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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2012
The ink was barely dry on Baltimore City's new property tax bills when we spotted fresh errors in the way some historic tax credits were recently calculated. If this sounds familiar, it should. On June 24 The Sun published the results of an investigation that found the city has failed to collect millions of dollars in potential revenue because of chronic errors and miscalculations in the historic credit program, which offers tax breaks for historic renovations. With a new tax year starting July 1, we checked to see if the problems had been fixed on recently mailed bills.
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By JIM WILHELM, STUART RUDO AND GREG HORNING and JIM WILHELM, STUART RUDO AND GREG HORNING,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM | February 26, 2006
Baltimoresun.com's tax-advice column features three experts from the Hunt Valley accounting firm SC&H Group answering questions about preparing your return every Monday until April 17. To be included in the following weeks, please use the form at the right side of this page to submit your questions. Bernie Weill, Brooklyn, N.Y.: Can I deduct losses on my house destroyed by a fire during 2005, although I have not yet settled with the insurance company as of Dec. 31, 2005? SC&H Group: Generally, you can deduct a casualty loss only in the tax year in which the casualty occurred.
NEWS
August 4, 2007
Incomplete data discredit tax report A recent report from the state comptroller's office reviewed tax payments by the state's largest corporations ("Taxes avoided by many Md. firms," July 24). But the report is misleading because it lacks important disclaimers and attempts to draw conclusions based on data from an incomplete tax year. When the state comptroller's office similarly divulged the names and tax information of Maryland businesses in 2004 and 2005 for the 2001-2003 tax years, the office stated in cover letters to those reports that it was unable to match related corporate entities from their data system and, therefore, "this information most likely does not provide a full picture of the corporate income taxes paid by many `businesses' as they are commonly perceived."
BUSINESS
By Julius Westheimer | April 3, 1996
TODAY WE open the April notebook:April historically has been the fourth- strongest Wall Street month, stocks rising an average 1.2 percent over 45 years."
BUSINESS
By Neil Downing and Neil Downing,PROVIDENCE JOURNAL | April 13, 2003
I've received a letter from my bank telling me that I must begin to withdraw my IRA. I am a person who was born on July 26th, 1932. I'm still employed; I work for myself as a real estate appraiser; I am constantly at work . . . I say I won't be 70 until July 26th of 2003, and 70 1/2 would be later. It is prudent to be thinking about this, said Marvin R. Rotenberg, national director of retirement services at Fleet Bank's Private Clients group, and a widely regarded authority on IRAs and other retirement plans.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
For taxpayers who work best under the pressure of a deadline ... well, that's now. Returns must be filed by the end of Monday. But there's always a risk when scrambling to get returns in under the wire. You might make a mistake or overlook a valuable tax break. To avoid that, here are some tips for last-minute filers: File for free: The Internal Revenue Service partners with tax preparation companies to provide free online filing of federal returns if your adjusted gross income is $57,000 or less.
BUSINESS
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
Legg Mason Inc. reported Tuesday that it earned $29.2 million in its fourth quarter, down about 62 percent from a year earlier due to added real estate expenses. The Baltimore-based money manager's results still beat analysts' expectations, and its stock ended the day up 48 cents at $31.86 per share. On a per-share basis, Legg earned 23 cents, exceeding analysts' expectations by 3 cents per share for the three months ended March 31. A year earlier, Legg earned $76.1 million, or 54 cents per share.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2012
Howard County residents would see no property tax increase this year, but they could pay a higher fire tax under an $899 million budget proposal unveiled Friday by County Executive Ken Ulman. General fund spending, which represents money raised through local taxes and fees, would increase less than 3 percent. "It is really a maintenance budget," Ulman said of the spending plan that, if approved by the County Council, would take effect July 1. A state budget impasse has left state aid up in the air and the question of who will pay teacher pension costs unresolved, but Ulman said his plan is based on a deal made but not passed before time ran out on this year's General Assembly session.
BUSINESS
By Andrew Leckey | March 14, 2004
Easy come, easy go. That's the attitude toward tax refunds from many Americans who spend the money before they receive it. Because of recent tax cuts, the average check this year should be around $2,300, up more than $300 from last year. That's not chump change, and you'd be wise to do something other than blow it on consumer electronics. But first, consider revising your withholding at work so you will receive a smaller refund next tax year. You've been giving the government a free loan for the entire time it kept your money.
NEWS
By Robert B. Reich | December 18, 2013
It's charity time, and not just because the holiday season reminds us to be charitable. As the tax year draws to a close, the charitable tax deduction beckons. America's wealthy are its largest beneficiaries. According to the Congressional Budget Office, $33 billion of last year's $39 billion in total charitable deductions went to the richest 20 percent of Americans, of whom the richest 1 percent reaped the lion's share. The generosity of the super-rich is sometimes proffered as evidence they're contributing as much to the nation's well-being as they did decades ago, when they paid a much larger share of their earnings in taxes.
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