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Tax amnesty set for Sept. 15-Nov. 16

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Delinquent state taxpayers will have a chance to pay up without penalty under a tax amnesty program that will take place this fall. Gov. Mike Pence on Monday announced the dates for the amnesty will be Sept. 15 through Nov. 16. The goal is to collect at least $84 […]

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Commentary: Sedated by the surplus

By Michael Leppert TheStatehouseFile.com “Sedated, we’re nursing on a poison that never stung…” –Hozier Hozier was in town Thursday night performing a summer, outdoor rock and roll show at The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. The Irish singer/songwriter mentioned multiple times during his set what a great venue it is. And […]

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Pence invites companies to relocate in a Wall Street Journal ad

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Wall Street Journal ad placed by Gov. Mike Pence is inviting three major companies to the Hoosier state in light of recent tax hikes in Connecticut. The invitation is directed at General Electric, Aetna Inc. and Travelers in a full-page ad. Last week the Connecticut General Assembly passed a […]

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To collect revenue, some states put tax scofflaws in virtual ‘stocks’

By Elaine S. Povich Stateline.org Almost two-thirds of the states – including Indiana – are punishing tax delinquents with a digital version of the Colonial practice of locking lawbreakers in stocks set up in the village square. It turns out publishing the names of tax scofflaws and the amounts they owe on the Internet works spectacularly […]

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State still working on details of tax amnesty program

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State officials haven’t yet determined when they’ll launch a tax amnesty program the legislature authorized last month – but they say a decision is coming soon. The eight-week program will let tax scofflaws catch up on taxes they’ve failed to pay through Jan. 1, 2013. Amanda Stanley, a spokesman […]

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Pence signs budget $31 billion, two-year budget bill

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com LEBANON, Ind. – Gov. Mike Pence signed a two-year, $31.3 billion state budget into law on Thursday surrounded by kids at Perry Worth Elementary School in Boone County. The bill means $460 million more for public schools and private school vouchers plus another $20 million in extra funding for charter schools. And […]

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Projections: Tax revenue will be $213 million less for next budget

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State lawmakers will have about $213 million less to spend during the next two years than they thought when they started working on the 2016-2017 budget. That’s a drop of less than 1 percent each year, according to a revenue forecast the State Budget Committee received Thursday morning. So […]

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Balanced budget amendment passed by House; awaits action in 2017 or 2018

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The proposed balance budget amendment that passed the House on Wednesday now must wait until 2017 for the General Assembly to approve it a second time. “By voting in favor of the balanced budget amendment, Indiana House members took an important step toward ensuring that the fiscal responsibility of […]

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Budget moves to conference committee; revenue forecast to determine final spending

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a two-year, $31.5 billion budget Wednesday but the plan is about to go under the knife. The Republican-written budget includes more money for K-12 schools, technical programs and state universities, with a particular emphasis on Indiana University and Purdue University regional campuses. But the proposal’s main […]

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Guest column: On ‘tax day,’ how to lower the income tax

By Eric Schansberg Indiana Policy Review We pay taxes every day. But for many people, April 15th represents “Tax Day” — the day when our income tax forms are due. Many people file their 1040’s sooner, particularly when they’re receiving refunds. They have allowed the government to keep too much of their money all year. […]

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