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  • State back on track with processing tax returns after scammers

    April 2, 2015 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state is back on track in processing income tax returns and getting refunds out to you. There had been some major delays after scammers filed more than 2,000 fake tax returns through TurboTax back in the beginning of tax season. The Louisiana Department of... more »
  • House bill could pin higher taxes on smokers Play Video

    April 2, 2015 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Smokers across the state could be taking a bigger hit to their wallet when they restock on their precious smokes in the future. To the chagrin of these nicotine enjoying taxpayers, the proposed House Bill No. 252, aims to increase cigarette taxes from $0.36 to $1.08... more »
  • Obama signs law on donations to slain NY officers' families

    April 1, 2015 5:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure allowing people to write off donations they made this year to the families of two slain New York police officers. Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Dec. 20 by a man... more »
  • Jindal health care budget has gaps, cuts, unsure financing

    March 25, 2015 1:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care spending plan for next year relies on more than $400 million in tax changes uncertain to win passage from state lawmakers. Even then, lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee were told Wednesday, the governor's proposal still has gaps in the Medicaid program... more »
  • Aerial mapping program coming to Livingston Parish Play Video

    March 18, 2015 3:56 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor showed off a new parish-wide mapping system to parish leaders, realtors and law enforcement Wednesday. The program will be public for anyone to use, but parish entities will benefit from the mapping system. It could provide an easier way to make... more »
  • A look at Jindal's proposal to close the $1.6B budget gap

    February 27, 2015 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has a $1.6 billion budget shortfall in the 2015-16 fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to close the gap with savings from lessened tax break spending, piecemeal financing and cuts across state agencies. Here's how Jindal proposes to address the shortfall: -Cap... more »
  • Here's why your La. tax refund will be late

    February 18, 2015 11:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has delayed issuing tax refunds by a week in light of fraudulent tax returns being filed across the country. The Louisiana Department of Revenue said Wednesday, it will begin issuing refunds on March 2. The state began accepting tax returns on January 20 and... more »
  • Taxes placed on Livingston May ballot

    February 12, 2015 11:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders approved putting two tax measures on the May ballot Thursday night. One is the second attempt for the fire department covering the Holden area. A tax renewal failed in December. The department believes low voter turnout and knowledge about the renewal caused the defeat. ... more »
  • Obama sending $4 trillion spending plan to Congress

    February 2, 2015 2:20 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $4 trillion budget that seeks to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations and use the extra income to lift the fortunes of families who have felt squeezed during tough economic times. The budget being proposed Monday would also ease... more »
  • ACA making taxes more complicated

    January 30, 2015 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Affordable Care Act is affecting the way many people file their taxes this year. It's one of the biggest changes to the tax code in decades and it's confusing even the professionals. The biggest change are two new forms: "1095-A," for people enrolled in... more »
  • Jindal says he'll suggest 'options' to reduce budget cuts

    January 28, 2015 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says his budget cut proposal for next year will be presented to lawmakers with a list of "options" for lessening some of the slashing. The state faces a $1.6 billion shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. The Jindal administration is considering state financing cuts... more »
  • Panel divided on how to reform film tax credit program

    January 15, 2015 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say Louisiana's generous film incentive program could and should be better designed to get the state a bigger return on its investment. They say the most recent estimates costs taxpayers about $170 million a year. On that point there was general agreement among five opinionated... more »
  • Social Security won't seize tax refunds to collect old debts

    January 12, 2015 2:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won't be seizing their tax refunds. Social Security suspended a debt collection program last spring in which thousands of people had their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments... more »
  • State lawmaker wants special session on budget, taxes

    January 6, 2015 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker from the Houma area wants his colleagues to convene a special legislative session to tackle Louisiana's continuing budget problems. Republican Rep. Joe Harrison sent a petition Tuesday to House and Senate members, asking for support to call a 14-day special session starting March 30.... more »
  • Old Perkins Road repairs, may hold some drivers up Play Video

    January 4, 2015 6:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Old Perkins Road will undergo construction this week, meaning at times the road will be down to one lane in each direction. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the project will begin Monday and go through Thursday. Lane closures will take place in the... more »
  • IRS says tax filing season to start Jan. 20

