Alabama bill would allow tax refunds to fund border wall
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabamians would be able to donate part of their state income tax refunds to help build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a bill the state Senate advanced...
Lawmakers seek ballot question on roads, schools funding
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic House speaker said Wednesday she wants to ask voters this November if the state government can keep excess tax revenue to spend in future years on underfunded...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has recovered more than $22 million of tax refund overpayments made last week, the revenue department said Wednesday.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents will be receiving checks in the mail from the state, not tax refunds, but other unclaimed property dollars collected by the...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials say they expect to retrieve the "vast majority" of $26 million in tax refund overpayments electronically.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — About 66,000 Louisiana taxpayers were double-paid their state tax refunds, $26 million in overpayments the state is working to claw back.
Parson says lawmakers are ‘grandstanding’ on tax mistake
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is accusing state lawmakers of "grandstanding" by holding numerous hearings to discuss a tax refund problem caused in part by a mistake on...
US Rep. Larson seeks public input about Republican tax law
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Larson is hosting a public forum to talk with residents about the effects of the Republican-written tax law.
The Connecticut Democrat says as average tax refunds fall, he wants to hear from constituents. The forum is planned for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the Lincoln Center in Manchester, Connecticut.
Average tax refunds fall, creating political flashpoint
WASHINGTON (AP) — The average tax refund and the total amount of refunds issued declined for the second straight week, potentially intensifying a political flashpoint seized by Democrats as proof that the Republican-written tax law hurts the middle class.
The average refund in the second week of the filing season ended Feb. 8 was $1,949, down 8.7 percent from $2,135 a year earlier, according to IRS data released Thursday.
Even with IRS staffers returning, tax refunds may be delayed
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS' workforce will return to full strength under the short-term deal to reopen the government struck Friday by President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. But the disruption from the partial shutdown and the recent absence of a large contingent of recalled IRS employees mean the possibility of delayed tax refunds.
49ers to get $36 million tax refund for Levi’s Stadium
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers will receive a $36 million refund from Santa Clara County after getting the tax on Levi's Stadium cut in half.
Administration: Government shutdown won’t delay tax refunds
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers who are owed refunds will be paid on time, despite the government shutdown that has closed many federal agencies, a Trump administration official said Monday as concern mounted over the risk that the payments could be delayed.
The Latest: Democrats plan to pass a bill funding Treasury
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on meetings between congressional aides and White House officials about the partial government shutdown (all times local):
As government shutdown talks remain at an impasse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says House Democrats plan to start approving individual bills to reopen shuttered departments.
Pelosi said Saturday that they would start with Treasury to ensure Americans receive their tax refunds on schedule.
State loses key ruling in lawsuit over bogus jobless fraud
DETROIT (AP) — A lawsuit can move forward over how Michigan bungled unemployment fraud cases.
A federal appeals court on Thursday says state officials who worked at the department that oversees jobless benefits can be sued.
During the Snyder administration, a computer system with no human supervision accused thousands of people of fraud. Tax refunds were seized, and the accused were hit with penalties and fines. They sued, claiming their due process rights were violated, among other allegations.
Man sentenced in scheme with ties to Puerto Rico, Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to more than four years and prison for a tax refund scheme that stretched from Puerto Rico to Wisconsin.
Federal authorities say 33-year-old Deily Veras, of Newark, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to theft of government money. Authorities say he fraudulently obtained more than $2.7 million from the Internal Revenue Service.
3 members of Vegas family plead guilty in tax-refunds case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Three Las Vegas family members have pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal more than $2 million in tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service.
Chanh V. Trinh, Cannedy Trinh and Elizabeth Trinh each pleaded guilty this week to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States by fraudulently obtaining the payment of income tax refunds and Chanh Trinh also pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft involving the use of his deceased brother's identity.
Tax preparer gets prison term for fraudulent returns
PORT MURRAY, N.J. (AP) — A northwestern New Jersey tax preparer who admitted creating fictitious debts for his clients and fraudulently collected payments from them has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison.
