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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Dehesa, Calif. For three decades, former Marine-turned-Rastafarian Joseph Diliberti has lived on his three acres of paradise deep in rural eastern San Diego County: building clay dwellings, playing his flute, reading Thoreau ("I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately") and radiating peace and harmony. But six years ago when the local fire district sent him a bill for $27,552 for cutting down what firefighters characterized as fire-prone weeds on his property, he declined to pay, just as Thoreau refused to pay his delinquent poll taxes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge cut off a man convicted for his role in the 2007 shooting death of an infant near MacArthur Park as he briefly claimed his innocence at a sentencing hearing Thursday. Juvenal Cardenas Mejia -- a  longtime gang "tax collector" who helped set up the shooting after a vendor refused to pay $50 in "rent" for operating in a gang's territory -- was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A bullet fired in the attack struck 3-week-old Luis Angel Garcia in the heart.
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NEWS
April 16, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Are you getting an income tax refund? The Internal Revenue Service says the average refund will be about $3,000 this year, a nice chunk of change to put down on a deferred or impromptu vacation. Here are my picks for making the most of whatever Uncle Sam gives you, even if it's nothing at all. Big refund: Go far, without spending a lot. Friendly Planet Travel [(800) 555-5765] offers a seven-day trip to Tokyo starting at $1,599 per person and a 14-day trip to Thailand starting at $1,919 per person.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A gang "tax collector" who helped set up 2007 shooting in a bustling Los Angeles shopping district that claimed the life of a 3-week-old boy was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Juvenal Cardenas Mejia, 40, was the last of seven defendants convicted in the  shooting near MacArthur Park. "It's been a long time," Deputy Dist. Atty. Victor Avila said this week. "Now, finally the last defendant that participated in this murder is being held accountable.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - An elected state tax collector wants to save strapped California motorists money by freezing the sales tax on gasoline whenever the pump price jumps above $4 a gallon. The idea, said George Runner, a Republican member of the State Board of Equalization, is to put a few bucks back in consumers' pockets rather than provide a small windfall to local governments. Gasoline prices in California averaged $4.33 on Wednesday, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Amazon.com Inc. for years has fought state efforts to force it to collect sales taxes from its customers. Now, instead of battling the tax man, the company is looking to profit — by hiring itself out as an Internet tax collector. In an abrupt about-face, the company is now offering to handle sales-tax chores for merchants who sell products through its site for a fee equivalent to 2.9% of the taxes collected. The optional service, which is set to roll out Feb. 1, will be offered to Amazon's third-party vendors in all 50 states.
OPINION
February 24, 2003
Re "County Owes Him a Home," editorial, Feb. 19: Everyone seems so surprised by the fact that Terrell Dotson's home was sold and he didn't understand why. While his experience is extreme, it is by no means surprising to those of us who have ever tried to resolve a problem with the L.A. County tax collector. In my own case it was a fairly simple situation: the county had failed to credit my account, although it had cashed my check. I wrote to the department four times over the course of a year but could never get a response.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1994
Raymond Walker, Ventura County's treasurer and tax collector during the 1960s, died Saturday. He was 89. Born on a farm in Saticoy, Walker was known as "Stringy" to his friends because of his tall, gaunt appearance as a young man. Except for a stint in the Navy during World War II and two years working in Hollywood, Walker spent his life in Ventura County. He started working for the county as a motorcycle police officer in 1932, then went to work as a security officer at Warner Bros.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1997 | PAT EATON-ROBB, ASSOCIATED PRESS
After 13 years as tax collector in the tiny western Connecticut town of Warren, Barbara Wasley decided she wanted to retire and spend more time with her garden and her grandchildren. The town hasn't let her go easily, however. After two elections, voters just can't seem to agree upon her replacement. Both elections have ended in a tie. On Nov. 4, Republican Irene Moore and Democrat Joanne Tiedmann each collected 169 votes. A special election was held Nov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1995 | ERIC WAHLGREN
The heat is off. The Ventura County tax collector's office confirmed Tuesday that an Oxnard real estate speculator has paid the $107,420 he owed the city in back taxes and penalties, halting foreclosure proceedings. Donald T. Kojima obtained a private loan to pay for overdue assessments on a 41-acre east Oxnard parcel he sold to the city last year in a $5.32-million, land-swap deal.
