The 4th Branch is a coalition of government employee and retiree organizations committed to leveling the playing field in North Carolina for ALL government retirees through fair taxation. Currently only retirees that were vested in a qualifying retirement system by August 12, 1989 are not taxed on their pensions.
We served in the military, federal, state or local government. We are retired teachers, firefighters, police, veterans and others you see daily. And when it comes to taxation, we are treated very differently.
For every $1 a government retiree saves in state income tax, North Carolina accrues $2.5 in economic benefits. Allowing ALL government retirees to deduct state, local or federal retirement benefits from their adjusted gross income is good policy.
We call on North Carolina's leaders to tax ALL government retirees the same - regardless of when they were vested. Honor the service of current and future retirees and encourage them to make North Carolina their retirement destination.
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