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Assessor parses a tax bill

When 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wanted to know whether there was a Santa Claus in 1897, she turned to the New York Sun. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” reporter …


Mileage tax gaining favor in Congress

WASHINGTON – Despite opposition from the White House, a proposal to tax motorists on the number of miles they drive each year is gathering speed on Capitol Hill. Its popularity …


Court dismisses Brown’s tax-hike fight

OLYMPIA – Declining to wade into a Senate dispute, Washington’s highest court Thursday rejected Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s challenge to an anti-tax ballot measure. The unanimous ruling leaves in …


Tax on jobless benefits often a surprise to unemployed

CHICAGO – Some Americans are learning a jarring lesson about unemployment as they prepare their tax returns. At a time when the newly laid-off are swelling unemployment rolls to record …


Eye on Olympia: High court rejects tax case

The Washington state Supreme Court has just ruled against state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Wash., who filed suit last year to try to overturn a requirement that tax increases …


Lawmaker warns federal tax breaks could mean revenue loss for Idaho

BOISE – Under the federal economic stimulus, people who buy new cars, pickups or RVs between Feb. 17 and the end of the year can get a tax break on …


Wealthiest to take tax hits

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s $3.55 trillion budget proposal includes tax cuts for some and a wide range of increases for others. Though more details are expected in April, here’s …


Tax season brings changes worth considering

It’s not yet the last minute, but tax season has more than arrived. While every year brings changes in the tax code, there’s even more to keep up with for …


Bill would undo wheat farmers’ tax breaks

Washington wheat farmers are upset about legislation that would undo tax breaks they have enjoyed since the Great Depression.


City to place tax measure on March ballot

Ignoring a plea from school officials, the Spokane City Council on Monday decided to ask voters in March for $18.5 million.


Council weighing tax vote in March

Six months after rejecting Mayor Mary Verner’s plan to raise property taxes for a police evidence building, animal shelter and other requests, the Spokane City Council appears headed to endorse …


Higher alcohol tax proposed

BOISE – Cash-strapped drinkers may soon have a reason besides the lousy economy to cry a tear in their beer – a nonpartisan group is pushing Idaho lawmakers to raise …


IRS may show some leniency

WASHINGTON – As the nation sinks deeper into recession, the IRS is offering to waive late penalties, negotiate new payment plans and postpone asset seizures for delinquent taxpayers who are …


Otter pushes gas tax increase

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter intends to push Idaho lawmakers to raise the state gas tax, increase car and truck registration fees, and tax rental cars to pay for pressing …


Panel proposes tax break review

BOISE – Idaho should do away with its investment tax credit, repeal three other tax breaks and review a long list of others, a joint legislative interim committee decided Tuesday. …


3 tax breaks get ax, for now

BOISE – Idaho should do away with its investment tax credit and with special tax breaks for ski areas, broadcasters and publishers, a joint legislative committee decided Monday. But the …


Kootenai deputies get a pay bump

Most Kootenai County sheriff deputies and jailers are getting an immediate raise as the county commission works to fix an inequitable pay system that has caused an exodus of staff. …


State panel re-examining tax break policies

BOISE – State Sen. Brent Hill says he’s not against tax breaks – as a CPA, he’s spent a career searching them out for his clients. But as the chairman …


Idaho lawmaker reports IRS deal

A North Idaho lawmaker says he has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service and has 60 days to provide additional financial information. The agreement brokered last week between …


Otter clears way for repaying Cabela’s

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter on Monday signed into law a bill to allow a new Cabela’s store in Post Falls to pay for a new freeway interchange on Interstate …


City Official Calls For Bond To Repair Streets Proposal Could Cost Average Homeowner From $27 To $146 A Year

The city of Spokane has a plan to rescue Spokane’s distressed streets, but it comes at an increased cost to taxpayers. During Monday’s City Council briefing, council members heard a …


Complaints Up In Other North Idaho Counties

The concern over property assessments hasn’t hit a fever pitch in other Panhandle counties, but there certainly is enough griping to go around. About 200 Bonner County residents want to …