2001-02-03 / Letters

Cheap Stunt By Weiner?

Cheap Stunt By Weiner?

Dear Editor;

With "Seniors To Get Tax Break" (Wave, August 5, 2000), our Congressman, Anthony D. Weiner, announced the passage of the Social Security Benefits Relief Act of 2000, a law enacted to reduce from the present 85 percent to 50 percent the taxable portion of Social Security benefits, if any.

It was a good law and, as a senior, I personally applauded him for being one of the sponsors. The seniors will always appreciate all the financial breaks that they can get.

A few days ago I received the IRS instruction booklet. The 85 percent tax rule is still in effect for the tax year 2000.

I promptly called Mr. Weiner’s office for a clarification, but could not get to first place. She, the receptionist, I guess, could not give the answer. She gave the call to someone else and again no appropriated answer. At that point it was clear to me they were not aware of the article or the law so I decided to fax them the article, with a request for a reply. A few days later I called the office again, but the only answer was a promise of a call back. I am still waiting for it.

It is a shame that an office sustained with our tax money does not have an answer to a question of their concern. Was the Social Security Benefits Relief Act of 2000, enacted last August, for the tax year 2000 or was it for the coming years?

Or was it a stunt by Mr. Weiner for his reelection? If it was for election purposes, it was a cheap stunt that the seniors will never forget or forgive him. Until next time, Ciao.

ANGELO GUARINO


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