Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes. Legal news and articles for November 30 - 30, 2011

Bush tax cuts complicate attempts to deal with debtCongress steps into states' scuffle over sales taxObama calls on GOP to pass payroll tax holidayMich. SC approves most of new tax lawTaxes due on April 17, 2012 and other important changesOnline Shoppers Beware: You Could Owe Internet Sales TaxWagner says no to tax money for Penn State legal defenseAmazon: Keep small seller exception “very low” in tax lawGov. Haley Barbour endorses online sales taxNRF Says Online Sales Tax Advantage is 'Stifling' Local StoresAmazon: Keep small seller exception “very low” in tax lawPoll: Was the County Right to Freeze Its Tax Levy?You Could Owe Internet Sales TaxWonkbook: The payroll tax cut will be extended. But what about unemployment ...China police probe law firm linked to Ai Weiwei

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China's Legal Performance Art
Wall Street JournalNovember 2, 2011

He was held 81 days without his family being informed of his location, in contravention of Criminal Procedure Law. His supporters have been threatened by police. This time, the hearings on supposed tax evasion were held behind closed doors, ...more »

City of Nowthen considers public safety tax increase
Minneapolis Star TribuneNovember 6, 2011

Once a city incorporates, however, under state law it has the responsibility to decide whether to cover law enforcement by contract with the sheriff, or create its own department. "Nowthen is the only community in all of Anoka County that does not ...more »

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Bush tax cuts complicate attempts to deal with debt
USA TodayNovember 30, 2011

But some say that a financial shock might force Congress to act sooner on long-term tax and entitlement reform. "The political parties are determined to take the issues of entitlement reform and tax reform to the voters in the election," said Clint ...more »

Congress steps into states' scuffle over sales tax
ReutersNovember 30, 2011

"If you believe that small business retailers should not be harmed by a change in remote sales tax law, then the definition of what constitutes a small business that would be preserved from new tax collection requirements is an important one," said ...more »

Obama calls on GOP to pass payroll tax holiday
USA TodayNovember 30, 2011

"How is it they can break an oath when it comes to raising your taxes but not when it comes to wealthy people?" White House officials won't say what Obama would do if faced with the choice of signing a law continuing the payroll tax cuts that does not ...more »

Mich. SC approves most of new tax law
Legal News LineNovember 30, 2011

Rick Snyder's controversial plan to tax pensions. After a group of state retirees filed a challenge to the new tax law, Snyder had asked the Court for advisory opinions on the constitutionality of its four provisions. ...more »

Taxes due on April 17, 2012 and other important changes
Northern Colorado 5November 30, 2011

Information about any future developments affecting this publication (such as legislation) will be posted on that page. File Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ by April 17, 2012. The due date is April 17, instead of April 15, because April 15 is a Sunday and ...more »

Online Shoppers Beware: You Could Owe Internet Sales Tax
Patch.comNovember 30, 2011

A recent law requires sales tax payments on online purchases. Courtesy Flickr user john_a_ward (Creative Commons) Online shopping has become as common as buying gifts from brick-and-mortar stores during the holiday season. ...more »

Wagner says no to tax money for Penn State legal defense
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewNovember 30, 2011

"We don't want to see tax dollars involved in the defense of certain individuals," Wagner said in response to a question after an unrelated news conference. Asked to whom he was referring, Wagner said he meant "anyone charged. ...more »

Amazon: Keep small seller exception “very low” in tax law
Puget Sound Business JournalNovember 30, 2011

Amazon.com Inc. wants Congress to avoid exempting too many small retailers from a proposed federal online sales tax law that would authorize states to require retailers to collect sales taxes on goods sold online. Meanwhile, eBay Inc. , which relies ...more »

Gov. Haley Barbour endorses online sales tax
The Hill (blog)November 30, 2011

Barbour, who served as chairman of the Republican National Committee, said the federal government should not stop states from devising their tax laws. “Failure to level the playing field threatens to, and in fact has, run many of them out of business, ...more »

NRF Says Online Sales Tax Advantage is 'Stifling' Local Stores
MarketWatch (press release)November 30, 2011

French's comments came in written testimony submitted for a hearing today on sales tax fairness legislation. The panel is scheduled to examine constitutional limitations on states' ability to require out-of-state sellers to collect tax on sales made to ...more »

Amazon: Keep small seller exception “very low” in tax law
TechFlashNovember 30, 2011

The proposed law seeks to bring clarity to a state sales-tax issue that has hounded Amazon and other online. However, eBay does not like the proposed law, saying it hurts the small businesses that eBay depends on at the expense of large online ...more »

Poll: Was the County Right to Freeze Its Tax Levy?
Patch.comNovember 30, 2011

If the county had decided to levy as much as it legally could under the tax cap law, the general fund deficit would be $836000, according to The Beacon-News. County board members took multiple votes before agreeing on the budget with the lower levy. ...more »

You Could Owe Internet Sales Tax
Patch.comNovember 30, 2011

Did you know that law now requires you pay sales tax on every online purchase? In July, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Marketplace Fairness Act, which requires online retailers to collect sales tax just like physical stores. ...more »

Wonkbook: The payroll tax cut will be extended. But what about unemployment ...
Washington Post (blog)November 30, 2011

Well, unemployment insurance has nothing to do with Social Security's trust fund. Sen. Jim DeMint agrees that the payroll tax cut isn't a perfect tax cut, but says, "I just don't think it's a good time to raise any taxes." But what raising taxes does ...more »

China police probe law firm linked to Ai Weiwei
AFPNovember 30, 2011

Ai, whose activism has made him a thorn in the side of China's Communist authorities, was charged on his release in June with tax evasion linked to Fake Cultural Development, a firm he founded but that is legally owned by his wife. ...more »

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