - June 24: 31.2% -- 4th biggest increase (from 3,540 to 4,645) > Est. peak date: 3/25/2020 (est. 301 active infections) > Population: 1,754,208 Idaho is in phase 4 of reopening. As of June 13, gatherings of more than 50 people will be allowed where social distancing can be practiced. Nonessential travel is permitted to locations without ongoing transmission of the virus. Bars and movie theaters can reopen if they meet safety protocols, and nightclubs and large venues can open with limited standing-room capacity. Restaurants can allow more than six people at one table. Employees can return to offices if they practice social distancing. The state still encourages face mask use and maintaining 6 feet of distance from others in public. Phase 4 is scheduled to end on June 26, after which the state is supposed to enter the Idaho Rebounds Plan. It's unclear if this will happen due to an increase in coronavirus infections. ALSO READ: 30 Popular Restaurants That Won’t Reopen After the PandemicSlide 51 of 51: > Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of June 25: 222 per 100,000 people -- 7th lowest (total: 1,282) > COVID-19-related deaths as of June 25: 3 per 100,000 people -- 4th lowest (total: 20) > Total tests administered as of June 25: 40,154 > Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, June 17 - June 24: 17.7% -- 14th biggest increase (from 1,089 to 1,282) > Est. peak date: 5/6/2020 (est. 94 active infections) > Population: 577,737 Outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people have been allowed since June 1, but people must practice social distancing. Indoor gatherings of up to 250 people are now allowed as well. Schools, community colleges, the University of Wyoming and other educational institutions can resume in-person instruction, but fitness classes cannot be of no more than 50 people. Child care facilities resumed normal operations with unlimited class sizes on June 15. Fitness class limit is now 50 people. Personal care services no longer have to operate by appointment only. Long-term care facilities can now resume outdoor, in-person visitation under specific health guidelines. ALSO READ: States Where the Virus Is Growing the Fastest Right Now

 

1)  Georgia Tax Exemption Info

NOTE: A Coaliton of One of Veterans Service Organizations is in the preliminary stages of formulating.  Info to follow as available. If successful, this will provide a larger "voice" of Georgia Veterans on various military legislative issues!

Tax Update: The Status of 5 Key States

By: Amanda Dolasinski

JULY 28, 2020

READ Georgia MOAA President COL Paul Wingo USA (Ret) interview below!

Is your state still fully taxing retirement pay? MOAA National serves in an advisory capacity for state-specific issues such as income tax exemption. Please contact your local MOAA council as state legislation must originate at the state level.

Advocates in two states have pledged to keep pushing to exempt military retiree pay from state income tax after the COVID-19 pandemic halted efforts.

Proposed legislation in Vermont, where military retiree pay is fully taxed at the state level, would have provided a full tax exemption. In Georgia, a lawmaker proposed a bill that would offer a phased-in exemption.

[NEWLY UPDATED: MOAA’s Military State Report Card and Tax Guide]

Legislation on exemptions in both states stalled when lawmakers ended sessions early to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

In Vermont, state Rep. Daniel Noyes was able to get legislation for an exemption introduced by pegging it as an economic development strategy.

Noyes said the exemption, although decreasing state revenue, likely would have an overall benefit for the state because it would attract people who will spend money. It will also shore up the state’s aging workforce, which has been a challenged to fill emergency responder and firefighter jobs.

“Veterans are skilled workers who typically look for other employment opportunities after the military,” Noyes said. “This cohort of individuals coming out of the military is the kind of people we’d love to see immigrate to Vermont.”

There are about 3,900 military retirees eligible for a pension in Vermont. The average pension in Vermont is about $22,300, and state income tax can take up to 4%.

Vermont is one of the few states that doesn’t have a tax break for military retiree pay. The proposed move from full taxation to full exemption would mirror actions taken by North Dakota, which made the change starting with the 2019 tax year.

Georgia Bill Update

Meanwhile in Georgia, lawmakers proposed two bills in an effort to give military retirees a tax break. The first, which may not be reintroduced, would grant a full, immediate exemption, while the second would phase in an exemption over 10 years.

