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  • Hollywood is cashing in on tax benefits around the country while delivering little in return

    11/08/2015 3:14:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot ^ | November 8, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Here’s an interesting way the government is blowing your tax dollars, but more on the state and local level than the federal. As much as I love movies, (well, some of them anyway) the process of making them involves a lot of money. This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who follows the box office numbers on a regular basis. In 1980 the average cost of making a Hollywood film was $4.3M. By last year the average had gone up to $200M and studios are spending up to $100M just on marketing for the big ticket pictures. With that...
  • Obama-Care Screwed Me

    10/10/2015 5:23:19 PM PDT · by MrMarbles · 29 replies
    10.10.2015 | Mr. Marbles
    For the first time in my life of fifty-one years, I still haven't received my tax refund because of the Obamacare portion of my taxes. I waited two hours on the phone in early September to finally talk to an IRS agent, only to be told I should give my situation another 60 days because the agency is so overwhelmed with Obamacare crap they are trying to process.
  • Colorado Lawmakers Scramble to Keep Millions in Marijuana Taxes (Refund Madness)

    04/02/2015 2:59:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    NY Times via MSN ^ | 4/01/15 | JACK HEALY
    DENVER In the State Capitol, they are calling it Refund Madness. A year after Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana sales, millions of tax dollars are rolling in, dedicated to funding school construction, marijuana education campaigns and armies of marijuana inspectors and regulators. But a legal snarl may force the state to hand that money back to marijuana consumers, growers and the public and lawmakers do not want to. The problem is a strict anti-spending provision in the state Constitution that touches every corner of public life, like school funding, state health care, local libraries...
  • IRS paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year - 6.5m people in the US are 112

    03/14/2015 7:04:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/14/15
    IRS paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent tax refunds last year as Social Security records show that 6.5m people in the US are 112 Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112. In reality, only few could possibly be alive. As of last fall, there were only 42 people known to be that old in the entire world. But Social Security does not have death records for millions of these people, with the oldest born in 1869, according to a report...
  • Obamacare Tax Traps Are Ready to Grab Your Refund (RATS gloat over fake Husseincare numbers)

    02/19/2015 3:48:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Fiscal Times via MSN ^ | 2/19/14 | Edward Morrissey
    **SNIP** Consumers who get married, divorced, or have children between now and the next enrollment period will find making changes a convoluted, multi-step process. After hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the initial rollout and tens of millions spent to fix the system afterward, HHS and insurance companies will still rely on clunky workarounds and manual spreadsheets, Politico reported this week. And that 11.4 million enrollment figure? Thats largely overstated too, Avik Roy writes at Forbes. First, its cumulative; it represents the total number of those who completed applications and those previously enrolled. This years additions are also signups,...
  • Coming this tax season from the IRS: More identity-theft risk, longer hold times and refund checks..

    01/14/2015 2:31:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/14/15 | Chris Spargo
    Coming this tax season from the IRS: More identity-theft risk, longer hold times and refund checks that take a WEEK longer to arrive The IRS, long Americans' least-favorite government agency, is likely to be a lot less popular this tax season - refunds will be slower, the risk of identity theft will be higher and there will be longer hold times to reach customer service. By some estimates, fewer than half of the taxpayers who call the IRS will be able to speak to a representative. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen revealed to the changes to employees in a memo -...
  • Half of Obamacare subsidy recipients may owe refunds to the IRS

    01/03/2015 6:45:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/03/2015 | Justin Green
    As many as 3.4 million people who received Obamacare subsidies may owe refunds to the federal government, according to an estimate by a tax preparation firm. H&R Block is estimating that as many as half of the 6.8 million people who received insurance premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act benefited from subsidies that were too large, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The ACA is going to result in more confusion for existing clients, and many taxpayers may well be very disappointed by getting less money and possibly even owing money," the president of a tax preparation and education...
  • How Obamacare could delay your tax refund

    12/28/2014 7:11:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/26/14 | Ray Martin
    If you're one of the almost 6 million individuals who received a government subsidy toward the health insurance you bought on or your state's insurance exchange, then prepare for a possible delay in processing your 2014 tax return and refund. That's because folks who bought subsidized health insurance will receive a new tax form called Form 1095-A Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. The insurance exchanges are supposed to provide these forms. The problem is it's unclear whether the processing steps for this form have been finalized. In the past, whenever new forms and processing procedures aren't finalized and changes are...
  • Russia prefers France pay refund instead of delivering warships it ordered