The IRS says Brian Allen Day received a 32-month sentence. The 56-year-old Port Murray also must pay nearly $500,000 in restitution — most to the IRS and the rest to his victims.
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Judge says Ohio suburb owes residents $13 million tax refund
GAHANNA, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ordered a suburb of Ohio's capital to repay $13.2 million for income tax overpayments collected from thousands of residents over several years.
The Columbus suburb of Gahanna isn't disputing the calculated total in Wednesday's ruling by a Franklin County judge, but a city spokeswoman says it plans to appeal other issues in the case.
Virginia governor proposes tax refund for working families
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday outlined a proposal to use extra state revenue from federal tax cuts to give a tax break to low- and moderate-income families.
Northam said he wants to make the earned-income tax credit fully refundable, which he said could mean a windfall of "several hundred dollars" for up to 400,000 families in Virginia.
Northam outlined his proposal to reporters Friday, ahead of a speech to state legislative committees next week.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, more college students could soon head to Puerto Rico to help the island recover from last year's hurricane.
Meanwhile, state auditors have stopped more than 10,000 state tax refunds after finding mistakes. The errors included incorrect information or questionable Social Security numbers.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing Michigan residents to designate part of their state income tax refund to help finance a proposed World War II memorial in a Detroit suburb.
The Royal Oak memorial has been added to the list of organizations and efforts that residents can donate their income tax returns toward using check-off boxes, according to state Sen. Marty Knollenberg.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to fraud and identity theft in a scheme that used tax information from Glastonbury public school employees to claim tax refunds totaling nearly $600,000.
The scheme tricked an employee into providing copies of W-2 information for 1,600 district employees that were used to file false tax returns.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's continuing economic growth could generate about $1 billion in new state revenue for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2019.
The Denver Post reported Wednesday that the extra revenue could produce a $148 million tax refund in 2020 under the constitutional Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. That's according to a quarterly legislative economic forecast.
MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A Maine town has voted to approve a tax break program for local farmers.
Under the voluntary farming program, up to 3 percent of Monmouth's taxable land could be eligible for a 75 percent tax refund over the next few years. The Portland Press Herald reports the land must be used for farming and owners must commit to preserving it for 20 years.
South Dakota landowners sue county for tax refund
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Some South Dakota property owners who have been overtaxed recently are suing a northern county to claim a larger refund than offered by commissioners.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State finance officials say collections to Oklahoma's main operating fund exceeded the monthly estimate by nearly 20 percent, a jump attributed largely to continued economic recovery.
The Office of Management and Enterprise Services reported Tuesday that collections to the General Revenue Fund in May totaled nearly $500 million, about $82 million more than expected.
Voluntary tax refund contributions tick upwards
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The number of Virginians giving contributions to nonprofits with their tax refunds ticked upward in 2016 after several years of decline.
A new report from Tax Commissioner Craig Burns says 12,404 Virginia taxpayers donated nearly $370,000 to various nonprofit groups in 2016. That's up slightly from 2015.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas finance officials say a higher than expected amount of tax refunds paid out kept the state's revenue in April below forecast and below the same month last year.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With tax day approaching, New York's comptroller says his office has already stopped more than $24 million in questionable or fraudulent personal income tax refunds.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says many taxpayers claimed refundable credits based on incorrect information like an inflated number of dependents or understated income.
Auditors this year stopped $3.3 million worth of refunds that were linked to tax preparers filing false returns.
More than two dozen local industries will share in a $1.1 million tax refund that will come out of the Rome, Floyd County and school board coffers.
AARP Tax-Aide still accepting people who need help filing 2017 taxes
BULLHEAD CITY — The April 17 deadline for filing 2017 federal and Arizona state income tax returns is only a week away. AARP Tax-Aide in Bullhead City will be available until the deadline.
(SPM Wire) — Anyone expecting a refund this year on their tax filings? Here are three smart ways to use that cash influx.
Whether funneling the money into a retirement fund, a college savings account or setting it aside for a rainy day, it is always smart to turn a tax refund into savings.
