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Major construction set for I-94 Friday night
Newsradio 620October 1, 2011

By Matt Montgomery & Cody Holyoke Starting Friday night, overnight construction will start, which could mean some traffic headaches for a busy weekend. Engineers with the I-94 project are working to open up a brand new tunnel, but it isn't easy. ...more »

Kodak reported to be considering filing for bankruptcy
The GuardianOctober 1, 2011

After 131 years in business, Kodak finds itself on shaky ground largely because of the popular embrace of digital cameras, forcing the company to mine its patent portfolio for additional cash. Gerard Meuchner, a spokesman for Kodak, told the Wall ...more »

Tax Law News and Stories

Audit Defence
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IRS hits Oakland pot shop with $2.4M tax bill
The Associated PressOctober 4, 2011

DeAngelo has until Dec. 22 to contest the audit in tax court. The IRS has told him it is now reviewing Harborside's returns for 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile, a handful of state officials have written House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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Tanning Tax Income Pales Compared With Estimate, Audit Finds
BusinessWeekOctober 13, 2011

“Since this was a brand-new tax imposed on a group of businesses and taxpayers with no previous experience with excise taxes, the IRS should have done more to inform taxpayers of their filing responsibilities and bring them into compliance in a timely ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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18 Minnesota law enforcement agencies probed for misusing database info
Pioneer PressOctober 4, 2011

That individual contacted DPS in August after becoming concerned law enforcement looked up the person's record and/or photo, said Andy Skoogman, a department spokesman. The department ran an audit of the individual's name and found about 100 law...more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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What should I do if I cannot afford to pay my taxes?
Tax Law Home (blog)October 5, 2011

If the IRS needs to escalate the collection of the taxes due, they can seek to obtain a judgment against you, possibly garnishing your wages and seizing your assets (excluding your home and business, which are protected from seizure by the IRS). ...more »

Property Taxes
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Lindbergh Homeowners Face 23 Percent Property Tax Jump
Patch.comOctober 3, 2011

The rate of the debt service fund is set by state law and is mandated for paying the long term debt of voter approved bonds, and has increased as a result of property values decreasing. The tax rate of agricultural and commercial property in the ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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Editorial: Return RenZone income tax breaks: Revision of state tax law breaks ...
MLive.comOctober 4, 2011

Marcia Hovey-Wright, D-Muskegon, to amend the state's new income and business tax laws, which cut off income tax breaks promised to property owners in Renaissance Zones. The Renaissance Zone law, which eliminates local property taxes, state business ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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School Board Looks to Sales Tax
Patch.comOctober 13, 2011

The school board voted 3-1 to request that the city look into the legality of possibly putting a sales tax increase, which would benefit the district, up for a residential vote. If it can be done, the possible sales-and-use tax measure would require a ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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Repatriation Bill to Tax Overseas Profit at 8.75 Percent
BusinessWeekOctober 6, 2011

Corporate tax holiday legislation “will be part of an infrastructure program,” Reid said in an interview. He declined to provide details. Independent studies showed that when a tax holiday was last offered, in 2004, the lower tax rate for returning ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Google Being Audited by IRS for Possible Tax Evasion
NBC Bay Area (blog)October 18, 2011

Google, owner of the world's most popular search engine, has cut its worldwide tax bill by about $1 billion a year using a pair of strategies called the “Double Irish” and “Dutch Sandwich,” which move profits through units in Ireland, the Netherlands ...more »

International Taxation
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Country needs new income tax law: PEW
The Nation, PakistanOctober 2, 2011

The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Sunday said that existing income tax laws have failed to deliver therefore country needs new and simple income tax law that is easily comprehensible, business friendly, fair and acceptable to all the stakeholders. ...more »

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