Taxes, Fees & Fines

Cash-Strapped NYC Fines Man $2,000 -- For Not Watering Beehive?

Posted July 15th, 2011 by Deslock Darkstar
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It’s a new one in the annals of city government. The cash-strapped Bloomberg administration has mounted a “sting operation” against city beekeepers — ticketing a Douglaston man an unbelievable $2,000 for not watering his beehive.

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Amazon seeks ballot measure to undo California tax

Posted July 13th, 2011 by Deslock Darkstar
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Amazon.com Inc has taken the first step toward asking California voters to repeal a new law requiring websites that forward shoppers to it to collect sales tax, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney general said on Monday.

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Cat Owners Hiss at San Diego Licensing Proposal

Posted July 13th, 2011 by Deslock Darkstar
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Cash-strapped San Diego considers tax for cats! Cat owners say the idea defies logic and accounting principles.

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Yankees Fan who Caught Derek Jeter Ball may be in Pickle with IRS

Posted July 12th, 2011 by deserthethen
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Fan that cause Derek Jeter's 3000th hit may get stuck with huge IRS bill

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CA Charges Rural Property Owners Add'l $150 Fee for Firefighting

Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law a $150 annual wildfire protection fee for property owners in rural areas of California. The Democratic governor announced that he signed the bill, ABX1-29, to ensure rural property owners pay their share of the state's wildland firefighting costs, citing it is essentially a fee for service. Brown's finance spokesman, said the fee is appropriate because the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection provides an added benefit to rural property owners by attacking wildfires before they reach residential areas.

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83 Year Old New York Woman Ticketed For Using City Trash Can

Posted July 6th, 2011 by Sgt Jarhead
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Darbe Pitofsky, 83, said she was on her way for a cup of coffee around 6:30 a.m. on June 25 when she threw a brown bag filled with old papers in a city litter basket... She said a sanitation worker quickly jumped out of his vehicle and demanded her information to write a summons... She said the worker demanded a form of identification and threatened to “put her away” if she didn’t comply.

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Connecticut Increases 77 Different Taxes

Posted July 2nd, 2011 by pmfalcon
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According to a new tally by the Yankee Institute, the State of Connecticut will impose at least 77 separate tax increases over 24 categories as part of the changes recently made by the General Assembly.

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Amazon Associates Program in California Terminated

Amazon announced today that its Associates program is to be terminated in California, in response to a new sales tax bill that was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. "We oppose this bill because it is unconstitutional and counterproductive. Similar legislation in other states has led to job and income losses, and little, if any, new tax revenue.", Amazon said said in an email to (now former) California Associates.

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Kill a feral camel and claim a carbon credit

Posted June 10th, 2011 by s3b3k
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THE Federal Government in Australia is considering awarding carbon credits for getting rid of feral camels under an initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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Penny offense: Man fined for paying fee in pennies

Posted June 7th, 2011 by SoutheastLibert...
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No lucky pennies here: Police have charged Jason West, an aggrieved medical patient in Vernal, Utah, with disorderly conduct. His alleged crime? Attempting to pay a disputed medical bill of $25 entirely in pennies.

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