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New York To Issue Tax Refunds For Same Sex Couples

25 July 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York will issue estate tax refunds to those taxpayers who file amended returns as a result of the recent Supreme Court ruling that deemed DOMA unconstitutional.

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Louisiana To Offer ‘Fresh Start’ Tax Amnesty Program

24 July 2013

As Louisiana looks for ways to patch its budget, it falls back on Gov. Jindal’s plan to offer amnesty. The plan, which was passed by the Legislature, calls for staggered tax amnesty beginning this fall.

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Get Ready To Shop: State Sales Tax Holidays Are Back!

17 July 2013

State sales tax holidays are back just in time for back to school shopping.

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Another Town Hit With Property Tax Snafu

16 July 2013

Residents of Bel Air, Maryland, may be checking their mailboxes quite a bit this time of year looking for property tax bills. Officials have advised that all of the 4,300 property tax account bills for the town were subject to delays this month due to problems processing and mailing the bills. The bills typically show […]

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The Check’s Not In The Mail: Post Office Loses Tax Bills For Entire Town

11 June 2013

The Town of Mount Kisco in New York was recently advised by the Postmaster of Mount Kisco branch of the U.S. Post Office that all of the 2013 property tax bills that were mailed out by the Town on May 31, 2013, have gone missing. Yes, all of them. As difficult as it is to […]

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Can We Tax Our Way Out Of Tragedy?

9 June 2013

On Wednesday, a colleague in Center City Skyped the office: A building collapsed on 22nd market! 22nd and Market is close to pretty much everything in Philadelphia. For purposes of orientation, Philadelphia is laid out in a grid. Market Street is the ‘halfway point’ in the north-south divide. If you drew a line straight down […]

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As Strip Clubs Pocket Tax Dollars, Lawmakers Target Tax Credits

4 June 2013

When it comes to tax incentives, Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) wants to take it off… as in all off… for two strip clubs in California. Sen. Hill has introduced legislation in the Golden State to put an end to a “loophole” that allows certain businesses to take advantage of a tax break meant to […]

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Retailer Target Jumps The Gun On Sales Tax

2 May 2013

Usually, companies land themselves in hot water with taxing authorities for waiting too late to take action. But it’s actually possible to get into trouble for acting too quickly. Just ask retailing giant Target: a Target store found itself under the microscope in South Carolina for allegedly implementing a new sales tax a month early. […]

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Which State Pays Most In Gas Taxes?

29 April 2013

Former GM exec Bob Lutz acknowledged that Americans wouldn’t embrace an increase to the federal gas tax – and he was right. There was a lot of reaction to my piece yesterday on Lutz’ recommendation that the federal gas tax be raised in 25 cent increments until gas prices reached $6 or $7 per gallon […]

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As Many Celebrate 4/20, Feds Still Won’t Budge on Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana

20 April 2013

Today is April 20 or 4/20. If I get a blank stare with that proclamation, then you’re among the millions of Americans who are outside of counterculture. You see, 420 is famously (or infamously, depending on who you ask) associated with the celebration of marijuana. While there are dozens of theories about how the date […]

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