    12/21/2014 7:29:27 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 9 replies
    Liveleak,com ^ | December 21, 2014; 10 minutes ago | unknown Mistral Deal In Doubt: France Either Delivers Warships Or Give Moscow Refund, Says Russian Official Sounds like Russia realizes buying French warships is not a good idea, but France is now stuck in EU sanctions which prohibits it from delivering the warships. Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov has told Interfax that France must decide by the end of the year if it will deliver two mistral class warships or give Moscow a refund. He also reportedly said that the second option of a refund "might even be preferable."
  • Maness: Landrieu Must Provide 'Full Disclosure' or Refund All Flights to Taxpayers

    09/14/2014 3:24:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/14/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    One of Senator Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) Republican challengers, Colonel Rob Maness, has called on her to "produce specific details of each flight" included in the 11 page spreadsheet of "mixed-purpose" charter flights she took between 2002 and 2014 released by her campaign on Friday and described as a "full report." "[I]f the Senator refuses to provide full disclosure for these flights," Maness told Breitbart News in an e-mail on Sunday, "she should immediately refund taxpayers for these 'mixed-purpose' chartered flights." Breitbart News reported on Saturday that Landrieu's own press statement on Friday identified 43 such chartered flights she took between...
  • Boulder County to refund $5.6M in assessments after judge invalidates paving district

    07/28/2014 9:17:50 PM PDT · by catnipman · 4 replies
    The Daily Camera ^ | 7/28/14 | John Fryar
    Boulder County is moving forward with plans to refund $5.6 million in assessments paid by homeowners after officials announced they won't appeal a judge's ruling that the county exceeded its authority in forming a local improvement district to pay for the repaving of roads in rural subdivisions. ...
  • Where's my CA state tax refund? (Vanity)

    05/27/2014 3:20:25 PM PDT · by Sergio · 21 replies
    Myself | 5/27/2014 | Sergio
    Anyone having issues with their California state tax refund.
  • Democrats Scramble to Distance Themselves from Obamacare (RATS want a refund)

    11/01/2013 3:13:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/30/13 | Wynton Hall
    **SNIP** Other Democrats now say they agree with Republicans that a delay of the individual mandate may be the only way to salvage the disaster and save face. "I think the administration is going to have to look at it [delay of the individual mandate]. and I'd encourage them to do so," said Rep. Gene Green (D-TX). Five Democrats have now asked for the Obama Administration to seek a refund from the contractors responsible for the Obamacare website fiasco. Reps. Ron Barber (D-AZ), William Enyart (D-IL), Pete Gallego (D-TX), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Filemon Vela (D-TX) wrote a letter to...
  • Opt-Out Obamacare Penalty Can't Be Enforced -- Unless You Get a Tax Refund

    10/24/2013 10:48:07 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 98 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 10-24-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    October 24, 2013 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: For those of us who take as long as we can to pay our taxes, October 15th was the extension filing date for 2012, and I dutifully was in there. My accountant, who is almost afraid to be my accountant because he thinks he's gonna get targeted, too, just 'cause his name's on my return, he said, "Look, you may not know this, but you keep talking about these Obamacare fines if you don't buy a policy. Do you know that under the law --" and I had to go look it up. Not...
  • Tax return: WI Senate passes $100 million property tax cut

    10/16/2013 7:12:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-16-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON After more than an hour of political ping pong Tuesday, with the taxpayer playing the familiar role of ball, most Senate Democrats agreed with Republicans that a $100 million property tax cut was too good a deal to pass up. Or, perhaps, political suicide to turn it down. Last week, Democrats gave Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans an earful after Walker called a special session to pass a $100 million property tax cut last week. Mike Tate, chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, called the tax cut a gimmick. Sen. President Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, excoriated senate...
  • Now thats better: WI ends fiscal year with $760 million surplus

    10/15/2013 9:53:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-15-13 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON Better than expected. Thats been the story of state revenue and surplus in Wisconsin over the past year and a half. An improving economy has pushed the states surplus up to $759.2 million, according to the Wisconsin Department of Administration State Controllers Offices Annual Fiscal Report released Monday. Thats up nearly $90 million from the last budget estimate earlier this year, and an increase of $274.5 million higher than the $484.7 million projected in the Legislative Fiscal Bureaus 2013 re-estimates in January. Word of the better-than expected balance, which doesnt take into account the hundreds of millions of...
  • Pay to See Senator Speak