    December 29, 2014 9:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The IRS says taxpayers can start filing their 2014 tax returns on Jan. 20. The agency says tax season will start on time despite a last-minute tax law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. Earlier this month, Congress passed a bill extending more than 50... more »
  • La. police: Smoking ban would hit gambling halls

    December 18, 2014 1:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana regulators say $104 million in revenues and state fees might be lost over two years from Harrah's casino, a horse-racing track and video-poker halls if New Orleans enacts a widespread ban on smoking. After the New Year, the City Council will debate a proposed ban on... more »
  • Latest Louisiana tax amnesty period closes Friday

    November 14, 2014 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With a deadline looming, Louisiana's latest tax amnesty program was close to reaching its collection goal from delinquent taxpayers. The state's revenue forecasting panel was told Friday that as of midday, the program had collected $96 million. The program needed to bring in $100 million to keep... more »
  • Constitutional amendments explained Play Video

    October 29, 2014 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Voters will have to consider 14 constitutional amendments when they hit the polls next Tuesday, and with a three-minute time limit behind the curtain it could prove difficult to tackle the ticket without some studying ahead of time. Some of the amendments only affect the New Orleans... more »
  • Congressman's corp. loses Texas charter over taxes

    October 21, 2014 6:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A business co-owned by U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister has lost its right to do business as a Texas corporation after missing deadlines to pay state franchise taxes. Chris Ryan with the Texas Comptroller's Office said Tuesday that Texas Coastal Energy Co. LLC could have its corporate charter... more »
  • LSU to monitor flight spending Play Video

    September 22, 2014 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU is promising to monitor the purchase of plane tickets more carefully after an Inspector General's report showed the flagship university wasted $123,000 on unused airfare over the period of two-and-half years. The school wasn't the only state agency that was targeted in the report. The... more »
  • Regular post office hours for tax day

    April 15, 2014 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Post Offices in Baton Rouge are keeping their regular hours for Tuesday. Tuesday is the deadline to file federal income taxes. Those filing by mail have to have them postmarked by April 15. The IRS says many people don't realize that if you're owed... more »
  • Salt dome cavern owners getting audited Play Video

    March 18, 2014 6:19 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish Assessor M.J. Smiley Jr. says companies will get audited for not paying taxes on salt dome caverns. Smiley said they're looking at 20 unreported salt dome caverns in Ascension that belong to four companies; Cheveron, Exxon, Motiva and Shell. They're also looking into how many... more »
  • Taxpayers have more questions this season Play Video

    February 19, 2014 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This year a delay in state tax refunds and numerous new questions are causing headaches for taxpayers and more work for tax preparers. Steve Everly, the district manager of Jackson Hewitt, taxpayers in Louisiana can expect their refund money about two weeks later than usual. He... more »
  • CATS to consider spending thousands to lease new office space

    February 17, 2014 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Capital Area Transit System leaders will discuss leasing more office space for staff and extra parking spaces for additional buses at a meeting Tuesday. CATS, which is funded through a controversial property tax, is considering occupying one floor of Mid City Towers, formerly Dean Tower, a 14-story... more »
  • Residents speak out against St. George Play Video

    December 20, 2013 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some people who live the proposed area of St. George are voicing their concerns through a facebook page and website. "I'm worried about taxes going up in our part of the parish and not getting the level of services that we get being associated with the city... more »
  • Audit: State falls short in severance tax review

    December 2, 2013 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Revenue hasn't been making sure oil and gas companies pay all their severance taxes, according to a new audit. Legislative auditor Daryl Purpera says the state could be missing out on millions of dollars it is owed. Oil and gas severance... more »
  • Officials get update on debt collection

    November 21, 2013 8:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Efforts to set up a new office aimed at collecting state government's back-owed debts are underway in the Department of Revenue. The state's Cash Management Review Board receives an update Thursday on the creation of the Office of Debt Recovery. Lawmakers established the office in... more »
  • Assessor claims companies not paying up Play Video

    November 19, 2013 5:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Assumption Parish believes it's getting shortchanged by millions of dollars and wants the state to help make some companies pay up. After the Bayou Corne sinkhole opened, parish officials claimed some companies near the sinkhole were not reporting all of their taxable assets. The parish says... more »
  • Sinkhole reveals possible tax evasion Play Video

