SOCIAL SECURITY: INFORMATION & UPDATES Medicare Medical (Part B) premium varies with income
Medicare Medical (Part B) coverage helps pay for doctors services and outpatient care along with other services.
Most people incorrectly think that the costs of providing Medicare Part B coverage are... Posted on 5/20/13 at 3:49 PM
REAL MONEY Making the Case against Receiving a Federal Income Tax Refund
Millions of Americans celebrate receiving an income tax refund each year. Many of these same people live each month under the burden of financial hardship, struggling to make ends meet, often falling ... Posted on 3/8/13 at 12:43 PM
IN THE BLACK Tax Freedom Day
Yesterday, in addition to be the deadline for filing Federal and State tax returns it was also Tax Freedom Day. Tax Freedom Day is the day that average Americans have earned enough to pay their tax b... Posted on 4/18/12 at 7:00 AM
STAFF BLOG OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Property Taxes: Whose Money Is in the Bucket?
I've had a few questions about several stories I've written about property taxes, and I would like to share with you my bucket analogy, which simplifies some of the complex things that determine a per... Posted on 4/5/12 at 2:52 PM
SLOWINGTHERACINGMIND Beware the Ides of …
The ides refers to the middle of a month in the Roman calendar. For those of us who read and enjoy literature, today is a great day the Ides of March - made popular (ha!) by the Shakespeare play Juli... Posted on 3/15/12 at 5:30 AM
Hurrying to check a growing controversy, President Barack Obama ousted the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service late Wednesday amid an outcry over revelations that the agency had improperly targeted tea party groups for scrutiny when they filed for tax-exempt status.
By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
, May 16, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS acting chief acknowledged Tuesday that the agency demonstrated "a lack of sensitivity" in its screenings of political groups seeking tax-exempt status, but he said those mistakes won't be repeated.
Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
, May 14, 2013
The U.S. Senate is poised for a final vote Monday on a bill that would give states the authority to force online retailers to collect sales taxes on goods shipped to places like North Dakota and Minnesota.
The House will eventually vote on the bill, too, and unlike past attempts there is growing consensus a law will be enacted this time around.
“It’s about damn time,” said Greg Danz, owner of Zandbroz Variety store in downtown Fargo.
By Dave Olson, Forum News Service
, May 03, 2013
The Federal Reserve cautioned America’s political leaders Wednesday that their policies are hurting the economy.
The Fed stood by its aggressive efforts to stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment. But it sent its clearest signal to date that tax increases and spending cuts that kicked in this year are slowing the economy.
By Martin Crutsinger, Associates Press
, May 02, 2013
Rep. Bob Skarphol said late Wednesday a bill to provide $1.1 billion to western North Dakota communities will deliver ample funding to address infrastructure and other needs, but will not provide the long-term help the bill was intended to do.
In her maiden speech Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., called for the federal government to “level the playing field” and allow states to collect sales taxes on Internet sales.
By Chuck Haga, Forum News Service
, April 24, 2013
In real estate, there is a common saying based on the importance of “location, location, location” when assessing market value.
Apparently, the location people are talking about is Dickinson.
The city on Friday sent out letters outlining new yearly assessment numbers for owners of homes and business properties, sending some into near-panic mode.
By Bryan Horwath, Forum News Service
, April 23, 2013
Changes in how the Natural Resources Conservation Services classifies soils in agricultural lands are leading to changes to maps and software used by Stutsman County, according to Dustin Bakken, interim tax director.
By Keith Norman, The Jamestown Sun
, April 17, 2013
Because of inconveniences stemming from last weekend’s winter storm — which dumped well over a foot of snow in some spots — the Internal Revenue Service announced it will give a break to anyone unable to file taxes by Monday’s deadline.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people who accept government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills later on. That's if they don't accurately project their income.
Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
, April 02, 2013
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