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NEWS
July 28, 1988
In one of the largest state tax-evasion cases to reach court in the Los Angeles area, the owner of two Long Beach restaurants pleaded no contest last week to a charge that he failed to pay $400,000 owed to the Franchise Tax Board. Jimmy Contos, owner of the Golden Star restaurants on Pacific Coast Highway and on Carson Street, was accused of underpaying his state taxes for 1983 and 1984, tax board spokesman Jim Reber said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1999 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
Failure to pay at least $120,000 in state taxes has sent a Woodland Hills woman to jail for six months. Gloria Jean Hines-Loiseau, 48, who ran the now-defunct Pillows, Pearls & Gifts in North Hollywood, surrendered in Van Nuys Municipal Court on Thursday to begin serving her sentence, authorities said. She must also pay all taxes owned the state Employment Development Department and complete three years of probation, authorities said.
BUSINESS
September 1, 1991 | ALICE M. RIVLIN, ALICE M. RIVLIN is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington
State government finances are a national crisis. The federal government should help, but not by sending money. The states need some common taxes, collected centrally and shared on a formula basis. Common shared taxes tw would strengthen state revenue systems and simplify life for taxpayers, especially business taxpayers. State governments across the country are battling huge deficits by cutting services, laying off workers, reducing benefits and increasing a hodgepodge of taxes and fees.
BUSINESS
August 27, 1995 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI
Q: I am a California resident who will soon begin working in Japan for at least a year. Will I have to pay taxes to the state on my income while abroad? -- S.K. * A: The answer depends on how long you will be out of California and whether you intend to return to the state after your stay in Japan.
NEWS
September 15, 1987 | JESS BRAVIN, Times Staff Writer
As the governor and many legislators congratulated themselves over negotiating a state tax rebate, Supt. of Public Instruction Bill Honig on Monday condemned the plan as "a major mistake," predicting that he and Gov. George Deukmejian will have an "honest confrontation" over the state spending limit when they meet Thursday for the first time in six months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2009 | Evan Halper
The average Californian's taxes would shoot up five different ways in the state budget blueprint that lawmakers hope to vote on this weekend. But the bipartisan plan for wiping out the state's giant deficit isn't so bad for large corporations, many of which would receive a permanent windfall. About $1 billion in corporate tax breaks -- directed mostly at multi-state and multinational companies -- is tucked into the proposal.
BUSINESS
August 10, 1989 | From Associated Press
Taxpayers paid 7% more in state taxes in fiscal 1988 than they did in the previous year, the government reported today. The Commerce Department reported that state tax revenues totaled $264 billion in the year ending June 30, 1988, compared to $246 billion in the previous fiscal year. California had the largest total state tax revenue, $36 billion. Tax collections in Hawaii, Montana and Oklahoma posted 20% gains each, the department said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The state launched a Web site Wednesday from which 4 million Californians are eligible to file their income tax returns for free. The Franchise Tax Board's new Web site, www.ftb.ca.gov, allows free filing for taxpayers who use the state's simplest and shortest tax form, the 540 2EZ. Electronic filers must download a worksheet, do their own calculations and log back onto the site to file.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1989 | AMY PYLE, Times Staff Writer
A former radio talk show host from Mission Hills was sentenced to six months in jail Friday, and his wife received three years probation for failing to file state tax returns on more than $400,000 they earned from 1982 to 1985. Willard and Evelyn Jenkins, who had pleaded guilty to the charges in September, were also ordered to pay more than $101,000 in taxes and interest not paid since 1979, when they stopped filing returns.
NEWS
December 28, 1992 | Associated Press
You can't escape death or taxes, the adage goes. But Alaska residents come closest to disproving the part about taxes. Alaskans don't pay state levies on income, sales or inheritance, so they enjoy the lowest taxes of any state, Money magazine says in its annual state-tax ranking. New Yorkers pay the most. The ranking compares taxes in the 50 states and the District of Columbia on a typical two-income family of four that subscribes to Money.
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