    November 13, 2013 6:16 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - The sinkhole in Assumption Parish uncovered some possible tax evasion, according to the parish assessor. An audit revealed some companies in the parish may not be reporting all the taxable assets. Parish assessor Wayne Blanchard, along with the parish, decided to audit the companies on the... more »
  • Proposed city in EBR explains funding Play Video

    September 24, 2013 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Organizers of the proposed City of St. George said taxpayers living within the boundaries account for 2/3 of the East Baton Rouge Parish tax base yet receive only 1/3 of the benefits. Multiple petitions are circulating to incorporate the south eastern part of the parish .... more »
  • Analysis: La. budget needs $200M from tax amnesty

    September 22, 2013 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana's latest amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers begins Monday, state officials are grappling with dueling concerns as they urge people to pony up what they owe. Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration need the program to help drum up $200 million in back-owed taxes to balance... more »
  • Higher shrimp import duties from 5 countries nixed

    September 22, 2013 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Shrimp processors have lost a call for higher duties on frozen shrimp imported from five countries - China, Vietnam, Ecuador, India and Malaysia. The U.S. International Trade Commission rejected the proposal 4-2 Friday, saying the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries failed to present strong evidence that the... more »
  • Livingston voters to decide on library tax

    September 21, 2013 11:10 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Voters in Livingston Parish will be asked to renew a property tax dedicated to the parish library system in a ballot measure set for April 2014. Bond attorney Jim Ryan told the Parish Council that the 10-mill property tax would be renewed for 10 years if... more »
  • Hunters scouting for tax free weekend Play Video

    September 5, 2013 3:10 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Today hunters were hitting hunting gear stores to scout what to buy this weekend when they'll save around 9 percent on state and local sales taxes. It's part of the state's Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday. The holiday runs Friday through Sunday. Business expect to be... more »
  • Parish leaders want voters to decide on sales tax for new jail

    August 12, 2013 10:39 PM

    AMITE - Parish leaders approved setting an election for a proposition to raise sales taxes to fund the construction of a new jail in Tangipahoa Parish. The current jail does not fit the needs of the parish, the sheriff said. He believes a lack of space is contributing to... more »
  • Questions raised after CATS passes audit

    August 12, 2013 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Auditors promise a new check of the books at the headquarters of the Capital Area Transit System will show irregularities in the accounting department, even though the latest audit from the state found no issue. CATS was awarded an "A" by the Legislative Auditor's office. The audit... more »
  • Lafourche officials want library money for jail

    July 5, 2013 12:25 PM

    THIBODAUX - Lafourche Parish officials say they may ask voters to decide whether taxes approved for the library system should go to a new jail instead. The Daily Comet reports that administrators and Parish Council members could have a proposal ready by the council's July 23 meeting. The cost for... more »
  • Man gets 8 months for failing to file income taxes

    May 23, 2013 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Former Denham Springs attorney Roderick Dewitt Aguillard III has been sentenced in Baton Rouge to eight months in federal prison after admitting that he did not file income tax returns on $2.3 million he earned over a four-year-period. Failure to file a federal income tax return is a... more »
  • New Roads disputes jury's road tax move

    May 22, 2013 10:15 AM

    NEW ROADS - The City Council has approved a resolution asking the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury to overturn a resolution it recently adopted seeking to raise the amount of taxes residents pay for street and road improvements. The council's action came at the request of Mayor Robert Myer,... more »
  • Video poker interests get organized

    May 5, 2013 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Video poker interests in Louisiana are organizing to fight possible taxes on the devices. The Advocate reports that's a chief goal of the new Louisiana Video Gaming Association. Organization president Stan Guidroz says video poker operators want to be sure legislators don't raise taxes on them... more »
  • Post office hours for late minute tax returns

    April 15, 2013 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The post office located at 8181 Bluebonnet Blvd will offer curbside collection in front of the collections boxes from 5:00 pm to 12 midnight. Customers can go to this location to drop off returns to receive the April 15th postmark. This is the only location... more »
  • E. Feliciana split over proposed tax to fund schools Play Video

