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By Andrew Leckey | October 19, 2008
Q: What kind of deduction can you take for donating stock to a charity? - M.I., via the Internet A: If the stock has increased in value since you bought it, you can avoid paying capital gains tax by donating it. If the security is being donated to a charitable organization, the total amount will still be eligible for a tax deduction based on the fair market value of the stock. "There's an advantage to donating stock instead of cash so long as it is a stock you've owned for a year or more and you have a gain," said Mike Busch of Vogel Financial Advisors.
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BUSINESS
July 17, 2005
Q: An 87-year-old owner of a $72 ground rent on property in Baltimore writes that she has received "much mail" about the ground rent from the city's Real Estate Department during "the last year or so." She complains that she has "not collected any ground rent or been paid for my ground rent" and asks me to review some of the papers the city sent her and advise if the city's actions are legal. A: The reason you haven't been receiving ground rent is that the city acquired title and possession to your property months ago by a court proceeding.
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By MIKE FARABAUGH and MIKE FARABAUGH,SUN STAFF | December 26, 1999
A Westminster businessman is suing a competing outdoor advertising company, alleging he was medically incompetent to conduct business last year when he sold 96 billboards for $2.1 million, a price he contends was well under the fair market value.In a civil lawsuit filed last week in Carroll County Circuit Court, plaintiff Scott S. Bair, owner of Bair Outdoor Advertising Co., asked the court to rescind his contract with PNE Media LLC of Union, N.J. Bair contends that PNE pressured him to sell.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | March 21, 2002
City officials said yesterday that they have drafted a contract that would charge the Baltimore Ravens $125,000 a year to lease the team's city-owned training site -- up from $1 a year. City Solicitor Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr. said the Ravens have agreed verbally to the deal but have not signed the two-year lease. The team will likely use the Owings Mills site until they construct a proposed facility in that area, he said. "We'll see if they sign it or not," he said. Ravens owner David Modell could not be reached for comment.
BUSINESS
March 20, 1998
Members of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants are answering readers' tax questions through April 15.Q: Last year I donated some stock to a charity. How do I claim that on my 1040 form?A: Contributions of noncash assets to charity are deducted on Form 1040, Schedule A, line 16. Generally, the amount of the contribution you will be entitled to deduct will equal the fair market value of the stock as of the contribution date. However, if the stock has appreciated, certain additional restrictions will apply.
NEWS
By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER | August 9, 2006
A six-member jury is expected to determine this week the amount of money that the Howard County school system must pay a developer to use his land for an Ellicott City elementary school. Monday's opening of the trial, including a tour of the site by the jury, was the latest step in a drawn-out dispute between the school system and J. Chris Pippen, who owns 1.3 acres on Montgomery Road across from Long Gate shopping center. The school system wanted to purchase the land from Pippen to provide an access road to the school, which is scheduled to open in August 2007.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2013
Boarded-up and falling down, hundreds of Baltimore's vacant and blighted rowhouses are scheduled for demolition in coming months in a stepped-up effort to rid the city of its most visible sign of decades of urban decay. Over the next 21/2 years, the city is budgeted to spend nearly $22 million to tear down 1,500 abandoned houses - a move urban planners say could transform Baltimore visually and clear a path for struggling neighborhoods to attract future development. Previously, the city had been spending about $2.5 million a year on demolition.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | October 5, 2009
Sheila Horsey used to leave her South Baltimore home at dawn and board the first of four buses with her young daughter. The pair rode two buses together to the 9-year-old's school, and Horsey took two more buses to her job near Druid Hill Park. The end of the day meant four more buses. Grocery shopping was limited to what she could carry on the bus and, without a family car, the child could not join many activities. A 1996 Honda Civic, which Horsey acquired through Vehicles for Change, a nonprofit business in Halethorpe that refurbishes clunkers and doles them out to low-income families, has made life "a lot better and easier," she said.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | April 28, 2004
Villa Julie College has been talking with Baltimore officials about buying the city-owned facility where the Ravens practice after the pro football team moves to new quarters, city and school officials said yesterday. Discussions have been going on for about a year and formal negotiations are expected to begin soon, officials said. Comptroller Joan M. Pratt said the city recently told school officials what it believes is the fair-market value of the 40-acre site in Owings Mills: about $6 million.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
French energy firm Electricite de France outlined an exit strategy Tuesday from its stake in three of Exelon's nuclear power plants, including Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland. Both companies disclosed that EDF has an option to sell its 49.99 percent stake in Constellation Energy Nuclear Group to Exelon - which owns the rest - for fair market value between 2016 and 2022. Constellation, bought by Exelon last year, also worked out a deal with EDF to transfer the power plants' licenses to its parent.
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