Taxes

Daniels reputation on line with Indiana's $205M tax error

April 5, 2012
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has built a national image as a persnickety fiscal manager with an eye for detail, but two massive accounting errors that have tilted Indiana's books by more than half-a-billion dollars threaten to tarnish that reputation as the popular Republican prepares to leave office.
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Indiana officials step down after $205M in local taxes mishandled

April 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The head of Indiana's Department of Revenue and two other officials are resigning after $205 million in local option income taxes were not distributed to counties. Marion County will get an extra $41 million from the oversight.
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Brainard seeks deal on maxed-out TIFRestricted Content

March 31, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard might relinquish his political trump card in an effort to refinance some of the $240 million in debt that’s weighing on the city’s tax-increment finance districts.
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Indiana tax revenues concern Senate budget leader

March 6, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Senate's budget leader says a two-month shortfall in state tax revenues won't threaten plans for directing more money toward full-day kindergarten programs and victims of the state fair stage collapse.
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Talks continue on Indiana tax, spending plans

March 6, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are working toward final agreement on several tax and spending issues in the last days of this year's legislative session.
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Indiana senators approve state fair, education money

February 29, 2012
Associated Press
State senators allocated more state money for victims of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and full-day kindergarten as part of a broad spending plan approved Wednesday.
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Indiana House votes to phase out inheritance tax

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana House on Tuesday approved a 10-year phase-out of the state's inheritance tax that now brings in about $160 million a year.
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Johnson County weighs pros, cons of wheel tax

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
After five years, members of the Johnson County Council will need to decide whether to keep the wheel tax in place. The fee has collected more than $13.8 million total for local governments.
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Deals expected on Indiana inheritance tax, tax refund

February 27, 2012
Associated Press
Budget leaders in the Indiana Legislature are nearing agreement on plans for phasing out the state's inheritance tax and changing the automatic taxpayer refund so that it could only be triggered every other year.
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Couple accused of tax fraud turning the tables on stateRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Greg Andrews
Real estate investor Chris Marten and his wife, Janice—a longtime Carmel jeweler—charge in a new federal lawsuit that investigators trampled on their constitutional rights during the inquiry, which resulted in 28 criminal charges.
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Councilor seeks review of city's TIF-district strategyRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Cory Schouten
Brian Mahern, a Democrat on the City-County Council, plans to propose a study commission to examine the effectiveness of TIF districts, how property tax caps will affect them, and ways to increase transparency for the complicated financing vehicles.
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Indiana tax collections below target for January

February 7, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's state tax collections came in slightly below projections for January, the first monthly shortfall since the new state budget year began last July.
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Should Indiana phase out inheritance tax?Restricted Content

January 28, 2012
Supporters of new legislation say the wealthy shouldn't have to leave the state to avoid the tax.
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State's gambling jackpot starts to shrinkRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana casinos saw their take from gambling fall in 2011, and new competition in Ohio and perhaps other neighboring states virtually guarantees things will get worse from here.
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Indiana Senate to consider changing tax-refund plan

January 19, 2012
Associated Press
An Indiana Senate committee is advancing a plan to put more money into state savings accounts before automatic tax refunds go out to taxpayers.
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Indiana reaches online sales tax deal with Amazon.com

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Amazon.com will begin collecting Indiana's 7-percent sales tax from customers in 2014 under an agreement with the state announced Monday.
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Indiana lawmaker: Online tax could replace estate tax

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
State Sen. Luke Kenley is floating the idea of using an online sales tax to help replace revenue that wouldn't be collected if a proposal to eliminate the state's inheritance tax becomes law.
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Budget official: State was warned about tax collections

December 14, 2011
Associated Press
Democrat Erik Gonzalez of the state's budget-forecasting committee said his panel warned the Indiana Department of Revenue something was wrong with corporate tax collections two years before the state discovered it misplaced $320 million.
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Complex accounts made it easy for state to miss $320M

December 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana House and Senate Democrats say they want an investigation into how the money went missing for so long. They submitted a letter to the state's budget forecasting committee requesting an independent audit of the state's finances.
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Daniels says state discovers extra $300 million

December 6, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels says the state budget will see a one-time cash infusion of $300 million from tax collections that weren't properly transferred into the general fund.
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EDITORIAL: State can't afford to lose online sales taxRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
The risk is that requiring online retailers to remit the sales tax will chase them away. We think the potential payoffs are worth taking the chance.
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After hiking taxes, Illinois now considers easing them

November 30, 2011
Associated Press
Less than a year after raising personal and corporate income taxes, Illinois officials are pushing a $250 million package of tax breaks for several prominent businesses threatening to leave for more tax-friendly states, including Indiana.
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Indiana retailers making push for online sales tax

November 29, 2011
Associated Press
A new coalition of Indiana retailers is planning a lobbying push aimed at convincing state lawmakers to force online businesses to collect the state's 7-percent sales taxes from customers.
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Study: State loses millions annually in online sales taxes

November 22, 2011
Scott Olson
The report from the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute says the state loses $40 million to $114 million every year in sales tax revenue from sales to online retailers such as Amazon.
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Homeless advocates pitch local sales-tax hike

November 15, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
CHIP, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, said it wants Marion County taxpayers to create a permanent, dedicated source of funding for housing and services.
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  4. Jim, your "misleading" numbers comment is spot on. This is the spin these posers are putting on it. News flash, fans: these guys lie. They are not publicly traded so no one holds them accountable for anything they say. The TV numbers are so miniscule to begin with any "increase" produces double digit "growth" numbers. It's ridiculous to think that anything these guys have done has awakened the marketplace. What have they done? Consolidate the season so they run more races on consecutive weekends? And this creates "momentum." Is that the same momentum you enjoy when you don't race between August and March? Keep in mind that you are running teams who barely make ends meet ragged over the summer to accomplish this brilliant strategy of avoiding the NFL while you run your season finale at midnight on the East Coast. But I should not obfuscate my own point: any "ratings increase" is exactly what Jim points to - the increased availability of NBC Sports in households. Look fans, I love the sport to but these posers are running it off a cliff. Miles wants to declare victory and then run for Mayor. I could go on and on but bottom line for God's sake don't believe a word they say. Note to Anthony - try doing just a little research instead of reporting what these pretenders say and then offering an "opinion" no more informed than the average fan.

  5. If he's finally planning to do the right thing and resign, why not do it before the election? Waiting until after means what - s special election at tax payer expense? Appointment (by whom?) thus robbing the voters of their chance to choose? Does he accrue some additional financial advantage to waiting, like extra pension payments? What's in it for him? That's the question that needs to be asked.

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