taxes

Government
9:35 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Health Club Bill Stalls in Kansas Statehouse Committee

The tax conference committee meets Wednesday.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

A bill that would exempt private health clubs and gyms from property taxes Kansas has stalled in a committee. The measure has prompted hundreds of emails to lawmakers about the issue.

The conference committee working on tax issues decided not to take up the health club measure. Supporters of the bill, including health club owners, say they face competition from tax-free organizations like the YMCA and publicly owned health clubs.

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Government
10:02 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Kansas Tax Negotiators Begin Meetings

Representative Richard Carlson (Left, R-St. Marys) and Senator Les Donovan (R-Wichita) speak before the conference committee.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

A select group of lawmakers from the Kansas House and Senate started negotiations on tax legislation today. The conference committee will work to find a compromise between bills that passed the two chambers.

The bills have one large difference. The Senate version makes a temporary sales tax permanent to help offset the costs of income tax cuts. The House version allows the sales tax to expire as planned later this year, and introduces additional income tax reductions more slowly.

Senator Les Donovan, a Wichita Republican, says extending the sales tax is critical.

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Government
9:36 am
Thu March 21, 2013

KS House Rejects Democrats' Property Tax Plan

The Kansas House chamber
Stephen Koranda KPR

The Kansas House on Wednesday rejected a proposal by Democrats aimed at reducing the property taxes paid by Kansans.

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Government
9:39 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Kansas House And Senate Differ On Sales Tax

The Kansas House and Senate are working on two bills that would cut income taxes, but they are very different in one aspect.

The bill that passed the Senate would make permanent a temporary sales tax that's set to expire later this year. The House plan would let the sales tax expire as planned.

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a Republican from Hutchinson, says the sales tax wouldn't be a deal breaker.

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Government
9:40 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Mo. Gen. Assembly Sends Benevolent Tax Credits Bill To Gov. Nixon

A rack of US Department of Agriculture bonus commodities is empty at the Saint Louis Area Food Bank’s warehouse in Earth City.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Two sets of tax credits were passed by Missouri lawmakers Wednesday and sent to Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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Government
9:23 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Missouri Senate Approves Tax Overhaul To Compete With Kansas

Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
jimmywayne Flickr

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a phased-in tax overhaul designed to help the Show-Me State compete with neighboring Kansas, which recently slashed its tax rates. 

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Government
9:55 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Kansas Senate Could Cut Governor's Budget

enate President Susan Wagle (R-Wichita).
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

Leaders in the Kansas Senate say they'll likely pursue cuts to the budget recommended by Governor Sam Brownback.

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Government
9:39 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Missouri Senate Moves To Lower Tax Credits

The Missouri Senate has passed a wide-ranging tax credit bill that drastically lowers the caps on Historic Preservation and Low Income Housing programs.  It would cap Historic Preservation incentives at $50 million a year, instead of the current $140 million, and Low Income Housing incentives would be capped at $55 million a year, instead of the current $190 million. 

The bill is now in the hands of the Missouri House, where Speaker Tim Jones has indicated that he and other House leaders don’t like the drastic cuts.

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Government
10:09 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Angel Investment Tax Credit Measure Being Considered By Mo. Senate Committee

jimmywayne Flickr

Supporters of creating a so-called “Angel Investment” tax credit in Missouri testified in favor of legislation Wednesday before a State Senate committee.

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Government
9:18 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Missouri Senate Works Late On Tax Credit Bill

Missouri State Capitol building.
wikimedia commons

The Missouri Senate spent several hours Tuesday night working on a wide-ranging tax credit bill, which they gave first-round approval to around 3:20 Wednesday morning.  The Senate bill would drastically cut incentives for Historic Preservation and low income housing.

Historic Preservation tax credits would be capped at $45 million  a year, instead of the current $140 million, and low income Housing incentives would be capped at $50 million a year. 

The bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County.

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Government
9:45 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Missouri House Passes Benevolent Tax Credits Bill

jimmywayne Flickr

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would revive three benevolent tax credit programs that expired last year, but there were a couple of dissenters who had a problem with incentives going to crisis pregnancy centers.

Democrats Judy Morgan of Kansas City and Stacey Newman of St. Louis County cast the only “no” votes.  Newman said the pregnancy centers in question are operated by anti-abortion groups that are spreading false information about the issue.

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Government
10:31 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Senate Committee Delays Work on Brownback’s Tax Plan

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A Senate Committee has delayed work on Governor Sam Brownback's tax proposal.  A printing mix-up meant the scheduled debate was left off the official Senate calendar, but the committee's chairman says he didn't want to work on the tax plan without letting the public know about it.

The committee was scheduled to debate the bill and offer amendments. In Statehouse lingo, that’s called “working” the bill. Wichita Republican Les Donovan chairs the Senate Tax Committee. He says they’ll benefit from the extra time to prepare.