    08/21/2013 9:18:55 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 4 replies
    WNDU.COM ^ | 8-21-13
    " U.S. Senator Dan Coats has canceled a trip to Michiana. The senator was supposed to speak in Elkhart at a Lerner Theater reception on Wednesday. But The Elkhart Truth reports that business in Washington, D.C. is keeping him away. Those who registered for the reception should have been contacted Tuesday about a refund.
  • Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Widespread (Durham scheme reaches several states, federal returns)

    04/29/2013 4:04:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 4/29/13 | Don Carrington
    DURHAM A stolen-identity tax refund scheme uncovered by a Durham retiree in March apparently is so widespread that one federal official has described it as the No. 1 tax scam for 2013. Its called SIRF, stolen identity refund fraud, and it affects an untold number of innocent taxpayers, costing the federal government billions. It relies on two weaknesses in the operations of the Internal Revenue Service: its desire to get returns to taxpayers quickly, and a timing gap in how it deals with employees and employers. In short, criminals file fake tax returns in the name of a taxpayer,...
  • A False Start to Tax Season

    02/01/2013 9:26:05 AM PST · by bgill · 4 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | Jonnelle Marte
    Technically, the IRS kicked off tax season Wednesday a week later than expected, as a result of Congresss 12th-hour deal but tax pros say it could be weeks before many Americans can actually file their returns. The various changes to the tax code forced payroll departments to hold off their end-of-year accounting. A fair number of taxpayers still havent received their W2s, experts say. Those who need to file Form 8863 to claim credits for higher education wont be able to file until the middle of February, after the IRS finishes updating its processing systems, officials said Monday....
  • Hoosier workers to get $111 come tax time

    11/22/2012 6:44:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    Northwest Indiana Times ^ | Nov 22, 2012 | Dan Carden
    Hoosier workers to get $111 come tax time 18 hours ago Dan Carden, (317) 637-9078 INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosier income tax payers each will receive $111 next year as Indiana returns a portion of its $2.15 billion budget reserve to its citizens. Gov. Mitch Daniels on Wednesday announced the value of the taxpayer refund created by lawmakers in 2011 to ensure the state's reserve funds never get too big. Under the law, a refund is automatically triggered when the reserve tops 10 percent of the next year's budgeted spending. "Better that these dollars remain in the pockets of the...
  • Tax Refund Fraud Victims Getting LeftBehind (Still waiting for 2011 Refunds)

    10/17/2012 10:31:23 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 4 replies
    CBSMiami ^ | Oct 17, 2012
    Identity theft, tax refund scams are really no less than a tsunami that is barreling towards us, said U.S. attorney Wifredo Ferre... For victims like South Dades Lauri King, waiting for help from the Internal Revenue Service is getting harder. She still doesnt know when the agency may get around to mailing out her refund... King filed her tax refund seven months ago. She expected to get her refund a few months later, but continues to wait for the IRS to finally act... Just two weeks ago, I mentioned to my husband, did we ever get our IRS refund and...
  • Arizona Tax Defier Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Fraud and Tax Conspiracy

    08/10/2012 10:22:22 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | Friday, August 10, 2012 | Un-Named,
    Office of Public Affairs, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE; Richard Kellogg Armstrong, 77, of Prescott, Ariz., was sentenced today to 108 months in prison plus an 660 day prison term and $1,021,500 of fines. Plus $1,678,834 and forfeit, two residences and a personal aircraft. (neither his wife nor dog has been shot) Armstrong was found guilty of one count of mail fraud, eight counts of filing false claims, three counts of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from mail fraud, and one count of conspiracy to defraud + 10 acts of contempt of court. The sentence in this case demonstrates that...
  • Spirit Airlines' boss calls complaints 'irrelevant,' says dying veteran should've bought insurance

