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REAL ESTATE
February 6, 2005 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
Homeowners usually pay close attention to annual property tax bills and often struggle to decipher the details and fine print. Adding to the confusion, some receive solicitations in the mail from companies charging a fee for property tax services that homeowners can perform themselves for free. The Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor is cautioning homeowners to be wary of companies offering to file applications on the owners' behalf for a property tax or other exemption.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1991
The National Commission on Children recommended that families be awarded a $1,000 tax credit for each child, and also that single parents be guaranteed a government-paid benefit when absent spouses fail to pay child support. In May, the Supreme Court upheld a rule that federally funded family planning clinics may not give any advice or information about abortions. What is happening here? It appears that we are not only encouraging women to have babies, which they can ill-afford to nourish or educate, we are telling them not to worry.
NEWS
May 20, 1997 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court on Monday shielded private colleges, charities, research institutions and other nonprofit groups from losing their state tax exemptions because they serve a national clientele. On a 5-4 vote, the court struck down a Maine law that denied the usual property-tax exemption to schools and charities that serve children mostly from outside the state.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1987 | SAM JAMESON, Times Staff Writer
Parliament enacted a law Saturday that will eliminate the tax exemption for interest paid on savings accounts, a move long advocated by American economists and government officials as a way to encourage consumption and spur demand for imports in Japan. All the opposition parties voted against the measure, but the upper house completed action on the measure just before the end of a special session. The lower house had earlier adopted the same measure.
OPINION
July 11, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
A Michigan-based charity organization known as the Law Enforcement Education Program has spent a shockingly small amount of its money on programming over the last three years - 2.7% to be exact - and a shockingly large amount on fundraising and management. California's Shiloh International Ministries did not do much better, spending only 3.2% on programs. The same can be said for the American Medical Research Organization in Florida, which spent just 4.2%. Statistics like these, compiled by the Oregon Department of Justice, were the impetus for a new law making Oregon the first state to eliminate tax exemptions for charities that spend more than 70% on non-programming costs.
NEWS
October 13, 1993 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After decades of feuding, the Internal Revenue Service has granted the Church of Scientology and more than 150 of its corporate entities tax-exempt status, ruling that they are charitable, religious organizations entitled to be free from federal income taxes. Marty Rathbun, president of one of the Scientology organizations that received the tax exemptions, said the government sent 30 exemption letters to Scientology groups earlier this month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2000 | FRED GALVES, Fred Galves is a professor at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento
Critics have charged that Gov. Gray Davis' proposal to exempt teachers from state income taxes unconstitutionally singles out one profession for special and favorable treatment. If that is so, then someone had better tell the state Legislature and the U.S. Congress to rewrite most of their tax codes because they are replete with such targeted exemptions and subsidies.
NEWS
May 14, 2013 | By Joseph Tanfani, Richard Simon and Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- The growing scandal at the IRS stemmed from a confused staff and lax oversight, according to an eagerly awaited inspector general's report released Tuesday shortly after federal authorities began a criminal investigation into overzealous scrutiny of conservative groups that had applied for tax exemptions. The improper activities “were not influenced by any individual or organization outside the IRS,” auditors said they were told by IRS officials. Instead, the report painted a picture of an IRS unit based in Cincinnati, the main office for handling tax-exempt organizations, that adopted “inappropriate criteria” for deciding which applications to examine, without any review by senior managers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1995 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eager to maintain the city's increasingly tenuous hold on the entertainment industry, the Los Angeles City Council took the first step Wednesday toward offering a major tax concession that could save multimedia companies tens of thousands of dollars. The near-unanimous decision signaled the council's growing wish to be more business-friendly and its sensitivity to the city's slipping profile as the movie and entertainment capital of the world.
NEWS
January 29, 1992 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush on Tuesday embraced a range of issues dear to family and children's advocates, including creation of a Commission on America's Urban Families and new tax exemptions for dependent children. In his State of the Union address, Bush said the nation must "strengthen the family--because it is the family that has the greatest bearing on our future."
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