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Indiana’s one-stop online business portal hits milestone

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — INBiz, Indiana’s online portal for registering and managing business, has reached a new milestone of 200,000 active users as of July 31. INBiz helps new businesses get properly registered and help already existing businesses stay up-to-date. Business owners can handle a variety of state and local reporting requirements in one […]

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Lawmakers mull earlier unemployment loan payoff, could save firms $300+ million

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state is on track to pay back $2.2 billion in federal unemployment loans in May 2016 – roughly four years earlier than originally projected. And a key lawmaker says that payoff could happen yet this year – a move that would save Hoosier businesses some $327 million in […]

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Bill to give employers, employees more leeway over paycheck deductions passes House

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Certain work-related fees, including cost of uniforms and required education costs, could be taken out of employees’ paychecks if a bill that passed the Indiana House on Monday becomes law. Instead of requiring employees to pay out of pocket, House Bill 1469, authored by Rep. David Ober, R-Albion, allows […]

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Advocates rally for religious freedom bills; committee postpones votes

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 200 people came to the Indiana Statehouse on Monday to rally for the rights of businesses and schools to observe their religious beliefs without government intervention. They say that faith-based companies should not be forced to provide services to people if their values conflict with their own […]

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House backs off Pence plan to cut higher ed tax credit; mulls expensive break for businesses

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House is dropping one unpopular part of Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed tax overhaul – and another key section is in jeopardy. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said Thursday the House won’t grant the governor’s wish to eliminate a tax credit for Hoosiers who donate money to universities […]

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Tax ‘simplification’ bill raises plenty of questions

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers are considering legislation that would eliminate $21 million in annual tax cuts for businesses and individuals, bolster a break for the working poor, and expand a sales tax exemption for businesses. House Bill 1349 is meant to simplify the state’s tax system while remaining revenue neutral, meaning the […]

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Retailers renew push for Sunday alcohol sales

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Jeri Ford studied the wine selection Tuesday in an aisle of a downtown Marsh grocery, a few feet away from where retailing heavyweights had minutes before announced a renewed push for Sunday carryout sales of alcohol in Indiana. Ford is one of the 52 percent of Hoosiers – according […]

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Study group: Eliminate personal property tax for small business

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – About half of all Indiana companies would stop paying property taxes on the value of their equipment under a recommendation a legislative study committee made Wednesday. The group’s chairman – Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek – said those firms might be required to pay a modest fee to help […]

Analysis: Local government skepticism about tax plan to be expected

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Analysis: Local government skepticism about tax plan to be expected

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence pitched his plan to phase out the property tax on business equipment in a long letter to local officials packed with data intended to make the case for his controversial proposal. But it will be a tough case to make to the people trying to […]

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Bill would create one-stop website for business owners

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A website billed as a one-stop shop for business owners would be created under a House bill that would combine information from three state agencies. “It builds off of current legislation by making our businesses have a single point of contact with the state a lot more complete,” Rep. […]

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