    April 5, 2013 5:42 PM

    CLINTON - A tax proposal East Feliciana Parish residents will vote on Saturday has leaders torn down the middle. School Board Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. wants a $4 million proposed tax to raise money for the parish's struggling school system, which isn't meeting state requirements. "Even though we're... more »
  • Shoppers still spending at Tanger despite higher taxes Play Video

    April 4, 2013 4:17 PM

    GONZALES - People are still spending money at Tanger Outlet Mall, despite having to pay higher taxes. Shoppers are charged a 9.5 percent tax on what they buy at the mall, which is a cent more than in the rest of Gonzales. About 70 percent of each penny... more »
  • Web purchase tax included in Gov. Jindal's reforms Play Video

    March 19, 2013 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One option being considered for Governor Bobby Jindal's tax reform package is a blanket, income-based tax which would cover all online purchases. It's called a safe harbor plan, and Louisiana budget officials say other states have already adopted similar measures. The plan would let people make... more »
  • Jindal proposes $1.4B in new taxes on services

    March 15, 2013 2:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Your paycheck will grow larger, but in exchange, your haircut, cable TV and insurance bills will go up, if lawmakers agree to Gov. Bobby Jindal's rewrite of Louisiana's tax code. Jindal wants to do away with state income taxes, but he doesn't want to shrink the state's revenue... more »
  • Tax plan targets services Play Video

    March 14, 2013 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal's plan to reform the state's tax system and eliminate the individual income tax would also need to add taxes on some services for the first time. Traditionally, services like haircuts, landscaping, pet grooming and cable TV aren't taxed, but Jindal's plan would add the... more »
  • Where's my Louisiana income tax refund? Play Video

    February 27, 2013 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If you haven't received your Louisiana state tax refund, you're not alone. "I got my federal return pretty quickly," resident Elizabeth Crain said. "I've been wondering where my state return is." Crain isn't the only one wondering where her refund is. According to the state... more »
  • State has millions in unclaimed insurance money

    February 22, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Insurance is sitting on $255 million in unclaimed money, and some of it could be yours. The money comes from a surcharge tacked on to all homeowner's insurance premiums to fund Louisiana Citizens Insurance in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. ... more »
  • Tax return rejected after dependants wrongfully claimed Play Video

    February 7, 2013 6:33 PM

    HOLDEN - After her tax return was rejected two years in a row, mother of three Melissa Peavy says she's fed up. "I'm just angry," said Peavy. "I'm angry, not for myself, but for my children." Two of her children have been claimed as dependants on a stranger's... more »
  • Leesville accountant pleads guilty in tax probe

    January 30, 2013 6:31 AM

    LAFAYETTE - A Leesville accountant has pleaded guilty to failing to pay the proper amount of payroll taxes that his former employer owed the federal government. Sixty-year-old Larry Wayne Bruce faces a maximum sentence of six years in prison following his guilty plea Tuesday to two counts of failure... more »
  • Bill to avert fiscal cliff heads to House

    January 1, 2013 8:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - Now in the spotlight, House Republicans plan a closed-door meeting today to decide their next move after the Senate overwhelmingly approved compromise legislation avoiding a fiscal cliff of across-the-board tax increases and sweeping spending cuts to the Pentagon and other government agencies. The Senate endorsed the legislation early... more »
  • Boehner: No decision on accepting 'cliff' pact

    December 31, 2012 10:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team say they need to review a Senate pact that would increase taxes on incomes exceeding $400,000 before deciding to schedule a vote on the measure or try to change it. In a joint statement late Monday, House GOP leaders promised... more »
  • Deal reached on fiscal cliff

    December 31, 2012 8:32 PM

    WASHINGTON- The Associated Press reported late Monday evening, a deal was reached on taxes and other items involved in the so-called "fiscal cliff." The AP sites a Democratic aid. The report said the White House and the GOP reached a deal. Further details have not been released.... more »
  • House won't vote before midnight on 'cliff' deal

    December 31, 2012 3:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House will miss the midnight Monday deadline lawmakers set for voting to avoid the "fiscal cliff." House Republicans notified lawmakers that the chamber will vote Monday evening on other bills. They say that will be their only votes of the day. President Barack Obama and Senate Republican... more »
  • Obama cuts vacation short as 'fiscal cliff' looms