The April 17 tax filing deadline quickly is approaching. While many are excited about the possibility of a tax refund, nearly 1 in 3 taxpayers waits until April to file their return.
Here are some tips to help make the final stretch of the tax season less daunting.
Irwin fire chief asks council to offer tax rebates, refunds to volunteers
Irwin's fire chief wants the same tax breaks firefighters in North Huntingdon will receive under a state law, but with a twist.
SIOUX CITY | A developer is planning to build 50 condos in Morningside just south of Southern Hills Drive.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man recently released from federal prison has been rearrested in Louisiana on charges he fraudulently obtained more than $171,000 in state income tax refunds, mostly while he was incarcerated.
John Michael McConnell, 39, was arrested Friday on charges of theft and filing or maintaining false public records, the state Department of Revenue said in a news release Tuesday.
It's that time of year again when you may find a little bit of extra money in your pocket, thanks to your annual tax refund. There are plenty of practical ways to spend it, such as putting it toward paying off credit cards, loan payments or even starting a college fund, but there is always something tempting about taking that money and putting it toward something just a little bit more fun.
Project yourself forward in time. It's April 2018. Your direct deposit tax refund just hit your bank account. You're feeling on top of the world. You think to yourself, "Maybe I should treat myself to a nice steak dinner..." Snap out of it! Your refund doesn't automatically make you a millionaire. Instead of buying a new wardrobe or enjoying a night of fine dining, think about the best ways to make that money work for you.
Health insurer says it will use tax refunds for members
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's largest health insurer says it will be using $150 million in refunds from the federal tax overhaul for its members.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield also announced Wednesday that it will be spending an additional $125 million over five years on health initiatives.
Liz Weston: When a tax refund is a lifeline, not a windfall
The typical advice about what people should do with their tax refunds — save for retirement! pay off debt! — ignores how little wiggle room many families have with their finances.
Tax refunds averaged $2,895 last year, and were the largest single cash infusion received all year by 40 percent of the checking account holders recently studied by the JPMorgan Chase Institute. Research shows:
Official warns of tax return fraud, scams as deadline nears
JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois prosecutor is warning the public about identity theft and other scams associated with April's tax deadline.
The Southern Illinoisan reports Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds says tax return fraud has been reported in the county.
Police: 3 charged in slaying of woman in attempted robbery
WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two men and a woman have been charged in the shooting death of a woman near Pittsburgh that authorities allege occurred during an attempted robbery.
Emergency responders found 27-year-old Keiauna Davis with a gunshot wound shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday in Wilkinsburg. Allegheny County homicide investigators say she had been approached by two men in a vehicle in an apparent robbery attempt and was hit by gunfire.
New York income tax refund information available online
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials are reminding taxpayers they can check their state refund status online.
Filers can get the information by entering the refund amount they're claiming, Social Security number and the form they filed in the "Check your Refund" tool on the state Department of Taxation and Finance web site.
The department also provides the information through an automated phone line at (518)-457-5149.
Little Tiffany won’t get a hampster because mom needs the money for groceries: A Greater Cleveland
Little Tiffany won't get a hampster because mom needs the money for groceries: A Greater Cleveland
Man gets prison in identity theft tax refund scheme
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been sentenced to 4½ years in prison for his role in a scheme that used large-scale identity theft to obtain millions of dollars in tax refunds.
Federal prosecutors say 47-year-old Karen Pogosian of Sun Valley was also ordered Monday to pay $277,617 to the Internal Revenue Service.
Pogosian pleaded guilty in September to one count each of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Ask Brianna: What if I really, really need my tax refund?
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Q: I really need my tax refund, to cover bills and pay down debt. How can I get it as fast as possible?
Alabama offering facial recognition ID for tax refunds
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's revenue agency is using a new identity protection system to help prevent the theft of tax refunds.
The Alabama Department of Revenue is implementing a program called eID. It's an application using facial recognition software to compare cellphone selfies against photos in the state's driver license database.