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Wyoming Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Wyoming has no personal state income tax. Most of the state’s revenue is generated by taxes on businesses, including sales tax. A recent change to the sales tax laws makes food for home consumption non-taxable.

The Wyoming House Enrolled Act 11 Section 325(d) was passed by the legislature and ... continue reading

Wisconsin Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Under the Wisconsin income tax laws, some lower income families with at least one child will qualify for the state earned income credit. You may qualify for an earned income credit, even if you had little or no wages earned during the year. The credit is paid as a tax ... continue reading

West Virginia Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Virgil T. Helton, State Tax Commissioner, today announced the Voluntary Compliance Program (VCP), a program that provides taxpayers who have participated in abusive tax shelters the opportunity to voluntarily come forward. The State Tax Department will be aggressively pursuing taxpayers that participated in listed transactions, which are tax shelters designated ... continue reading

Washington Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The State of Washington doesn’t levy a person income tax; however, it does tax a number of other activities in order to generate revenue. This includes business licenses, sales and use taxes, and “sin” taxes on alcohol and tobacco.

The sale, lease or rental of a motor vehicle licensed ... continue reading

Virginia Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The Department of Taxation offers free Internet filing of Virginia 760 income tax returns that is fast, easy and secure. The Virginia iFile system allows you to file your Virginia resident income tax return over the Internet. To use this free service, you must have filed a Virginia 760, 760PY ... continue reading

Vermont Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

It’s a cliché, but people who file early in the season really do get faster refunds. The state of Vermont operates a refund hotline to check the status of your refund. They recommend that you wait at least 6 weeks after filing before calling the hotline.

The biggest question ... continue reading

Utah Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Under the Utah State Tax Commission’s Bill of Rights, you have a right to have your problems resolved by Tax Commission employees in a quick, courteous, uniform and professional manner. Employees are evaluated on the quality of their contacts with you. 

Another basic right under the Utah income tax ... continue reading

Texas Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

While Texas has no state or local sales tax, there have been a number of changes to the Texas tax laws recently.

Governor Rick Perry signed into law House Bill 3, which was passed during the 79th 3rd Called Session in 2006. The bill revises the existing franchise tax ... continue reading

Tennessee Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

When most people talk about the Tennessee income tax laws, they are referring to the Hall income tax. Enacted in 1929, this tax on interest and dividends was originally called the Hall income tax for the senator who sponsored the legislation. The law can be found in Tennessee Code Annotated ... continue reading

South Dakota Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The South Dakota Business Tax Division administers and collects state and municipal sales, use and contractors’ excise taxes, which produce the largest portion of the state’s tax revenues. These revenues come from over 59,000 businesses that currently collect and pay sales, use and/or contractors’ excise taxes on their products or ... continue reading

South Carolina Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

According to the South Carolina Dept. of Revenue, it may take only 12 days to process your tax refund if you file electronically. Paper tax returns sent to the department may take up to 12 weeks to process. If you want a faster refund, file electronically.

South Carolina leads ... continue reading

Rhode Island Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

More taxpayers will be able to file their state income taxes electronically this year, under the Rhode Island Income tax laws. Rhode Island is broadening the criteria for returns eligible for E-File.

In past years, electronic filing was available only for taxpayers who lived in Rhode Island the entire ... continue reading

Pennsylvania Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

A Bethlehem man who failed to pay state sales tax collected from customers and file tax returns was sentenced to one year of probation, Secretary of Revenue Gregory C. Fajt said recently. 

The 34-year old owner of a Subway Restaurant located in Sinking Spring, pleaded guilty to charges under ... continue reading

Oregon Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Sometimes when a person gets divorced, they don’t realize that their tax situation changes, according to the Oregon Dept. of Revenue. In the stress of the divorce, they neglect to file a separate return, or don’t understand that they must. Once one year is missed, the taxpayer may become fearful ... continue reading

Ohio Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Ohio Tax Commissioner William W. Wilkins is urging taxpayers who have not yet filed their state income tax return to follow the increasingly large crowd and file electronically. Paperless returns are up by more than 100,000 compared to last year and Wilkins thinks the upward trend will continue.

