SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wants to give more benefits to people living in the country illegally as lawmakers in the state Senate advanced a $214 billion spending proposal Wednesday that...
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials say a big increase in individual income tax payments helped boost the state's overall tax collections by 24% in April.
BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A Jackson man is charged with cashing counterfeit Mississippi state government checks.
State Auditor Shad White said Wednesday in a statement that 36-year-old Gregory...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina law meant to help the government collect debt is being used by hospitals to seize the tax refunds of people with unpaid medical bills.
$23M of Louisiana’s double-paid tax refunds recovered
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than $23 million of the tax refund overpayments Louisiana made in March have been recovered.
State revenue department spokesman Byron Henderson said Monday that...
Law lets some hospitals seize tax refunds
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina law originally written to help state and local governments collect debts is being used by some state hospitals to seize tax refunds from people with...
NY comptroller sees big jump in bogus state tax refunds
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's comptroller is reporting a big increase in the number of questionable or fraudulent state tax refunds this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the IRS, who is overseeing the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code in three decades, says the $2,833 average refund in this year's tax-filing season worked...
Liz Weston: Your 401(k) just got more valuable
If your tax refund this year was disappointing, you may be able to do something about it: Contribute more to a retirement fund.
Tax-deductible contributions to 401(k)s, IRAs and other...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drivers who have unpaid traffic camera tickets are challenging the state of Iowa's ability to seize part of their tax refunds to collect the money.
DETROIT (AP) — Residents who were wrongly accused of defrauding Michigan's unemployment program won a major ruling Friday as the state Supreme Court set a favorable deadline for people to sue over...
How your tax refund could improve your credit
Money can't buy you a good credit score, but you might be able to use your income tax refund strategically to polish your credit. How to go about it depends on where you are in your credit...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are making sure that a sales tax refund and exemption includes the commercial production of maple syrup and honey.
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...
- Sioux City Journal4 places you have to check for missing moneyMay 19, 2019
- Columbus TelegramStill waiting on your tax refund? 3 reasons it could be delayedApril 30, 2019
- Columbus TelegramShould you use your tax refund to pay down your student loans?April 25, 2019
- The Washington TimesAverage tax refund jumps to $3,100, dents Democrat claims of tax cut trickeryMarch 1, 2019
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.
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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.
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.
At issue is a 100-percent Freeport exemption local voters approved as an economic development incentive. It eliminates the property tax on inventory in the process of being manufactured or shipped out to market.
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.
The volunteers have been available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide free service to taxpayers who qualify.
(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.
Chief Justin Mochar asked Irwin Council to adopt an ordinance under Act 172 that would allow the borough to offer property tax rebates of 20 percent on owner-occupied homes and an earned income tax refund for active volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel.
SIOUX CITY | A developer is planning to build 50 condos in Morningside just south of Southern Hills Drive.
The $5.3 million project proposed by the Sergeant Bluff-based development company Aftershock Ventures would add the new housing at 4800 Southern Hills Drive, just to the south of the Candlewood Suites Sioux City - Southern Hills and to the east of Quality Inn & Suites.