Iowa to give Microsoft millions in exchange for 86 jobs

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

A MYSTERY NO MORE: Microsoft has been revealed as the company behind Project Alluvion. The company will receive $18 million in sales tax rebates from the state to create 86 jobs.

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa— The Iowa Economic Development Authority has unmasked Project Alluvion, awarding $18 million in sales tax rebates for Microsoft to build a data center in West Des Moines.
Project Alluvion, you might recall, is the code name the city of West Des Moines used for a mystery company promising [...]

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IRS-Social Security seizure a ticking time bomb

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Iowa, IRS, National, News  /  No Comments

ILLEGAL? Questions abound over the Social Security Administration's use of the IRS to withhold tax refunds from children of deceased recipients.

The legal issue of garnishing money from the children of deceased parents remains legally contentious, and a senior senator is demanding answers from the agencies involved.

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IRS holds refunds to recover parents’ Social Security

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Iowa, IRS, National, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

SOCIAL INSECURITY: Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Plano, wants answers about withheld tax refunds.

On this April 15, and every other day, the IRS is seizing millions of dollars of alleged Social Security overpayments from children of dead beneficiaries.

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In Iowa, go to prom, get a tax credit

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

DANCE AND TAXES: In Iowa, some prom expenses qualify for a tax break under the  Tuition and Textbook Credit, because the state considers prom a textbook-related activity.
Photo credit: Joe-3PO

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MONIES, Iowa — Some of that huge sum your kid shamed you into blowing on prom is eligible for a state tax credit, although nobody is quite sure just what you can claim.
If you look as carefully into the Iowa tax code as Joe Kristan, a certified public accountant [...]

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Iowans, celebrate your ‘tax freedom’ on Sunday

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Iowa, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

Vermont single-payer initiative would require significant tax increases

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog

DES MOINES, Iowa — Forget about 13 being unlucky. April 13 is a lucky day for Iowans this year. It’s Tax Freedom Day.

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