The ... continue reading

Oklahoma Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

In many cases, you need not file a separate extension for your Okalahoma income taxes. If there is no additional state income tax due and you intend to file within the period granted by the IRS, the Oklahoma Tax Commission will honor the federal extension. Enclose a copy of the ... continue reading

North Dakota Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

If you need a copy of your North Dakota income tax return for a past year, you must request it in writing. The requires must contain all of these items:

Name and current address of taxpayer; Taxpayer’s social security number or federal employer identification number, if applicable; Description of ... continue reading

North Carolina Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The state of North Carolina offers a number of tax benefits specifically for members of the U.S. armed forces. These include extensions of deadlines for armed forces members in combat zones, and their spouses. The deadlines for filing tax returns, paying taxes, filing claims for refunds and any other actions ... continue reading

New York Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Andrew S. Eristoff has postponed all tax filing and payment deadlines for taxpayers who were adversely affected by the severe snowstorm in Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans Counties.

If you had an income tax extension to October 16 under the New ... continue reading

New Mexico Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

According to Jan Goodwin, Secretary of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD), the state is taking a closer look at non-residents who should be filing tax returns under the New Mexico income tax laws. Goodwin points out that many people benefit from funds raised by the New Mexico ... continue reading

New Jersey Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The Garden State has personal income tax that is higher than in many other states in the nation.

Under the New Jersey income tax laws, the state has 6 tax brackets that range from a 1.4% tax on an income of $20,000 or less. At the high end, those ... continue reading

New Hampshire Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

New Hampshire does not have a general sales tax or an income tax on an individual’s reported W-2 wages, so it’s a little misleading to talk about the New Hampshire income tax laws.  There are taxes on an individual’s interest and dividends income, inheritance, business taxes, consumer excise taxes and ... continue reading

Nevada Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Nevada is one of 6 U.S. states that have no personal income tax, so it’s a little misleading to speak of the Nevada income tax laws. Other states that do not levy any personal income tax include Alaska, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. Two states, New Hampshire and Tennessee, ... continue reading

Nebraska Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

You must file a Nebraska income tax return if you a) are required to file a federal income tax return and b) pay federal taxes. You also must file if you have $5,000 or more of Nebraska adjustments to federal Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), including non-Nebraska state and local bond ... continue reading

Montana Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Here’s one “Top 10” list that you don’t want to be on. The state of Montana maintains an online list of the individuals and businesses that owe the greatest tax debts to the state. The list of 154 individuals and businesses contains the names of those who owe $20,000 or ... continue reading

Missouri Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The state of Missouri maintains 8 Tax Assistance Centers that provide regional access to the Missouri Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation and Collection.  One of the services the Tax Assistance Centers provide includes free preparation of your Missouri individual income tax return. The centers also provide free assistance in ... continue reading

Mississippi Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

By far the most common question the Mississippi Tax Commission hears is, “Where is my refund?”  Here area a few of the common reasons that a refund has not been issued:

The refund is being held because of a prior year state tax liability There is an error on ... continue reading

Minnesota Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Here’s an interesting change to the Minnesota income tax laws. If you served in a combat zone or hazardous duty area anytime from Sept. 11, 2001 through Dec. 31, 2006, you may be eligible for a Minnesota income tax credit of $59 for each month that you served. These credits ... continue reading

Michigan Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

Any and all wages earned in Michigan are taxable, regardless of the worker’s residency status under the Michigan income tax laws. For example, college students who maintain residency in another state, must still file a Michigan tax return on any wages earned.

The only exception to this rule is ... continue reading

Massachusetts Income Tax Laws

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Posted by Tamara

The biggest question most taxpayers have is, “How can I get the fastest refund?”  The Massachusetts Dept. of Revenue (DOR) recommends filing early in the tax season, and filing electronically to receive the quickest refund. Taxpayers who use direct deposit for their refund report receiving them 10 to 14 days ... continue reading