    December 26, 2012 6:43 AM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii, planning to leave for Washington on Wednesday evening as he and lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. Obama was expected to arrive in Washington early Thursday, the White... more »
  • Lawmakers see 'fiscal cliff' deal as elusive

    December 24, 2012 8:11 AM

    WASHINGTON - Lawmakers say it'll be time to get back to work when they and President Barack Obama return to Washington on Thursday following the Christmas holiday. Time is running out to avert the fiscal cliff of tax increases and domestic program cuts in January, and some members of... more »
  • Obama says he is 'ready and willing' to get deal

    December 21, 2012 10:20 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he is "ready and willing" to get a big package done to deal with the "fiscal cliff" and says there's no reason not to protect middle-class Americans from tax increases. Obama says he spoke Friday with House Speaker John Boehner and met with... more »
  • Boehner on averting fiscal cliff: 'God only knows'

    December 21, 2012 9:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says he's still open to talks with President Barack Obama on avoiding the double economic hit of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts but he needs Obama to compromise more. Boehner spoke to reporters Friday morning, hours after his rank-and-file Republicans handed him... more »
  • No vote in DC on taxes, fiscal cliff

    December 20, 2012 11:04 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Unable to round up enough support, House Republicans abruptly put off a vote Thursday night on legislation allowing tax rates to rise for households earning $1 million and up, complicating attempts to avoid a year-end fiscal cliff that threatens to send the economy into recession. In a... more »
  • Leading conservative says Obama will win tax fight

    December 13, 2012 10:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - A leading conservative who's resigning from the Senate is predicting that President Barack Obama will win the battle over raising taxes. South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint calls it "a political trophy" within Obama's grasp. He says, quote, "The president's proposal is not a plan, it's not a... more »
  • Property owners shell out hundreds more for CATS Play Video

    December 6, 2012 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Property tax assessments are going out in East Baton Rouge Parish, and owners living in the city limits of Baker and Baton Rouge can expect much larger overall contributions compared to years past. To see what you owe, click here . In the Riverbend neighborhood... more »
  • Sen. Coburn latest to suggest he could support higher tax rates

    December 5, 2012 4:04 PM

    WASHINGTON - Another Republican is breaking ranks with party leaders on the issue of tax rates. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says he could support President Barack Obama's demand for an increase in tax rates at upper income levels, as part of a comprehensive plan to cut federal deficits. Coburn... more »
  • Obama addresses CEOs, Native American leaders

    December 5, 2012 7:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama speaks to business leaders Wednesday morning amid the debate over how to avoid the fiscal cliff. Obama also plans to answer questions from members of the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies. The group has been urging... more »
  • Obama, Boehner seem far apart on fiscal cliff

    November 30, 2012 3:51 PM

    HATFIELD, Pa. - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner don't sound close to a deal to avoid that "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts due to hit in January. Boehner says negotiations are going "almost nowhere" right now. He says Obama's proposal to avoid the fiscal... more »
  • White House warns impending 'cliff' could hurt holiday spending

    November 26, 2012 3:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - As Washington gets back to work on avoiding the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that would take effect in January, White House economists are warning that the uncertainty facing U.S. taxpayers could cause consumers to rein in their spending during the current holiday season. The report... more »
  • Stocks open lower on new fiscal cliff warning

    November 26, 2012 9:57 AM

    NEW YORK - Stocks are opening lower after a warning from White House economists dampened what had been a huge weekend for retailers. Shoppers flooded stores in record numbers over the weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. The organization said 247 million shoppers visited stores and shopping websites... more »
  • Congress faces agenda of unfinished business

    November 12, 2012 2:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress returns Tuesday to a crowded agenda of unfinished business overshadowed by the urgent need for President Barack Obama and lawmakers to avert the economic double hit of tax increases and automatic spending cuts. One week after the elections, Republicans and Democrats face a daunting task in a... more »
  • Obama: Wealthy must see higher taxes under plan

    November 9, 2012 12:33 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says raising taxes on wealthiest Americans must be part of deficit reduction plan but says he is "open to compromise" and "new ideas." Obama says he will refuse to accept any approach that "isn't balanced." Obama says in his first public comments since the election... more »
  • Boehner says debt limit should be part of talks

