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Jamie Smith Hopkins | June 6, 2013
Worried about your air conditioner getting through the summer? See if Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. rebates could help with a tune-up or replacement. BGE said today that customers buying new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems can qualify for a rebate of as much as $1,150 if they choose high-efficiency options. BGE says it also offers a $100 rebate for residents bringing in a contractor to ensure their AC is operating as well as it can. The contractor must participate in the BGE Cooling Efficiency Improvement Program . The utility offers rebates for other items , too, including refrigerators and washers.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | April 17, 2014
Baltimore Gas & Electric CEO Calvin Butler Jr. and U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan joined Towson University officials Thursday afternoon to mark the school's participation in the Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge and present the school a $1.7 million rebate check from BGE for past efficiencies. "Towson is a leader not just here in Maryland, but across the country, and our exciting announcement today is just another example of how this great university is setting the standard for other educational institutions and commercial and business customers around the world," Butler said during a press conference in front of the LEED-Gold certified West Village Commons building on Towson's campus.
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BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com | December 12, 2009
Marylanders who wait until March to switch to certain energy-efficient electric water heaters, refrigerators and clothes washers will be eligible for a federal "cash for appliances" rebate, according to the Maryland Energy Administration. The U.S. Department of Energy approved Maryland's proposal for the energy-efficient appliances rebate program Thursday. The state's share is $5.4 million, paid for by stimulus plan dollars. Under the approved terms, consumers can apply for a $300 rebate after purchasing an electric heat pump water heater, which is more energy-efficient than standard electric water heaters.
TRAVEL
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Ocean City wants people to plant more trees. The town has announced a $25 rebate to match a Marylanders Plant Trees state coupon for each tree planted in its area. The 2009 state program gives out coupons for $25 off the purchase of a tree at participating nurseries; Ocean City 's rebate would make that $50. Marylanders Plant Trees surpassed its goal of 100,000 new trees by 2013, according to its website. The state coupon initiative is funded through a settlement against a major power generator for Clean Air Act violations and contributions from tree vendors.
BUSINESS
By EILEEN AMBROSE and EILEEN AMBROSE,eileen.ambrose@baltsun.com | January 10, 2009
Didn't get an economic stimulus check last year? Or, maybe your rebate check was smaller than the maximum amount? If so, you might be eligible for rebate recovery. The Internal Revenue Services announced this week that taxpayers will be able to recover a rebate if they are now eligible for the money but weren't before. The maximum is $600 for individuals; $1,200 for couples. Plus, parents can receive up to $300 per qualified child. The stimulus payments were based on financial information that appeared on 2007 returns, although technically it was a 2008 credit.
TRAVEL
March 23, 2011
AAA, Goodwill offer "Luggage Trade-In/Trade-Up" program What's the deal? Donate your gently used luggage to Goodwill Industries retail stores and receive a discount voucher good for the purchase of new luggage from local AAA Mid-Atlantic stores. What are the savings? For every piece of gently used luggage dropped off at one of Goodwill's donation centers by April 16, donors will receive a discount voucher good for 40 percent off a piece of Antler Luggage or $25 off a luggage purchase of $50 or more.
TRAVEL
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Ocean City wants people to plant more trees. The town has announced a $25 rebate to match a Marylanders Plant Trees state coupon for each tree planted in its area. The 2009 state program gives out coupons for $25 off the purchase of a tree at participating nurseries; Ocean City 's rebate would make that $50. Marylanders Plant Trees surpassed its goal of 100,000 new trees by 2013, according to its website. The state coupon initiative is funded through a settlement against a major power generator for Clean Air Act violations and contributions from tree vendors.
BUSINESS
By EILEEN AMBROSE | March 4, 2008
Last week's column about the IRS trying to clear up confusion over the tax rebates generated still more questions from readers. This week, the IRS is making another effort to get the word out on rebates, which are part of new legislation to help the economy. Beginning this week and continuing for the next two, the IRS will mail letters to more than 130 million taxpayers to remind them to file a 2007 tax return. That's one of the requirements for getting a tax rebate. The agency will follow up in late March with another letter to certain recipients of Social Security and Veterans Affairs benefits.
BUSINESS
By EILEEN AMBROSE | August 19, 2008
Didn't get your tax rebate yet? It could be your name. That's what Kassandra Palazzo discovered. Palazzo for seven years has filed a joint tax return with her husband, and the New York couple never had trouble getting their refunds. But when their economic stimulus check didn't arrive, they contacted the IRS. As it turns out, Palazzo used her married name on the tax return, but the name she has on file with Social Security is her maiden name. That caused the holdup on the rebate. You can, of course, continue using your maiden name after marriage.