OPINION
December 20, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
Critics of the capital-gains tax are absolutely correct when they say that a tax on capital hurts the economy by reducing the incentive to save and invest. They say the same thing about the tax on investment interest, and they're right about that too. Unfortunately, this is true of every method of taxing capital. When you tax something, you discourage whatever it is you're taxing. That is the tragic nature of taxation. But if you want to spend, you've got to tax something, and if you're spending a lot more than you're bringing in, then you have a problem.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
UPDATED 4:34 P.M. SACRAMENTO -- The tax man is coming for a visit. The California Board of Equalization announced Monday that it's sending inspectors to retailers and businesses in 34 state ZIP Codes to make sure their sales tax and business license documents are in order. The visits also have an educational purpose: to answer questions about how the state sales and use tax functions and provide advice on how to collect the levy more efficiently. The good news about the inspection program is that nearly all of the affected businesses are correctly following the law, said board Chairman Jerome E. Horton.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Tuesday is April 17, and you know what that means. Perhaps you don't.  This year, it means tax day.  It also means free curly fries at Arby's, two-for-one sandwiches at Mickey D's and the chance to polish off your fast food meal with two mini Cinnabons, gratis. Just contemplating it may give you a pre-tax day stomachache. As The Times reported Friday, with April 15 on a Sunday, taxpayers won a reprieve from the dreaded traditional filing day. Then, Monday is Emancipation Day, when Washington -- including the IRS -- takes a holiday to mark President Lincoln's signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862.
NEWS
April 16, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Are you getting an income tax refund? The Internal Revenue Service says the average refund will be about $3,000 this year, a nice chunk of change to put down on a deferred or impromptu vacation. Here are my picks for making the most of whatever Uncle Sam gives you, even if it's nothing at all. Big refund: Go far, without spending a lot. Friendly Planet Travel [(800) 555-5765] offers a seven-day trip to Tokyo starting at $1,599 per person and a 14-day trip to Thailand starting at $1,919 per person.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - An elected state tax collector wants to save strapped California motorists money by freezing the sales tax on gasoline whenever the pump price jumps above $4 a gallon. The idea, said George Runner, a Republican member of the State Board of Equalization, is to put a few bucks back in consumers' pockets rather than provide a small windfall to local governments. Gasoline prices in California averaged $4.33 on Wednesday, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Amazon.com Inc. for years has fought state efforts to force it to collect sales taxes from its customers. Now, instead of battling the tax man, the company is looking to profit — by hiring itself out as an Internet tax collector. In an abrupt about-face, the company is now offering to handle sales-tax chores for merchants who sell products through its site for a fee equivalent to 2.9% of the taxes collected. The optional service, which is set to roll out Feb. 1, will be offered to Amazon's third-party vendors in all 50 states.
NEWS
August 4, 1996 | STRAT DOUTHAT, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Call it an excess of compassion. After 18 years as tax collector in this quiet farming community, Wanda Stula stepped down, tearfully confessing that she has often forgiven the interest on delinquent property taxes for the elderly and the poor. "I did it out of compassion," she said. "I was trying to do good." The Board of Selectmen confronted Stula after a disgruntled property owner complained that her own request for a tax break was turned down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1985 | Ray Perez \f7
An intruder smashed a glass door with a concrete steppingstone to break into the unguarded Orange County tax collector's office early Monday but apparently fled without stealing anything of value, authorities said. County Tax Collector Robert Citron said the intruder tried but failed to get into the vault in an inner office but was able to take only a few coins from desks ransacked at the office in the Santa Ana Civic Center complex. Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2010 | By Jack Dolan and Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
A business owned by California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and his family owes the federal government more than $100,000 in taxes, according to a lien filed against the property by the Internal Revenue Service earlier this year. It is the ninth time since 1992 that federal, state or local tax collectors have resorted to liens against the Santa Maria Republican's family farm in an effort to compel payments totaling more than $240,000, public records show. Federal officials filed the lien April 13, two weeks before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger swore in Maldonado as the state's second highest-ranking public official.
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