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Government
9:27 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Missouri Senate More Open To Tax Credits

jimmywayne Flickr

The Missouri Senate passed two sets of tax credit legislation.  So far this year, the Senate may no longer be the place where tax credits go to die.

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Government
4:24 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Report Suggests Missouri Missing Out On Internet Sales Tax Revenue

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It appears that Missouri has lost more than $2 billion in revenue over the past nine years because it does not collect sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. 

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Government
9:26 am
Wed January 2, 2013

More Tax Changes May Be Afoot In Kansas

The Kansas Statehouse.
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A large tax overhaul takes effect in Kansas now that the New Year has begun, but it may not remain as-is for long.

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Government
3:32 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Cigarette Tax Increase On The Table In Missouri

Despite being rejected by voters last month, there’s a new proposal to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax.

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Government
11:10 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Wind Energy Could Fall Off Fiscal Cliff

humanevents.com

U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo says the fate of a wind energy tax credit could be tied to the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations.

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Government
10:11 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Lawmakers Seek Tax Credit & Lobbying Reforms

Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.

Missouri lawmakers in both chambers are pre-filing bills for next year’s regular session.  Much of the legislation pre-filed in the State Senate so far deals with tax credits.

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Government
4:57 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Sales Taxes On Vehicles Purchased Out-Of-State Debated In Missouri

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Republican-led General Assembly will face off next week over a bill vetoed earlier this year that would have required Mo. residents to pay sales tax on vehicles purchased out-of-state. 

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Transportation
9:51 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Downtown Voters Approve Streetcar Measure

Downtown Kansas City, Missouri voters approved a special tax to fund a two-mile streetcar route in downtown Kansas City, although fewer than 500 people voted.

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Up to Date
10:03 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Political Pundits: Taxes, and Health Care, and Elections, O My!

A pro-ACA protest
http://www.examiner.com/article/it-s-time-for-health-care-for-all

The thermometer keeps inching upwards, though its hard to tell if its measuring heat or the rhetoric coming out of Washington. The recent Supreme Court decisions have done little to quell the debates on either side, and with a looming election in five months, no one seems interested in backing down.

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Profile
12:06 am
Thu June 21, 2012

God, Politics And Sam Brownback's Kansas

Senior Sam Brownback was a leader in his Parker, Kansas high school
Laura Ziegler

Governor Sam Brownback is reconfiguring the size and scope of state government in Kansas with the help of an overwhelmingly conservative Republican legislature.

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Government
4:17 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Prairie Village Council Says No To Parks Tax Referendum

Prairie Village Mayor Ron Shaffer is disappointed at City Council refusal to send a parks sales tax plan to voters.
pvkansas.com

There will be no November vote in Prairie Village on a proposed sales tax to benefit parks. The City Council has killed the issue on a vote of 6 to 5.

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KC Currents
3:08 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Mayor Sly James’ New Tax Proposal For Infrastructure

Kansas City Mayor Sly James

What will it take for Kansas City, Mo. to finally fix its streets and sewer system?  Earlier this year, Mayor Sly James announced a bold plan for improving Kansas City's infrastructure that would involve spending $1 billion over the next 10 years.

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Government
5:08 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Big Kansas Tax Cut Bill Passes, Could Produce $2.7 Billion Shortfall

The Kansas House has surprised the Senate by bypassing a compromise tax-cut plan while the Senate was preparing to vote on it.

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Planet Money
3:34 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Pay Your Taxes: A Cautionary Tale

Young Buck, 2004
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 5:15 pm

When IRS agents raided the house of rapper Young Buck, they seized all his things: his white leather dining chairs, his watches, his craps table, his tattoo kit. Even his refrigerator. The Nashville artist, who was once part of 50 Cent's G-Unit, owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes.

His lawyer, Robin Mitchell Joyce, said he thought Young Buck's taxes were being handled by his business manager. They weren't.

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The Picture Show
12:05 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

You're Not Alone: Taxpayers Have Been Miserable For Decades

Alfred Eisenstaedt Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Misery loves company. Multitudes are no doubt making the last-minute scramble to finish taxes today. If that's the case for you, perhaps you can take solace in the fact that this tax misery is a long-lived American tradition.

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Planet Money
10:21 am
Fri April 13, 2012

What America Pays In Taxes

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 3:26 pm

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Your Money
2:36 am
Mon April 9, 2012

What Do You Owe In Taxes? Depends Who's Counting

Which tax preparation service is best? That's what writer Joel Stein hoped to find out when he took his 2011 income data to different firms — including an H&R Block office, seen here in a file photo from last year's tax season.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 11:58 am

In 2012, the federal tax return deadline is Tuesday, April 17 — so if you haven't already filed your income tax return, you have about one week left to shop around for different options to finish your taxes, or request an extension.

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Central Standard
12:25 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

The Middle Of The Map Fest Is Blowing Up

Capybara

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, learn about a SXSW-style festival in our own backyard. Hear why the Middle of the Map Festival is drawing exponentially more bands, more people & more attention in its second year.

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