    November 9, 2012 10:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner says any deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff should include lower tax rates, eliminating special interest loopholes and revising the tax code. Speaking to reporters Friday, the Ohio Republican insisted that changing the tax code and making it more efficient would lead to... more »
  • "Embarrassing" mistake almost led to no taxes Play Video

    October 29, 2012 4:16 PM

    BAKER - Residents in Baker almost didn't have to pay property taxes to the city this year after a paperwork mistake. The Baker City Council met today for an emergency meeting to clear up the mess. Some council members called it "embarrassing." Mayor Harold Rideau said new guidelines... more »
  • Group of major CEOs urges tax hikes, spending cuts

    October 25, 2012 1:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - CEOs from more than 80 major U.S. companies are pressing Congress to reduce the federal deficit by raising taxes and cutting spending. With a sea of red ink confronting the nation, the deficit and how to tame it has become a looming theme in the presidential campaign. The... more »
  • Half avoid taxes, get fed help but many not poor

    September 18, 2012 4:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney got the math about right when he said 47 percent of Americans pay no incomes taxes and are "dependent on government" for support. But he blurred together half or more of the entire country with his comment, from the neediest Americans to some of the richest.... more »
  • Obama responds to Romney's 'victims' comments

    September 18, 2012 4:52 PM

    NEW YORK - President Barack Obama is chiding Republican Mitt Romney for referring to supporters of the president as victims who depend on the government. Obama says anyone who wants to be president has to "work for everyone, not just for some." Appearing on the "Late Show" with David Letterman,... more »
  • Property values increase 2 percent in Ascension Parish Play Video

    August 20, 2012 6:18 PM

    ASCENSION - Some homeowners in Prairieville and Dutchtown can expect to pay higher property taxes since home values have increased since 2008. The Ascension Parish Assessors Office valued 3,400 homes this year, which is down from 2008. Property values went up by 2 percent, compared to 8 percent the... more »
  • Who pays health care law taxes

    August 9, 2012 7:51 PM

    The wealthiest 2 percent of Americans will take the biggest hit in higher taxes from the health care law upheld by the Supreme Court. Starting next year, the pain will start. It will be shared by some who aren't as well off as part of smaller tax changes to help... more »
  • Obama backs bill to exempt taxes on Olympians

    August 6, 2012 12:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama supports a measure that would exempt U.S. Olympians from taxes on their prizes. Press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that Obama would do "everything we can to support our athletes," including signing into law legislation introduced by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio... more »
  • House Democrats lose bid to hike taxes on wealthy

    August 1, 2012 4:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats have lost a bid in the Republican-controlled House to increase taxes on high-income earners and on people who inherit million dollar-plus estates. The Democratic plan, which was backed by President Barack Obama, fell to Republicans who insisted that a full package of Bush-era tax cuts be renewed... more »
  • Obama pitches tax cuts as pocketbook issue in Ohio

    August 1, 2012 3:22 PM

    MANSFIELD, Ohio - President Barack Obama says Republican Mitt Romney's economic plan would give tax cuts to the richest people in America at the expense of popular tax breaks for most everyone else. On a campaign trip in Ohio, Obama said Wednesday that Romney's tax proposal would force many people... more »
  • No property taxes this year in Pollock

    July 19, 2012 10:47 AM

    POLLOCK - Officials in the central Louisiana town of Pollock have agreed not to collect property taxes this year. The Town Talk of Alexandria reports that Mayor Jerome Scott asked the town council not to impose the town's 7.52- mill tax this year. Scott notes that the town is nearly... more »
  • Democrats, Republicans face off over tax proposals in the Senate

    July 10, 2012 1:39 PM

    WASHINGTON - The tax fight isn't just playing out on the campaign trail today -- it's also taking center stage in the Senate, where leaders of both parties are belittling each other's tax-cutting plans. Democrats today are trying to advance legislation that would lower taxes for companies that hire new... more »
  • Battle over East Feliciana Parish tax continues Play Video

    July 6, 2012 5:30 PM

    CLINTON - After five years of not collecting a 5 percent tax on businesses that repair machinery, some leaders in East Feliciana Parish want the money. Jon Craft's 40-year-old grapple repair company paid the tax on rebuilt and repaired items for years. But in 2007 six East Feliciana Parish... more »

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