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Don’t take benefits on loss of spouse

Don’t take benefits on loss of spouse

Raymond Charles Jacobs, Schenectady


The government says we, the over-the-hill group, have some pull. I hope that’s true. We’ve all gone through a year with an administration that said it was fixing the tax codes for middle Americans. That remains to be seen. I don’t hear a thing about how they will help the widows and widowers. We now get it stuck to us. 

Due to the loss of our life partner, which we had no say in, we’re stripped of Social Security, a tax deduction and possibly a pension because we are now classified as “single.” 

Some of us are paying what we did 40-plus years ago by being taxed as single. It’s not our fault, but the government is taking from us a great deal of the money we need to live on. I’m not eating cat food yet.

Social Security gets cut also, because we lost our life partner, who each of us helped and depended on with our monetary and everyday needs. That money is now taken away.

Our representatives have salaries and retirement benefits that are probably at least eight times more than a middle class retired person’s. I’m convinced they don’t pay taxes, as we the common folk do, due to their loopholes.

We are widows and widowers who believe we should get a break from the single tax — maybe 50 percent less tax — because we previously were married. Most of us who can get out do vote.

Raymond Charles Jacobs


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