State Sen. Zahra Karinshak sent a bill that would grant the full exemption, which was originally introduced in the 2019 legislative session, to the Department of Audit and Accounts for review. She has not said if she will refile the bill.

That bill could result in state revenue loss of $80.5 million to $131.5 million, with retroactive pay from Jan. 1, 2019, according to fiscal researchers.

In a similar bill, an exemption would be phased in by 10% starting at age 50 and increasing 10% until age 59, when retirees would receive 100% exemption.

Col. Paul Wingo, USA (Ret), President of MOAA’s Georgia Council of Chapters, said every MOAA chapter in the state has been actively pursuing lawmakers to approve the exemption. Coronavirus wrinkled their efforts, but they will keep going, he said.

“I have been reassured by my particular senator it will be reintroduced next year,” he said. “We’re confident it will still be on the table.”

Georgia is home to about 91,262 military retirees, according to a report. About 55% of those retirees were age 62 or older and already subject to a tax exclusion that is granted for all Georgia taxpayers in that age range.

Wingo said a plethora of Georgia’s jobs are near bordering states Alabama and Florida, which are appealing to veterans because of breaks on income tax. Offering an exemption on state income tax would entice more veterans to choose Georgia, he said. And, just like Vermont, Georgia is looking for educated, talented people to bolster its workforce, especially in classrooms, hospitals, and airports.

“All the states around us have exemptions, so we’re trying to convince (legislators),” Wingo said. “We know the revenue the state would normally receive would be overcome by the number of soldiers retiring that we can keep.”

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2) Georgia Corona Information:

New executive order paves way for long-term care facility visits

The new COVID-19 executive order by Gov. Kemp sets up a three-tiered plan to allow long-term care facility visitors. 

ATLANTA - Gov. Brian Kemp opens the door for people to visit their loved ones living in Georgia nursing homes.

The governor's new COVID-19 executive order sets up a three-tiered plan to allow long-term care facility visitors. The phases are based on a number of criteria, including testing rates, case numbers, and things like community spread. 

In facilities struggling with the coronavirus, family members will only be allowed to visit residents in end-of-life situations.  Phase two opens up outside visitation, with phase three allowing indoor ones as well.

Know how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting Georgia

Kemp banned all long-term care facilities from allowing guests in an attempt to protect the resident, many of whom are at greater risk from the virus. The new order is designed to let people spend time with their loved ones, especially during the final hours.

 

LATEST GEORGIA FIGURES (updated Sept. 25, 3 p.m.): Deaths: 6,874 | Confirmed cases: 312,514 | More detail here

 

The AJC is covering the coronavirus outbreak with a focus on what it means to Atlanta and Georgia. Follow AJC for news updates, health information and helpful resources.

 

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When Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center in Cuthbert announced it would cease operations, it had an average daily census of no more than four inpatients yet several dozen employees.  (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

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EDUCATION

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Nashville-based Hospital Corporation of America operates several hospitals in Georgia.  It made hundreds of millions of dollars in profit from the CARES Act. (AP Photo/John Russell)

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3)  Georgia Dept of Veterans Service to Reopen for In-Person Services by Appointment on June 15

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS) will resume in-person visits at Veterans Field Service Offices on Monday, June 15, 2020 by appointment only.

“While our staff continued to assist veterans and their families electronically or via telephone during the outbreak of COVID-19, we temporarily suspended in-person services in March,” said GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby. “To protect the safety of our employees and visitors, we made necessary changes to our procedures. I am pleased that with these changes, we will be able reopen to scheduled in-person visits with veterans on June 15.”

To schedule an appointment, veterans should contact their local Veterans Field Service Office. A full listing of our field offices and their contact information is available at https://veterans.georgia.gov/field-offices.

Visitors will be asked screening questions upon arrival to their scheduled appointment. Please note that visitors are asked to wear a facemask when visiting one of our offices. Visitors should observe social distancing guidelines while in our waiting areas and while speaking with field service officers.

 

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