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Fire districts across Arizona, mostly rural, say a lack of local funding has left them with staff and equipment shortages, which is why they are pushing for the extra sales tax in Proposition 310 that would benefit fire districts.

Prop. 310, a ballot question that would raise the Arizona state sales tax from 5.6% to 5.7% for the next 20 years with the new revenue distributed to the 144 fire districts in the state, would help fund vital emergency services but hit taxpayers that might not benefit from the services. Read more»

Since recreational sales began in January 2021, cannabis suppliers in the state have sold nearly $3.3 billion in product: medical accounts for about $1.1 billion and recreational is slightly less than $1.2 billion.

Arizona’s recreational marijuana marketplace has remained robust while the medical marijuana market continued its slide into irrelevance, according to the most recent reports by the Arizona Department of Revenue and Arizona Department of Health Services. Read more»

Unless the responsibility to amend the Model City Tax Code is transferred to another entity, there is no other government body that can perform the commission’s duties.

The failure of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican legislative leaders to appoint members to an obscure but technically important board that considers tax issues is causing big headaches for local governments trying to administer their tax codes. Read more»

Democratic senators voting against an amendment that said none of the IRS funding in the bill 'may be used to audit taxpayers with taxable incomes below $400,000,' stating the phrase 'taxable incomes' would have shielded 'billionaires' from paying their fair share of taxes.

Republican PACs are using an outdated Congressional Budget Office estimate to falsely claim in ads that Democrats voted to raise taxes by $20 billion on “lower- and middle-income families,” and further misleads voters by claiming the IRS will now go after servers and Uber drivers. Read more»

Republicans in state capitals across the country are targeting an investing concept known as environmental, social and corporate governance criteria they describe as “woke” and “misguided activism,” accusing investment firms of making decisions based on an alleged political agenda. Read more»

The group of U.S. House Democrats asking the chamber's leaders not to include environmental permitting changes in a stopgap spending deal this month comprises 76 members, including senior leaders of budget and spending committees and factions across the caucus' ideological spectrum. Read more»

Taxpayers most at risk of losing out on the Earned Income Tax Credit include those living in rural areas, without children, with limited English language skills, people with disabilities and Native Americans.

According to Internal Revenue Service data, 22% of taxpayers eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit didn’t claim it - missed funds that concern advocates because the credit is one of the country’s biggest antipoverty programs. Read more»

While some workers earn a premium in exchange for unpredictable assignments, blue-collar temps typically earn less than conventional employees and rarely receive paid days off, health insurance or retirement benefits.

The government gives hundreds of millions of dollars in Work Opportunity Tax Credits to temp agencies, even if the jobs they offer don’t lead to permanent employment - though lawmakers made it clear the credit should not be used for dead-end temp jobs. Read more»

The IRS might net about 30,000 new hires, as a result of the number of retirements and new funding.

Most new hires at the IRS will provide customer services and enforcement efforts will be aimed at “high-income and corporate tax evaders,” contrary to social media posts that claim the agency will hire “87,000 new agents” to investigate average citizens. Read more»

The Trump Organization's former accountant Allen Weisselberg, second from right, and his attorney Mary Mulligan, sit in a New York courtroom on Aug. 18, 2022. Weisselberg pleaded guilty to accepting more than $1.7 million in off-the-books compensation from the former president's company over several years, including untaxed perks like rent, car payments and school tuition.

Less than a week after a New York judge set a trial date for a tax-evasion case against the Trump Organization, Donald Trump’s longtime finance chief Allen Weisselberg pleaded guilty Thursday in Manhattan criminal court. Read more»

Year-to-date, the recreational excise tax has brought $177.3 million into the state’s tax coffers.

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona continue to crater as recreational sales remain robust, with sales of medical cannabis at slightly less than $45 million in May - while estimates from tax collectors peg recreational sales at $76.5 million. Read more»

Answering questions under oath on Wednesday, former President Trump reportedly invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination more than 400 times.

A New York state judge on Friday ordered Donald Trump’s company and his longtime money man Allen Weisselberg to stand trial in the fall on tax charges stemming from a long-running criminal probe into Trump’s business dealings. Read more»

The investigation dates back to the 2016 presidential campaign when Trump said that he could not release his tax returns because of an IRS audit.

Just one day after the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago home, former President Donald Trump suffered another loss Tuesday when a federal appeals court greenlit a House committee's request to seize his tax returns from the IRS. Read more»

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council speaking at the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.

40 members of Congress asked the IRS and Treasury to investigate an “alarming pattern” of right-wing advocacy groups registering with the tax agency as churches, allowing the groups to shield themselves and makes it easier to avoid audits. Read more»

The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. Read more»

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