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Trap shooting: B-E looks for a return to state
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Alexandria Area Community Calendar
The day Curt Felt died
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Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
Steve and Karen Samek
Morken: A few tips for gaining hunting permission
CRP cap to rise in House version of 2018 federal Farm Bill
From sap to syrup
Public comment meeting on deer plan coming to Glenwood
Morken: What survey numbers tell us about the future of conservation
Mildred A. Schroeder
Eleanor (Briese) Mattocks
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LETTER: Switch to plant-based diet
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Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
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July 16, 2012
Tax delinquency list updated for liquor, wine and beer sales
The Minnesota Department of Revenue has updated its online posting of Minnesota businesses prohibited from purchasing liquor, beer or wine to resell. The department updates the list each month to reflect companies that have failed to pay taxes to the state. The department posts...
July 16, 2012 - 11:45am
July 15, 2012
Angel Tax Credit Program celebrates second anniversary
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Angel Tax Credit Program has attracted more than $126 million in private investments for small and emerging companies in the state since the program was launched two years ago in July 2010. In 2012 alone, over 100 businesses have received funding from over...
July 15, 2012 - 4:44pm
July 14, 2012
IRS expands program that helps taxpayers make fresh start
The IRS has expanded its "Fresh Start" initiative by offering more flexible terms to its Offer-in-Compromise Program. These newest rules enable some financially distressed taxpayers to clear up their tax problems even quicker. An offer-in-compromise (OIC) is an agreement between...
July 14, 2012 - 12:40pm
July 5, 2012
Minnesota Department of Revenue part of nationwide program to collect sales tax more efficiently
As part of on-going efforts to promote compliance and cooperation with businesses in other states, the Minnesota Department of Revenue highlighted information released by the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board. Since 2005, sales tax collected from sellers registered through the...
July 5, 2012 - 3:29pm
June 21, 2012
Department of Revenue offers tips for property tax filers
Every year, thousands of qualified taxpayers do not file for property tax refunds. As property tax filing season heats up this summer, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is offering tips to filers to improve accuracy and help process returns more quickly. The tips are part of an...
June 21, 2012 - 3:18pm
Department of Revenue makes online credit/debit card payments easier
Starting July 1, the Minnesota Department of Revenue will make it easier for taxpayers to make tax payments with credit or debit cards. The department has switched to a new vendor, Value Payment Systems, to handle these payments through a new website - www.payMNtax.com. Paying online...
June 21, 2012 - 11:31am
June 15, 2012
LGA payments contained in tax bill signed by Governor Dayton
Governor Dayton has signed a small tax bill that contained a provision Representative Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, co-authored regarding local government aid (LGA) payments to the city of Hoffman.
June 15, 2012 - 12:00am
May 8, 2012
What you can learn from your tax return
Tax time may be over, but before you store your return in the attic, take a moment to review it. According to the Minnesota Society of CPAs (MNCPA), you'll find that you can discover a lot about your financial situation and identify changes that will improve your tax outlook before...
May 8, 2012 - 11:39am
May 7, 2012
Say what? How to make sense of tax jargon
Watching political speeches, debates and Sunday morning talk shows can be like trying to watch a foreign film without subtitles. What are they really saying? What is a tax loophole? What do they really mean by corporate tax reform?
May 7, 2012 - 12:35pm
April 22, 2012
Best ways to spend your tax refund: Spend small, save big
Waiting by the mailbox for your 2011 tax refund? Or maybe you've already received it and are trying to decide what to do with it. Last year, the average tax refund was just over $3,000. Although it might be tempting to dash out and buy a brand new, shiny something or other, curb...
April 22, 2012 - 10:08am
April 16, 2012
IRS seeks volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel
The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key issues, and makes recommendations for improving IRS service. "TAP members give the IRS insights from every...
April 16, 2012 - 11:07am
April 14, 2012
Before spending your tax refund: Six tips to consider
Do you spend weeks each spring eagerly anticipating your income tax refund? When the money finally comes in, is it gone tomorrow? You're not alone. Many consumers view tax refunds as unplanned bonuses, but it makes more sense to plan for that new chunk of change so it doesn't go to...
April 14, 2012 - 4:00pm
Tips for avoiding common errors as income tax filing deadline approaches
With the April 17 deadline looming, the Minnesota Department of Revenue offers some helpful tips for taxpayers to avoid common mistakes when filing their income taxes. To ensure accuracy and a faster refund, the department encourages individual taxpayers to electronically file their...
April 14, 2012 - 3:47pm
March 23, 2012
Brace for a tax increase
Information impacting your pocketbook will be in the mail next week. Douglas County will send out nearly 30,000 assessment notices and tax statements starting Monday. The "assessment notice" is the document that advises all property owners of the valuation and classification assigned...
March 23, 2012 - 12:00am
March 15, 2012
IRS encourages small businesses to check out health care tax credit
With business tax-filing deadlines fast approaching, the Internal Revenue Service is encouraging small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees to check out the small business health care tax credit and then claim it if they qualify. The recently-revamped...
March 15, 2012 - 10:47am