    05/03/2012 1:42:07 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 56 replies ^ | 5-13-2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    The boss of Spirit Airlines isn't about to cave in to a dying former Marine, and he doesn't lose sleep knowing his company leads the industry when it comes to customer complaints, he told Thats an irrelevant statistic, Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza said when told his airline generates gripes at two-and-a-half times the rate of the next most complained about carrier. Spirit racked up 8.27 complaints per 100,000 passengers in January, while United finished a distant second-worst, registering 3.5 complaints per 100,000 fliers, according to U.S. Department of Transportation statistics. By comparison, Southwest notched just 0.2 complaints per 100,000...
  • Raleigh going after unpaid parking tickets (will intercept state income tax refund)

    12/24/2011 5:09:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    WRAL ^ | 12/21/11
    Raleigh going after unpaid parking ticketsUpdated: 6:41 p.m. Wednesday Raleigh, N.C. Hundreds of area residents are getting mail from Raleigh officials this week, but it's not holiday greetings. The city sent 4,000 letters Monday to people who have unpaid parking citations, and officials said more mailings are planned. The move is part of a new collection method approved last spring by the City Council. Effective Dec. 15, the city can intercept the state income tax refund of anyone with more than $50 in unpaid parking citations that are more than six months delinquent in order to pay off the...
  • Tea Party vs Occupy: Are Cities Guilty of Double-Standard? (How about a refund?)

    10/28/2011 6:14:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/27/11
    Tea Party vs Occupy: Are Cities Guilty of Double-Standard?Posted in Daily Dispatch Oct 27, 2011 Tea Party groups across the nation are accusing local and state governments of a double standard charging them fees to hold rallies in public parks, while allowing Occupy protesters to set up camp for free. I find it extremely frustrating and upsetting, said Colleen Owens, a spokesperson for the Richmond Tea Party. It is definitely a slap in the face. Owens is demanding a refund of about $10,000 from the city of Richmond, claiming her group was charged for rallies at Kanawha Plaza but...
  • Hundreds of people have obtained a refund of their union dues. You can to!

    02/14/2011 7:29:07 AM PST · by bilhosty · 26 replies ^ | unknown | unknown
    A new way to help American workers keep their working wages free. Under the 1988 Supreme Court decision Communications Workers of America v. Beck every member of a union is entitled to a full refund of their dues that are not directly used for representing them. Until now though, its been almost impossible for any member to find out exactly how much their refund should be. The process is simple. Choose your labor state from the list below. Fill out some basic information and UnionRefund will automatically generate a letter that you can print and mail to your union representative...
  • Good Question: Where's My Alabama Tax Refund?

    06/23/2010 2:04:52 PM PDT · by Fundamentally Fair · 26 replies
    WHNT Eyeball News 19 ^ | May 4, 2010 | Staff
    MONTGOMERY, AL - Have you gotten your state refund tax check yet? Many Alabamians haven't yet, and they're growing more impatient by the day. Barbara Moore of Athens wrote WHNT NEWS 19 to ask us to find out when the state will send refund checks to people who are waiting on refunds. "Some of us feel like we're being forgotten by the state," said Moore. "Can you get us a general idea when to expect what is due to us?" WHNT NEWS 19 is taking action to get the answer. We contacted the Alabama Department of Revenue, and workers say...
  • Why is my tax refund less than last year?

    04/17/2010 11:03:13 AM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 24 replies · 957+ views
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | April 17, 2010 | Bluegrass Pundit
    Many Americans have been asking the question, "Why is my tax refund less than last year?" This is true even for people whose income and deductions were similar in tax year 2009 to tax year 2008. For these people, the answer is simple. You have been scammed by President Obama and Congressional Democrats. Obama and Democrats were desperate to quickly pass the "Stimulus Bill" last year and convince Americans they were taking strong action to turn around the economy. One of the major elements of the "Stimulus" was a $400 tax credit for many Americans. Democrats decided to put this...
  • JP Morgan Paid $1.9 Billion For Washington Mutual And Now It Wants A $1.4 Billion Tax Refund

    03/24/2010 11:01:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 375+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 3/24/10 | John Carney
    JPMorgan Chase is negotiating with the FDIC for a tax refund related to its acquisition of Washington Mutual that could amount to $1.4 billion, The Wall Street Journal is reporting this morning. A little noticed change in tax law was incorporated into the extension of jobless benefits last year. Under the new rules companies can use losses to apply for tax refunds against earnings from the past 5 years--up from just 2 years before the change. It isn't just JP Morgan that is benefiting from the tax changes. The WSJ reports
  • Hughes County to get refund from Oahe irrigation

    01/22/2010 8:39:33 PM PST · by mrreaganaut · 1 replies · 187+ views
    Capital Journal ^ | Jan 19, 2010 | Bob Mercer
    PIERRE The mail should bring pleasant news this week about a controversial piece of South Dakotas past to the governments of a dozen counties and two water districts. Thousands of dollars in refunds will be flowing to them for taxes collected decades ago for the old Oahe irrigation sub-district.
  • Chip Kelly (Oregon coach) is a man of his word. Seriously.

