February 6, 2005 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1991
The American Medical Assn. has come out in support of a national health program ("AMA Officials Urge Insurance Coverage for All," front page, May 14). It has finally decided that the medical profession should act like the "humane" vocation it is supposed to be. A national program similar to the Canadian system would remove health insurance costs from companies that could pass some of that savings on to the consumer (who pays for it anyway). It would rid us of the mishmash of health programs supported by federal, state and local taxes and private organizations--programs overburdened with costly administrative staffs and paperwork.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1989
Incredibly, The Times has endorsed the 50% pay increase for Congress, federal judges, and top executive officials (editorial, "Washington Pay Day," Jan. 8). In its endorsement, The Times calls the increase "sensible and long overdue." Hogwash! Strangely, the endorsement is silent on the matter of perquisites (pensions, tax exemptions, allowances, medical benefits, and various other privileges and amenities). Consumer advocate Ralph Nader and former Sen. William Proxmire maintain that when the monetary value of these perquisites is added to the current salaries these positions are adequately compensated.
June 7, 1997 |
Merrill Lynch & Co., the nation's biggest broker, will expand operations in New York City, creating up to 2,000 new jobs, in exchange for $27.6 million in sales-tax exemptions. The 15-year deal, negotiated over three months, provides for $17 million in exemptions if New York-based Merrill maintains its city work force of 9,000, plus an additional $10.6 million if Merrill creates the additional 2,000 jobs, the city's Economic Development Corp. said.
July 11, 2013 |
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.
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.
May 20, 1997 |
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.
September 21, 1987 |
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.
October 13, 1993 |
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.