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By Dennis Hockman, Chesapeake Home + Life | April 8, 2011
Tax season is upon us, and if you're like me, you still haven't crunched the numbers but are hoping for a nice refund. Good news, the odds are in your favor. According to stats posted on the IRS website, 76 percent of Americans filing individual income tax returns get refunds, and the average refund is around $3,000. One way to put that cash to good use is to reinvest in your home. After all, a big chunk of the refund may be coming from your mortgage interest deduction. But just how far will that $3,000 get you?
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Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2014
Health insurers refunded more than $17 million to Marylanders last year because of a rule in the Affordable Care Act limiting the amounts the companies can spend on overhead costs as opposed to providing care, according to federal data. About 206,000 consumers in Maryland received the refunds, an average of $140 per family, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services released Thursday. The refunds are owed under a rule that requires insurers to spend 80 percent or 85 percent of the dollars they collect in premiums on medical care or activities that improve health care quality.
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By L'Oreal Thompson, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
You may not necessarily think about the Ravens and romance together, but if Baltimore's beloved birds shut out the San Francisco 49ers this Super Bowl Sunday, you'll wish you had. Baltimore-area Saxon's Diamond Centers is offering a refund on purchases up to $5,000 if the Ravens shut out the 49ers. Visit either Saxon's location in Bel Air or Aberdeen between now and Saturday, Feb. 2, buy that engagement ring or diamond necklace you've been eyeing and, if San Francisco doesn't score during the game, you get your money back.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
The Senate unanimously passed bills Thursday allowing Baltimore City and Washington County to adopt a program launched in Anne Arundel County under which people with open warrants can have their state income tax refunds withheld, The legislation builds on an initiative launched by Anne Arundel Sheriff Ron Bateman under which 446 letters were sent out to people who had outstanding warrants warning that the Comptroller's Office would not send them...
BUSINESS
April 10, 2010
Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Friday that a Massachusetts debt management company has agreed to refund about $55,000 in fees to more than 800 Maryland clients. American Consumer Credit Counseling, which is licensed to do business here by state regulators, violated Maryland law by adding on fees for a financial education program and newsletter, state regulators said. The fees ranged from $39 to $114 for education and $2 a month for a newsletter. Maryland's debt management law prohibits add-on fees.
SPORTS
April 1, 1995
The Orioles have announced a ticket refund policy for their exhibition games against Philadelphia and Colorado, originally scheduled for this weekend. Fans who bought tickets by mail or phone and have not received them will receive a refund or credit automatically.Customers who have received tickets from the Orioles or Ticketmaster may exchange them for tickets to future home games at the Orioles' ticket office or any Orioles Baseball Store. No refunds will be issued at Ticketmaster outlets.
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By Dave Rosenthal | October 17, 2012
News that Nike is dropping its sponsorship of tainted cyclist Lance Armstrong brought me back to one of the most poignant sections of his first book, "It's Not About the Bike. " Armstrong described the aftermath of his testicular cancer diagnosis in 1996, as corporate sponsors decided he was no longer worth bankrolling. Nike was one of the few sponsors to stand by Armstrong as he recuperated -- despite the possibility that he would never race again. He vowed to be loyal when he returned to competition -- and forged a deep, mutually beneficial partnership with Nike as he won seven Tour de France titles.
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By Scott Calvert and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
For Joe Stumpf, it appears persistence has paid off: The city has promised to refund him the $40 fine he paid after receiving an erroneous speed camera ticket. It took the city Department of Transportation 10 weeks - during which time Stumpf fired off several emails - but the agency told him Wednesday he could expect a check in the next couple of weeks. “I tell you, it's been frustrating,” said Stumpf, who lives in Anne Arundel County and works as a machinist near M&T Bank Stadium.
SPORTS
October 10, 1996
Orioles season-ticket holders with tickets marked "Game D" for the coming American League Championship Series should hold their tickets for a refund, because there will not be a fourth game in Baltimore.Game D tickets would have been used if the Orioles had won the American League East title. Those holding Game D tickets can )) go to any NationsBank branch between Oct. 21 and Nov. 30 for a full refund.Fans who have purchased tickets are reminded to use them in the following sequence:Game A tickets are for tomorrow at 8 p.m. That is the first game played in Baltimore and Game 3 of the ALCS.