    09/21/2009 9:31:51 PM PDT · by Domandred · 3 replies · 539+ views
    Every day should be Saturday ^ | 9/21/2009 | edsbs
    Tony Seminary is a 1996 graduate of the University of Oregon and a season ticket holder for the Ducks football team. He attended the Boise State game, and witnessed the loss to the Broncos and LeGarrette Blounts PunchGate up close and personal. After the game, Seminary wrote an email to Chip Kelly, and did what you may have dreamt of doing after traveling to watch your team put in an embarrassing performance on the road: he asked for a refund, and attached an invoice bureaucrat-style. From the original email: I was so angry with the game (even before the post-game...
  • Florida woman called 911 three times over MCDONALD'S chicken shortage...

    03/03/2009 1:59:17 PM PST · by rawhide · 73 replies · 2,888+ views
    MARCH 3--Angered that her local McDonald's was out of Chicken McNuggets, a Florida woman called 911 three times to report the fast food "emergency." Latreasa Goodman, 27, last Saturday called police to complain that a cashier--citing a McDonald's all sales are final policy--would not give her a refund. When cops responded to the restaurant, Goodman told them, "This is an emergency. If I would have known they didn't have McNuggets, I wouldn't have given my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble, but I don't want one." Goodman noted, "I called 911 because I couldn't get a...
  • Kansas budget crisis: State tax refunds on hold

    02/16/2009 1:21:17 PM PST · by KansasGirl · 26 replies · 2,087+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 2/16/2009 | David Klepper
    State tax refunds, Medicaid reimbursements and payments to local schools are all on hold because of a political showdown between Kansas legislative leaders and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. The Kansas Finance Council was to meet at 1 p.m. today to vote on whether to borrow $225 million from healthy state funds to cover expected payments to schools, state workers and taxpayers. The state did the same thing last December when it ran into a cash-flow problem.
  • Getting donations back from the McCain campaign

    12/19/2008 2:33:37 PM PST · by o2bfree · 54 replies · 1,254+ views
    Anybody know if its still possible to get a donation back from the McCain campaign? I made a $200 donation on Oct. 30th and want a refund. The reasons are obvious! If you know who I should contact to make this happen let me know. If you think its impossible let me know. Or if there is another thread on this, let me know that too. If you think I was crazy to make this donation in the first place, I would concur with your assessment!
  • IRS issued $1B in bad refunds in 2007

    10/30/2008 1:23:12 PM PDT · by mombyprofession · 16 replies · 522+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10-30-08 | Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON The government sent out more than $1 billion in fraudulent refunds last year and offered this explanation Thursday for the bad checks in the mail: The Internal Revenue Service has too few resources to pursue every tax fraud case. IRS investigators never even looked at an estimated $742 million in fraudulent refunds, according to a report by the Treasury Department office that monitors the agency. When they did identify an additional $264 million in bad refunds, it was too late to stop them from being issued. The report noted that the IRS must divide its limited resources among...
  • Buffett Suggests Edwards Supporters File Class Action Suit

    08/22/2008 6:45:19 AM PDT · by Renfield · 17 replies · 315+ views
    American Thinker blog ^ | 8-22-08 | C. Edmund Wright
    In an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box," billionaire Warren Buffett suggested that donors to the John Edwards for President Campaign might consider filing a class action lawsuit. "I think if I had given him money I'd probably be asking him for it back now" quipped the investor icon in a half serious, half joking manner. "I think if I were Edwards I might give up a haircut or two and return some of the money....if they (donors of the smaller amnounts) had known the facts they woudn't have sent him the money." Buffett's main problem with Edwards was the fact...
  • Sex toy punter feels a dummy

