Seniors oppose deduction cuts


A recent poll found 65 percent of Oregon AARP members strongly or somewhat oppose any proposal that would eliminate the state’s senior medical deduction, which lets any person who is 62 or older deduct their medical expenses from their state income tax bills, and 38 percent of them had claimed medical or dental expenses on their income taxes in 2011.

Expected to cost the state $151.5 million during the current budget cycle, the senior medical deduction has been the target of Democratic legislators who are looking to cut the budget and tax breaks to have more money for public education.

The AARP Oregon survey found its members were sympathetic to this request and while a majority of the seniors were opposed to cutting the deduction outright, 53 percent strongly or somewhat supported making the maximum deduction amount proportional to someone’s income and 38 percent supported raising its eligibility age.