Thursday, February 14, 2013
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to offer advice to help answer tax questions.
Welcome to Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comment section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. It's time to file your taxes and Patch wants to help you find the answers to your questions, but we needed some help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:
Monday, February 11, 2013
Patch is looking for experts who can answer reader questions offer their expertise this week.
It's time to file your taxes, and Patch wants to help find the answers to some of your questions, but we need a little help. In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro" we need local experts who can answer readers' questions and offer advice. If you are a local tax professional and can answer reader questions in our comment section this week, let us know two ways. One: You can leave a comment on this post along with your email address. Two: You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need experts to answer questions on Thursday, Feb. 14. Curious as to what we are looking for? Take a look at some of our previous Patch Pro posts: So what do you say, who wants to be our expert?
Monday, February 4, 2013
While the Cooperating School Districts leader says school security plans are not a "one size fits all" proposition, he is advocating for changes that may require new taxes.
(Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.) One attendee at last week's Safe Schools Partnership meeting was Don Senti, former Parkway superintendent and executive director of the Cooperating School Districts (CSD). He said superintendents who are CSD members are opposed to arming school staffers to provide security for school children. The Parkway School District is a member of the CSD organization. (Read more on the CSD's stance on school safety in the PDF portion of this article.) "Providing security for our most precious resource should be in the capable hands of those professionals who are trained in the use of fire arms, and more importantly, who know when to use them," Senti said. "Therefore, we …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
One item on your April 2013 ballot might be a plan to raise sales taxes across St. Louis to pay for improvements in area parks and at the Gateway Arch.
When the April 2013 election arrives, you might be asked to vote on a potential hike to sales taxes in the city of St. Louis and both St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Keep this in mind. The increase would be 3/16 of one cent, and would help pay for improvements in area parks and at the Gateway Arch, among other things, reports the St. Louis Beacon. In a Dec. 13 article, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the money collected from the tax increase would be split in the following ways: The Missouri General Assembly approved the tax over the summer, but it still requires regional support across St. Louis, the Post-Dispatch reported. If lawmakers in St. Louis and both counties approve the issue, then it is expected to appear before …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The West County EMS and Fire Protection District stated in a news release that it's reducing the 2012 residential tax rate and rolling back the debt service rate.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The following information was provided by the West County EMS and Fire Protection District in a news release. The West County EMS & Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors has approved a 2012 residential tax rate reducing taxes by $0.0020 (cents) while setting a rate of $0.8960 (cents) per $100 assessed valuation to be distributed between general, ambulance, dispatch, pension and debt service funds. Additionally, the debt service rate is being voluntarily rolled back by $0.2040 (cents) per $100 assessed valuation. The West County EMS & Fire Protection District continues to have the second lowest residential tax rate of any fire protection district offering EMS in St. Louis County. "We realize the impact the economic challenges have …
Monday, July 23, 2012
A new law means St. Louis County business owners will be required to show proof they've paid their personal property taxes, or else.
A new legislation in St. Louis County could mean some extra steps and a little pinch for some West County business owners. Beginning on Sept. 4, the new law will prevent business owners from getting the permits and licenses they need in order to run their businesses if they haven’t paid their property taxes. “If you own a Saint Louis County-based company that’s delinquent on any of its personal property taxes, you won’t get any annual license or permit from us until you pay what you owe,” said Eugene Leung, Director of Revenue for Saint Louis County in a press release. He added that while the vast majority of companies who do business in the area pay their personal property taxes on time, there’s approximately $25 to $35 million in unpaid …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The IRS has extended the tax filing deadline to April 17.
Once again this year, the Internal Revenue Service is giving taxpayers extra time to file their tax returns, thanks to Emancipation Day. Last year, it was an extra weekend, this year, the IRS is extending the filing deadline to Tuesday, April 17. The IRS made the announcement Wednesday on its website. According to the press release, the deadline to file 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due is extended from April 15 to April 17 because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls on Monday, April 16. The IRS stated in the release that federal law requires District of Columbia holidays to impact tax deadlines the same as federal holidays do so taxpayers get the two-day extension. "It…
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Manchester Board of Alderman heard a billboard warning and addressed new pool repair problems Monday night.
BILLBOARDS Manchester has a city ordinance completely prohibiting billboards, but State Rep. Sue Allen, R-Town and Country addressed the Manchester Board of Aldermen Monday night to suggest the board might want to reconsider. Allen said she is concerned that a city such as Manchester that completely prohibits the billboards may be setting itself up for challenges of freedom of speech and property rights. The issue stems from House Bill 430 which lumps a number of transportation bills together. Allen said House Bill 430 would also eliminate complete prohibition of billboards within municipalities and not allow them to prevent customary usage. House Bill 430 was passed by the Missouri House and Senate in May, but then vetoed by Governor Jay …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The Town and Country Board of Aldermen discussed city tax rates, Clayton Road Trail construction and trash requirements Monday night.
Although deer management topped Monday night's Town and Country Board of Aldermen meeting, taxes, Clayton Road Trail construction and trash were also discussed. (Read Related Story: Two Town and Country Deer Management Plans Revealed) Board members discussed city property, sales and utility taxes. Currently residents in Town and Country do not pay a city property tax. Each year, cities across St. Louis County have to set their property tax rates and once again, the city is proposing the property tax rate be zero percent for the 2011 tax year. The city's property tax rate has been zero percent since 1996, City Clerk Pam Burdt tells Patch. The city is also reaffirming the city's business license tax rates, utility business license tax rates …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
After years of negotiations, Manchester moves forward with a new South Side Shopping District, despite complaints by aldermen that tax money collected for the shopping district is not being used properly.
On Aug. 11, the Manchester Board of Adjustment put an end to what has been years of negotiations with the South Manchester Transportation and Development District (SMTDD). The board, which handles zoning issues within the city, approved several variances to the city’s zoning law so the SMTDD could begin improvements to businesses in the strip mall directly across from the Manchester Highlands shopping complex. The district encompasses the area on the south side of Manchester Road between Highway 141 and Enchanted Parkway. Since its creation in 2006, the SMTDD has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales tax from shoppers in its district, according to Manchester board of aldermen minutes. Prior to the Aug. 11 meeting, Manchester …