    01/16/2008 11:47:08 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 12 replies · 146+ views
    The Sun ^ | 16 Jan 2008 | VINCE SOODIN
    RETAIL bosses may have to issue bizarre health warnings on its clothing mannequins - after a punter said he got his MANHOOD trapped in one. The man, 31, rang officials at an online firm to whinge that he got part of himself stuck in a 24mm hole on a female display bust. The unnamed customer from Doncaster, South Yorks, had ordered the display mannequin over the internet mistakenly thinking it was an adult sex toy. He had to use a pair of heavy duty scissors to cut the dummy and set himself free. Cheekily instead of feeling a right dummy,...
  • Clinton to Return $850,000 in Donations Raised By Norman Hsu

    09/10/2007 4:48:58 PM PDT · by MamaLucci · 12 replies · 729+ views
    Fox News ^ | 9-10-07 | unknown
    WASHINGTON Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign said Monday it will return $850,000 in donations raised by Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, who is under federal investigation for violating election laws.
  • IRS Announces Refund of Telephone Taxes

    08/31/2006 10:18:10 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 38 replies · 1,723+ views ^ | 8 31 06 | MARY DALRYMPLE
    WASHINGTON (Aug. 31) - Consumers can claim a standard $30 to $60 refund next year for a tax on long-distance telephone calls that the government declared invalid, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday. Telephone customers had been paying the 3 percent federal excise tax on local and long-distance service. The government this month stopped collecting the tax on long-distance calls after businesses repeatedly fought the tax in court and won. Next year, consumers can use their 2006 tax returns to claim a refund on long-distance telephone taxes paid since March 2003. The standard refund starts at $30 and increases by...
  • $250m tax rebate deadline looming (MA)

    06/17/2006 7:00:46 AM PDT · by MAexile · 229+ views ^ | June 17, 2006 | Stephanie Ebbert
    Massachusetts taxpayers have just two weeks to recoup some $250 million in capital gains taxes they paid under a 2002 tax increase that was struck down by the courts, but some accountants and tax advocates say the state has not done enough to alert taxpayers to the impending deadline. About 157,000 of the state's 3.3 million tax filers qualify for a refund, which would average about $1,600. The deadline to file is June 30; the payments will be made, without interest, over a period of four years.
  • IRS owes $2 billion-plus in refunds from 2002

    02/23/2006 7:01:44 PM PST · by spintreebob · 7 replies · 346+ views
    Taxpayers who have fallen behind on their paperwork -- way, way behind -- have a $2 billion incentive to get caught up. The IRS owes more than $2 billion to more than 1.7 million people who never filed tax returns for 2002. Half could get checks worth more than $570. To collect the refunds, taxpayers must file a 2002 tax return before this year's April 17 filing deadline. The IRS urges taxpayers to check their records and seize the opportunity to claim their money. The IRS gives people three years to claim a refund before it becomes the property of...
  • Injured Soldier Made to Pay for Body Armor [Actually, he's getting a refund]

    02/08/2006 4:47:33 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 21 replies · 772+ views
    AP ^ | 2/8/06 | Allison Barker
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A former soldier injured in Iraq is getting a refund after being forced to pay for his missing body armor vest, which medics destroyed because it was soaked with his blood, officials said Wednesday. First Lt. William "Eddie" Rebrook IV, 25, had to leave the Army with a shrapnel injury to his arm. But before he could be discharged last week, he says he had to scrounge up cash from his buddies to pay $632 for the body armor and other gear he had lost. Rebrook, who graduated from West Point with honors, said he was...
  • AMC theaters' 'Cinderella' guarantee: Don't like the movie? You'll get your money back

    06/30/2005 8:35:01 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 7 replies · 367+ views
    reuters/cnn ^ | 6/29/05
    In a rare marketing ploy, the No. 2 U.S. movie theater chain, AMC Entertainment, is offering a money-back guarantee for boxing picture "Cinderella Man," hoping to boost interest in the struggling film amid a record box-office slump. Advertisements offering on-the-spot refunds to AMC patrons unhappy with the film began running June 24 in newspapers and on the exhibitor's Web site (, AMC spokeswoman Pam Blase said Tuesday. The ads, welcomed by the film's distributor, Universal Pictures, say in part: "AMC believes Cinderella Man is one of the finest motion pictures of the year!" Blase said AMC provides occasional rebates to...
  • Some state tax refunds held back