BUSINESS
By EILEEN AMBROSE | February 26, 2008
The Internal Revenue Service moved quickly after the economic stimulus package was passed this month to get the word out about who will get the tax rebates of $300 to $1,200. Since then, confusion has grown. One misconception is that the rebate will be taxed as income on next year's return, says IRS acting Commissioner Linda Stiff. Another is that the rebate will reduce next year's refund. With misinformation swirling, the IRS recently took another stab at clarifying the rebate rules.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
For L. Bryan Koerber, president of Baltimore's Budeke's Paints & Decorating Inc., losing film projects like Netflix's "House of Cards" to another state would be devastating. Not fatal, perhaps, but devastating. "The impact on us is huge," Koerber told the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on Thursday in Annapolis, during a hearing on a proposal to authorize $18.5 million in tax credits during the coming fiscal year for movie and television production in Maryland. Supplying paint and paint supplies to both "House of Cards" and HBO's "Veep" for the past two years has enabled his company to purchase new equipment and preserve jobs, he said, as well as award his employees a wage increase for the first time since 2009.
NEWS
June 24, 2013
America with its democratic system, rules of law, and open market economy has produced the best living situation in the history of civilization. However, our dreams have been curtailed the last 25 years as the rising cost of doing business in this country has reduced the ability of the average household to find employment that allows the same standard of living as the last two generations have enjoyed. There is a way to stop our slide and regain levels of employment so that we and future generations benefit.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
Tens of thousands of Marylanders will get rebates from their health insurance companies this summer under a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires insurers to spend a certain amount on patient care and quality improvement. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that 149,961 Maryland residents would get rebates. The rebates, which average $143 per family, will go out by Aug. 1. The rebates will be given out as a check in the mail, a lump-sum reimbursement to the credit or debit card account the customer used to pay premiums, a reduction in premiums or an employer using the rebates to improve health coverage.
BUSINESS
Jamie Smith Hopkins | June 6, 2013
Worried about your air conditioner getting through the summer? See if Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. rebates could help with a tune-up or replacement. BGE said today that customers buying new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems can qualify for a rebate of as much as $1,150 if they choose high-efficiency options. BGE says it also offers a $100 rebate for residents bringing in a contractor to ensure their AC is operating as well as it can. The contractor must participate in the BGE Cooling Efficiency Improvement Program . The utility offers rebates for other items , too, including refrigerators and washers.
FEATURES
Laurel Peltier and Guest blogger | November 14, 2012
Maryland's state government desperately wants you to plug up your leaky house in order to use less electricity. To get homeowners on board, the Empower Maryland program is offering 50 percent rebates of up to $3,150 on retrofit projects that make your home more energy efficient. The goal is simple: reduce electricity usage while reducing Maryland's greenhouse gases. Many homeowners would be surprised at how much they can save on their utility bills - and how quickly their up-front investment gets paid back.  Under the program, Greg Baggan of Canton learned he had been heating the equivalent of three homes, when he only owns one. An energy audit revealed that all the leaks in his home, when combined, equated to a 4 square-foot hole in his small row house.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | April 27, 2012
Insurance companies are expected to pay out nearly $1.3 billion in rebates this summer because they haven't complied with a provision under health care reform that they devote more money to health care and less on administrative costs and profit, according to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Marylanders will receive $37.7 million from four insurance providers, according to the report. Kaiser did not name the insurers, but said the average rebate for Marylanders will be $293.50.
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | August 5, 2001
BOSTON - And so we head once more - bloodied but pumped up - into the great tax rebellion of 2001: The Tax Rebate Rebellion. When we first entered the fray some weeks ago, the rebate revolt was simmering on the Internet. We were among those who decided - as TV chef Emeril Lagasse would say - to kick it up a notch. We challenged those who opposed the Bush tax cut to put their rebate where their politics were. Those who didn't really need it could donate some or all of the $300 to $600 coming their way to fund their own public policy.
NEWS
By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Annapolis Bureau | August 19, 1992
ANNAPOLIS -- The Maryland health department did by regulation yesterday what the legislature twice failed to do: require pharmaceutical companies to give the state an estimated $2.5 million annual rebate for drugs purchased under programs to help the poor.Pharmaceutical companies opposed the rebate proposal, which was approved 13-0 by a legislative oversight committee. The companies said it is impossible to estimate the savings because that is a function of which drugs are purchased and their unit costs.
NEWS
April 26, 2012
Tax rebates and incentives for the "Superblock" project sound innocuous, but let's call these programs what they really are - subsidies funded by the taxpayers of Baltimore. Will the 296 apartments to be built in the Superblock need police and fire protection? Will they need their garbage collected? Will the residents attend school, use a park or drive on a street? If they do, but do not pay taxes to cover the cost, then the rest of the homeowners in Baltimore will be stuck with the tab. While the project's developers enjoy 20 years of tax breaks, the rest of us who are less well-connected at City Hall can expect to suffer crushing property taxes, escalating fees and reduced city services.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2012
Last year, Jane Kuhl and her husband qualified for a state-run program that promised a 50 percent rebate to homeowners installing energy-saving insulation. The couple spent more than $6,700 plugging holes and insulating their Harford County farmhouse, which was originally built in the late 1800s. For their work, they received a 35 percent rebate from the state, along with a 15 percent rebate from their utility. Happy at first, they were later surprised and disappointed to find out that they owe income taxes on the $2,461 received from the state.
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