Friday, April 12, 2013
State lawmakers have proposed four ways to fund transportation going forward.
Officials, legislators and members of the public have debated four plans unveiled during the course of the past two months all with one goal: Paying for transportation in Massachusetts for the foreseeable future. Writers of these plans are trying to find ways to pump as much money as possible into the system, while trying to avoid dramatic fare increases, tax hikes and fees. These are the plans in chronological order based on the time of their announcements: Writer: Gov. Deval Patrick, Mass. Department of Transportation Money: $1 billion Date of Announcement: Jan. 14, 2013 Gov. Deval Patrick unleashed “The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan” in Januray. The plan is an ambitious, multi-billion dollar budgetary proposal for …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Should the state forge ahead with Gov. Deval Patrick's bold plan to invest now? Or should it follow the Legislature leadership's proposal to address the bottom line before embarking on bigger initiatives?
Massachusetts legislators this week answered Gov. Deval Patrick's ambitious plan to raise $1.9 billion for transportation and education with a $500 million plan of their own, which says the governor is asking for too much, too soon as the Bay State shakes off the effects of the Great Recession. Who's right? Should the state forge ahead in a bold plan to invest now? Or should it cautiously address the bottom line before embarking on bigger initiatives? While Patrick's plan includes funding for both the state transportation system and increased education funding from preschool through college, House and Senate lawmakers eschew new revenue for education, focusing solely on closing the transportation budget gap over the next five years. The …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The program also allows users to develop their own plan and see its effects on their tax bill.
In an effort to further promote his proposed $34.8 billlion budget, Gov. Deval Patrick this week rolled out an online tool that would help families see the effect his plan would have on their bottom line. The tool was released less than a week after Patrick unveiled 400 online maps showing what each district would receive in transportation and education benefits under his tax plan. "We are proposing meaningful investments in education and transportation, and people want to know what that means for them," Patrick said. "Last week, with the maps, we showed what long-postponed projects would get done in each community. Now, with this tool, we show just what the costs or savings will be for individual households." The program not only lets …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Try to bring your prior two years tax returns and any tax notices you have received in that time. Don't forget your W-2’s and last pay stub for the year, too.
Ron Mutascio is a certified public accountant with a business office located at 415 Belgrade Ave., West Roxbury. He is providing tax tips - do you have a tax question that you would like him to answer? Leave a comment below this article or email email@example.com. Situation: When first meeting with a CPA, what should an individual bring i.e. documents, pay stubs, etc.? Mutascio: OK, so you have decided that doing your own taxes is worse than going to the dentist and you are looking for help. Choosing a CPA to do your tax work is a great choice. In my practice, a potential client usually calls me and asks the standard questions, 'Can you do it?', 'When can you do it?' and 'How much will it cost?' Before those questions can be answered, if …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Residents who worked in 2012 and earned less than $50,000 are eligible for this service, offered at sites around the city.
Need help preparing your taxes, but don't have money to pay a professional? The Boston Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition offers free tax preparation for Boston residents who worked in 2012 and earned less than $50,000. Sites around the city opened in January and will continue serving eligible residents throughout the tax season. The deadline to file federal income tax forms is Monday, April 15. The deadline to file Massachusetts income tax forms is Tuesday, April 16 (Monday is a state holiday, Patriot's Day). Boston EITC tax prep locations include: See the flyer above for a complete list of locations and details about what to bring with you for a tax prep meeting. For more information, call Boston EITC Coalition at 617-918-5275 or …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Standard deductions go up, but the ceiling for itemized deductions go down in 2013, plus other changes that will affect your taxes this year.
Tuesday, January 22
The Internal Revenue Service announced annual inflation adjustments for tax year 2013, including the tax rate schedules, and other tax changes from the recently passed American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The tax items for 2013 of greatest interest to most taxpayers include the following changes. Details on these inflation adjustments and others are contained in Revenue Procedure 2013-15, which will be published in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2013-5 on Jan. 28, 2013. Other inflation adjusted items were published in October 2012 in Revenue Procedure 2012-41.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Massachusetts Democrats in Congress want to avoid cuts in benefits as part of any deal, but proposals such as raising the eligibility age for Medicare are still on the table. What would you do?
As Congress negotiates a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" on Jan. 1, Massachusetts' congressional representatives have voiced their opposition to any cuts in benefits such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the Boston Globe reports. However, there are proposals still on the table that would change those benefit programs, including linking Social Security benefits to a more conservative inflation index that would slightly reduce annual increases, or raising the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67. The Globe reported that while the Bay State's legislators were united against changes to Social Security, there's some wiggle room on Medicare. Rep. Ed Markey opposes raising the Medicare eligibility age; Rep. Michael …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Boston Tax Plus won with one vote. Next week's Readers' Choice poll wants to know what's the best sporting goods store in West Roxbury.
It is entirely possible that West Roxbury residents do not wait until the last minute to file taxes? If so, this would account for why the Readers' Choice poll, asking where is the best place to go for last minute tax help, only received three total votes. Boston Tax Plus netted one vote, with two other votes going to "other" and by Patch regulations, the one business chosen wins! Next week's poll will ask you - What is the best sporting goods store in West Roxbury? If you have a favorite sporting goods store tell us in the comments section, so that we will be sure to include it in our poll.
Monday, April 2, 2012
April 17th is quickly approaching, and unless you're going on an extension, you got to file taxes - so where do you in the last minute for help in West Roxbury?
April 17 looms for many - as tax day 2012. This year April 15 falls on a Sunday and April 16 is Emmancipation Day in District of Columbia. But you've still got time to file your taxes and get tax help. So where in West Roxbury do you go for last minute help on your taxes? There are several options in this week's Readers' Choice poll. The Real Deal Deli took first easily in last week's poll asking what place serves the best sandwich in the neighborhood. In previous weeks, West Roxbury Patch has asked you where is the place to get the Best Breakfast in the neighborhood? And you chose the Rox Diner. Next we asked, who/what is the best dentist or dental practice and West Roxbury Patch readers chose Jack Rozanski DMD as the best dentist. We …