    03/23/2005 4:05:34 PM PST · by X-USAF · 19 replies · 1,427+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | 3/23/2005 | AP
    ALBANY - The state is withholding tax refunds to more than a million New Yorkers who filed early, officials said Tuesday. State Department of Taxation and Finance spokesman Thomas Bergin told the New York Post that state officials put an annual cap on refunds to be paid out before April 1. This year's cap was set at $960 million. The tax department is holding back $717 million in refunds until April 1 as New York struggles with its finances, the Post reported. The state has sent out 1.6 million refunds totaling $900 million so far this year. An estimated 1.3...
  • IRS just told me it's double-checking EVERYONE's return if the refund exceeds $2500.00

    02/17/2005 11:05:17 AM PST · by Salgak · 63 replies · 2,935+ views
    The Infernal Revenue Service ^ | Feb 17, 2005 | Self
    This morning, I checked my bank account online, to see exactly what my pay was this week (I'm hourly, so it varies), and to my very pleasant surprise, my refund from the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Taxation was there as well. . .3 days after they accepted my electronically-filed return. So I **THEN** hit the IRS Website, link above, to check status on my Federal Refund. And got an interesting response: it told me to CALL the IRS, give a specific extension, and reference a certain code-number. I did so. The IRS person who eventually answered (~5 minutes on...
  • Paypal apologies (vanity)

    10/27/2004 6:09:35 PM PDT · by Lokibob · 14 replies · 296+ views
    email and web site | 27 Oct 04 | paypal
    Recently, the PayPal site had technology issues that may have hindered your ability to conduct business using PayPal. To show our appreciation for your continued business, we're going to credit you for PayPal transaction fees incurred on October 28, 2004, between 12:00:00 AM PDT and 11:59:59 PM PDT. You don't need to do anything to receive your credit. We'll add up the transaction fees you accumulate, and send a credit to your PayPal account by November 25, 2004.
  • California DMV Says Refund Checks (for Davis car tax) Will Be in the Mail Friday

    01/28/2004 1:13:45 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 278+ views
    ABC News 10 ^ | Jan. 28, 2004 | ABC News10
    Vehicle License Fee refund checks will go out Friday, the Department of Motor Vehicles announced this morning. Over the next two months the DMV will send out refunds totaling $4.7 million to Californians who registered their cars in the summer and fall of 2003. Last summer, the state budget deficit triggered an enormously unpopular three-fold increase in the VLF. When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected in October's recall election, the first thing he did when he took office was to repeal the increase. The DMV said this morning the first checks should arrive in mailboxes by early next week. The...
  • Fed-Ex Processors Scam

    06/09/2003 9:28:52 AM PDT · by God is good · 8 replies · 310+ views
    WCPO ^ | 05/19/03 | John Matarese
    REFUND RECOVERY SCAM Reported and Web Produced by: John Matarese Updated: 05/19/03 09:15:21 WITH THE ECONOMY ON THE ROPES, AND JOBS HARD TO FIND, YOU MAY BE LOOKING TO MAKE A LITTLE EXTRA CASH. AND IT SEEMS A LOGICAL PLACE IS RIGHT ON YOUR HOME COMPUTER. "I am deluged, I mean deluged. To make money at home on your computer. You dont have to do anything, you sign up, they do everything for you." JAN MATTHEWS GETS E-MAILS EVERY DAY PROMISING HER RICHES IF SHE'S ONLY JOIN THE LATEST WORK AT HOME PROGRAM. SHE SAYS MANY ARE OBVIOUS SCAMS. "Hi...
  • CA: State will get huge energy refund ($1.7 billion from El Paso Corp.)

    03/21/2003 8:28:45 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 190+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/21/03 | Dale Kasler
    <p>In the largest refund stemming from California's energy crisis, El Paso Corp. agreed Thursday to pay $1.7 billion to settle charges that it manipulated natural gas prices in 2001.</p> <p>The settlement includes $900 million in free natural gas for California over 20 years. It also includes cash to California utility ratepayers, various Southern California cities, the states of Nevada, Oregon and Washington and some private entities.</p>
  • Reliant agrees to refund $13.8 million to California

    01/31/2003 5:16:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 225+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/31/03 | Mark Sherman - AP
    <p>WASHINGTON(AP) - Reliant Energy agreed Friday to refund $13.8 million to settle claims that employees withheld power for two days to drive up prices in California, the latest evidence that energy companies manipulated the state's power supply, federal energy regulators said.</p>