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OHA aims to rebuild trust after withholding alcohol tax report – KOIN.com

Portland, Oregon (light seal) — At Friday’s task force meeting, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) said it is prioritizing restoring community trust after previously hiding reports from the public. The report states that increasing taxes will not curb abusive drinking, contradicting OHA’s previous efforts to increase taxes. Overall, the report also found that higher taxes […]

H&R Block used deceptive ads, deleted tax data: FTC

The Federal Trade Commission announced Friday that it had filed a complaint. H&R Block accused of deceptive marketing Online tax preparation software is free, but for many consumers it is not. The FTC also alleged that the company removed consumers’ tax data and required them to contact customer service when downgrading to a more affordable […]

Judge rejects Chicago measure to raise luxury tax, fund homeless services

A Cook County judge has rejected a Chicago ballot measure that would have raised a one-time tax on luxury properties to fund homeless services after opposition from real estate and business groups. Friday’s ruling by Judge Kathleen Burke came as early voting for the March 19 Illinois primary has already begun. Tax measures will appear […]

IRS to open its free tax filing site to more new users – ABC News

As tax filing season begins, taxpayers in some states will have a new way to file online “within days,” the IRS announced this week. direct fileA free site for filing federal tax returns directly through the IRS opens for new users. 12 states The IRS said it was provided for an unspecified period of time […]

Maryland property tax assessment error could cost $250M

The Maryland General Assembly is considering a legislative solution to address the problem of missed deadlines for mailing property tax assessments, a mistake that affected approximately 107,000 notices and resulted in no action being taken. The move could cost local governments about $250 million over three years, state officials said Thursday. Every year, Maryland reassesses […]

West Virginia House passes Social Security tax phaseout

The Republican-led West Virginia House of Representatives voted Thursday in favor of a bill that would phase out state taxes on Social Security benefits. If signed into law, the bill would retroactively reduce this year’s tax by 35%, next year’s tax by 65%, and be completely repealed in 2026. The phaseout was a key topic […]

Mets’ looming talks with Francisco Alvarex have luxury tax problems

The Mets are expected to discuss a long-term contract with Francisco Alvarez and his agent Bad Bunny at some point. But unless Alvarez wants to sign him very cheaply (which is unlikely), it’s hard for teams above the luxury tax tier 4 threshold to do anything long-term early. Francisco Alvarez could talk about a long-term […]

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