SPORTS
August 13, 1994
Fans holding tickets to strike-canceled Orioles games can exchange them next season for tickets to 1995 games or get a refund by mail or at some area banks.The team said yesterday that after Sept. 1, fans can mail tickets for any canceled August home game to: Baltimore Orioles, P.O. Box 29937, Baltimore, Md. 21230-0937. The tickets should be sent by certified mail, and should include the fan's name, address and telephone number.Fans also can get refunds for August game tickets after Sept.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
An Anne Arundel County program that withholds tax refunds from people with outstanding warrants - and last year enticed hundreds of people to turn themselves in - could be expanded to Baltimore and possibly even statewide. The idea, tried by county Sheriff Ron Bateman, has produced impressive results. Last year, his office sent letters to 446 people with warrants, saying refunds wouldn't be mailed until they settled their legal issues. The result: 345 people - 77 percent of those notified - turned themselves in, including some who faced criminal charges for assault, drugs and prostitution.
NEWS
November 22, 2013
Baltimore needs to give the money from its failed speed cameras back to its citizens. They are flawed: Give the money back! Chuck Shettle - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
A Maryland-based company whose zombie-themed 5K races spread across the country in recent years has abruptly canceled all events, leaving scores of angry and disappointed ticket-holders wondering what happened. "It is with great sadness that we are notifying you that the Run For Your Lives event you have purchased a ticket for has been canceled," read emails sent Wednesday. Races had been scheduled for Saturday in Arizona and Nov. 16 in Clermont, Fla. Tickets for this weekend's Arizona race had been priced at $35 to $97. On social media, some disappointed participants said they had planned trips around the events.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
When Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman first suggested withholding state tax refunds from people who have open warrants nearly three years ago, critics said it was a foolish pursuit. "One of the criticisms I got was, 'How many criminals have jobs where they are going to get a tax refund?'" he recalled. He couldn't say. Now he can. "There were 396," he told the County Council during a recent budget hearing. This past tax season - the first with the program fully in effect - that's the number of letters the state comptroller's office sent, telling people if they wanted their money, they'd have to clear their open Anne Arundel County warrants.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
A Florida insurance company has repaid $312,551 to thousands of Marylanders after overcharging them on life and health benefits, the Maryland Insurance Administration said Monday. The state insurance regulator said it told Life of the South Insurance Co. in Jacksonville in 2010 to reduce certain premium rates between Nov. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2011. The insurance regulator discovered during its regular oversight process last year that Life of the South hadn't lowered the rates as required, according to the agency.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2013
Law enforcement officials are watching a test program in Anne Arundel County that entices people with open criminal warrants to turn themselves in — so they can get their state tax refunds. Thus far, the results of dangling a refund as bait have stunned the sheriff who pitched the one-year pilot project. "If I had gotten 10, that would be good, too. But 134? That's huge," said Sheriff Ron Bateman. "It's baseball season, and this is a grand slam. " Under the measure adopted last year, and which went into practical effect with the current tax season, the comptroller's office blocks Maryland tax refunds of residents of Anne Arundel County, and others, who have unserved warrants in Anne Arundel.
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By Scott Calvert and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
For Joe Stumpf, it appears persistence has paid off: The city has promised to refund him the $40 fine he paid after receiving an erroneous speed camera ticket. It took the city Department of Transportation 10 weeks - during which time Stumpf fired off several emails - but the agency told him Wednesday he could expect a check in the next couple of weeks. “I tell you, it's been frustrating,” said Stumpf, who lives in Anne Arundel County and works as a machinist near M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Andrea Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2013
Money's a good motivator, Anne Arundel County Sheriff Bateman said Friday. A state law that just took effect has the Comptroller's Office withholding Maryland tax refunds of residents of Anne Arundel County or people who have an outstanding warrant in the county. In the first week, 110 letters were mailed, and 10 people turned themselves in or otherwise cleared up their warrant situation, the sheriff said. "It's easy fishing,” said Bateman,  who had approached Comptroller Peter Franchot with the idea.
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