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June 9, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau
Facing continued public skepticism about the new healthcare law, President Obama traveled to Maryland on Tuesday to tout the distribution of $250 rebate checks for senior citizens who hit the so-called doughnut hole in Medicare's drug coverage, one of the law's first benefits. At the same time, the president announced a new initiative to cut in half the amount of waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare program by the end of 2012 — an ambitious goal that would require the federal government to recover as much as $18 billion.
Oklahoma, indicating that it's willing to boost financial incentives to compete for film and TV work, is offering filmmakers what its governor calls "the most generous filmmaking package in the country" through a 15% rebate of costs incurred while on location in the state.
Americans who get a check for $300 to $600 under the big tax cut approved by Congress a week ago can keep the money even if they don't pay income taxes this year. That includes people who died last year. The IRS estimates it will send 95 million rebate checks starting in July under the tax cut legislation, which President Bush is expected to sign this week. The bill says checks sent to people who don't pay any taxes this year don't have to be repaid.
February 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Microsoft Corp. said Friday that it is discontinuing a $400 rebate to new subscribers of its MSN Internet access service, an offer aimed at rapidly building its user base but one that analysts say has hit it in the pocketbook. The software giant instead will offer one free year of MSN to buyers of new personal computers. It expects the new deal will enable it to continue to add at least half a million subscribers each quarter, said Bob Visse, lead product manager for MSN marketing.
January 15, 1988
The state controller's office has mailed the last batch of 135,000 tax rebate checks, completing the distribution of a $1.1-billion state surplus to 11.15 million taxpayers. The state withheld a total of $38.5 million in refunds to 350,000 people who owed the state back taxes or delinquent child support payments. More than 150,000 checks were returned to the controller's office as "undeliverable," Davis said.
June 11, 1997 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
City Councilman John W. Hedges is proposing to share among residents a rebate that the city expects on its recycling bill. Hedges proposed the idea last year, when he was mayor, but was overruled. This year, he's trying again. The city, he said this week, is expecting a large rebate from the state. And rather than see it spent on a new project, Hedges said, he would like to see every property owner in the city get a share. "I want to return all or part of it," he said. City Manager Kevin J.
The city has received a rebate of almost $1 million on its liability insurance premium, which officials say will be used to offset budget cuts in all city departments. The $982,000 rebate came from the Authority for California Cities Excess Liability Program, a 6-year-old insurance cooperative composed of 12 medium-size California cities of which Anaheim is a member. The cities pool their resources to provide each member with insurance coverage on losses of more than $1 million.
December 8, 2009 | By Karen Klein
Dear Karen: I have heard that companies that "go green" are eligible for tax credits. How do I qualify? Answer: Installing solar energy systems, new lighting, insulation and energy efficient upgrades at your company can help you qualify for rebates, tax credits and property tax exclusions. Participating in California's Million Solar Roofs Initiative may qualify your company for a 30% federal tax credit and various utility rebates. Los Angeles County and California in general have been at the forefront of green initiatives since the 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act, said Dan Fuller, a partner who specializes in green energy at accounting firm BDO Seidman.
February 14, 2008 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
About 20 million Social Security recipients and other Americans who aren't required to file tax returns will need to do just that if they want to get rebate checks under the economic stimulus package signed into law Wednesday. The Internal Revenue Service said it would conduct a sweeping program to publicize the requirement to file a return, but some experts said many people eligible for rebates would fall through the cracks.
September 11, 1986
A recent City Council decision has made many low-income elderly and disabled tenants eligible for rebates on monthly rental surcharges from the city's Rent Stabilization Department. Tenants who are disabled or over age 62 are eligible for a rebate if their annual household incomes are $10,000 or less (one wage earner) or $11,500 or less (two wage earners). Those who qualify will receive a $48 refund of the surcharge that tenants pay landlords over the year.
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