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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - State lawmakers won't have to give up free Lakers tickets, Californians won't be able to bet on Dodgers games and Olympic medalists will probably not get tax breaks, after legislators shelved dozens of bills Thursday. Lawmakers also deep-sixed two proposals to regulate the controversial oil-extraction method known as fracking. The casualties included a measure by Sen. Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) that would have prohibited groups lobbying the Legislature from providing lawmakers with free sports and concert tickets, spa treatments, golf games and other gifts.
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BUSINESS
July 17, 2011 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I'm 25 and trying to maximize my tax savings and retirement contributions. I currently have two jobs: One is the typical salaried position with taxes withheld where I earn $45,000 a year, while the other is self-employed work I do on the side that grosses about $7,000 a year. Currently I have a Roth IRA that I max out and a 401(k) that gets the equivalent of 13% of my salary when combined with my employer's contribution. Given that I don't get a refund on April 15 and end up having to pony up a lot of money, is there a way for me to set aside my self-employment income into a retirement account such that I can just bypass all taxes on it, including payroll taxes?
BUSINESS
August 12, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON — Here's some encouraging news for financially stressed homeowners across the country: The Senate Finance Committee has approved a bipartisan bill that would extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act through 2013. Why is this important? Several reasons: The debt relief law spares homeowners who receive principal reductions on their mortgages from being hit with hefty federal income taxes on the amounts forgiven. Without it, millions of owners who go through foreclosure or leave their homes following short sales would experience even more financial stress.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2010 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
An eternal optimist, state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg believes he has found a solution to this summer's annual budget standoff. It's conceivable. He calls it "a pathway." Any pathway to a balanced budget, however, still seems like a long trek. We're now four weeks into a new fiscal year without a state spending plan. "We need a greater sense of urgency," says Steinberg, a Sacramento Democrat. No kidding. Also some courage by Democrats to cut more spending and by a few Republicans to raise additional revenue to close a $19.1-billion deficit hole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2012 | Steve Lopez
In March, when I wrote that the tax increase proposals by Gov. Jerry Brown and civil rights attorney Molly Munger were unimaginative if not doomed, I got an email from Munger. She did not agree, at least with regard to her initiative. "Unimaginative?" she wrote, inviting me to meet with her. This week, I decided to take her up on her offer after watching Brown admit that the financial mess he told us about in January was nothing compared to the mess we're in now. Frankly, I don't know how the January estimates were so far off the mark, with a $9-billion hole turning into a $16-billion hole in less time than it takes to grow tomatoes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2012 | By Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Some of the largest corporate interests in California have poured millions of dollars into an initiative campaign this year, as they have many times before. But this time, they're not asking voters to ease industry regulations or limit government power. Instead, they want approval of an $8-billion-a-year tax hike pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Since taking office more than 18 months ago, the Democratic governor has held dozens of meetings with such unnatural allies as oil companies, insurers and telecommunications interests that typically stand with Republicans, taking stock of their concerns and pitching them on the need for higher taxes.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
  A burgeoning underground economy is costing California about $7 billion annually in lost tax revenue and undercutting companies that play by the rules. That has state officials vowing to crack down on employers who pay their workers cash under the table to avoid payroll taxes, workers' compensation insurance and other government mandates. Agencies including the Employment Development Department and the Contractors State Licensing Board increasingly are coordinating efforts to target suspected scofflaws.
NEWS
August 16, 1986 | United Press International
The author of the book "Pay No Income Taxes Without Going to Jail" was sentenced to five years in prison Friday for helping clients cheat on their income taxes. Phillip Fry, 42, former owner of the Tax Information Center, a tax and financial investment service in New Concord, had pleaded guilty to fraud.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1988
I have just finished computing my California income taxes for 1987, and I am aghast at the results. Under the pretext of "conforming" California's income tax code to the Tax Reform Act of 1986, Gov. George Deukmejian and the California Legislature raised my income taxes by 65%! To obtain this increase, I calculated California income taxes on my 1987 income and deductions using the 1987 tax rates and rules and then a second time using the 1986 tax rates and rules. The result is an increase of $2,000 or 65%!
NEWS
January 29, 1990 | United Press International
A former Bronx judge who was among the youngest elected to the state Supreme Court was sentenced today to nine months in federal prison for using cocaine and evading income taxes. William Martin, 37, pleaded guilty in September to using cocaine before becoming a judge and also admitted evading income taxes on $90,000 in fees from clients.
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