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by DAVE McMILLION | January 20, 2006
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Referring to the move as "outrageous," Jefferson County officials on Thursday criticized a bill passed in the House of Delegates that will reduce the amount of tax people have to pay on vacation homes in the area. Vacation homes were taxed at a higher Class 3 commercial rate as a result of state legislation passed in 2003 dealing with tax issues, said Del. Bob Tabb, D-Jefferson. Now, there is an effort to return vacation homes to a Class 2 rate, Tabb said.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2012
On Jan. 14, H&R Block celebrated the opening of its three Hagerstown locations for tax season at 13120 Pennsylvania Ave., Foxshire Plaza at 1423 Dual Highway and in Valley Mall. Those attending the grand openings had the opportunity to talk to H&R Block professionals about tax tips, tax law changes, tax planning and other financial issues. The Pennsylvania Avenue and Foxshire Plaza offices will remain open until April 17, and the Valley Mall site will stay open until mid-July.
NEWS
February 17, 2013
An area resident recently submitted a question regarding how local restaurants are permitted to apply sales tax to orders when a customer uses a coupon, specifically a “buy one, get one free” offer. In an email, the woman said she has used “buy one, get one” coupons at several area restaurants, but one in particular applies sales tax to the full amount of the bill prior to taking out the discount. “When questioned on this, they say their accountant says they are allowed to do this,” the woman said in her email.
NEWS
December 31, 2006
Giant and Martin's CARLISLE, Pa. - Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets raised $440,570 in the grocery chains' annual Candles for Kids in-store holiday campaign. The donation will benefit local Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout Giant/Martin's operating areas. Sponsored by the grocery chains, Candles for Kids is an annual three-week program that ran this year from Nov. 26 to Dec. 10. The First National Bank of Greencastle QUINCY, Pa. - The First National Bank of Greencastle recently held its annual Quincy Village Retirement Community Christmas Mixer in the Village's Hess Room.
NEWS
by TARA REILLY | September 30, 2005
tarar@herald-mail.com Washington County staff members say the county has no way to keep track of how much money the excise tax generates per school attendance area, so they've asked the County Commissioners to ask state lawmakers to drop the requirement from the tax law. Some commissioners said they told the local delegation to the Maryland General Assembly last year they agreed to the reporting requirement. They directed staff on Tuesday to look for a way to comply with it. "There's nothing of value derived from that," Commissioners Vice President William J. Wivell said of the requirement at Tuesday's commissioners meeting.
NEWS
February 5, 2002
Letters to the Editor 2/4 Tax law must be changed To the editor: Current Maryland tax law unfairly penalizes 65-year-old taxpayers because of a disparity that has increased each year in the personal exemption that can be claimed for Maryland residents at 65. Self-supporting taxpayers who are 65 or blind at any age can claim only the personal exemption amount allowable for that taxable year plus an additional $1,000....
NEWS
by ROBERT SNYDER | March 28, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The contest for Berkeley County's 16th Senatorial District pits a two-term Democrat incumbent against a former chairman of the county's Republican Executive Committee. Martinsburg resident Jerry Mays announced in January he was running to unseat Sen. John Unger, whom he described as not responsive to constituent requests and frequently absent from his district. "We hear constantly that our needs in the Eastern Panhandle are different from the rest of the state and these differences demand a senator who will work full time with the rest of the Eastern Panhandle delegation, who will be responsive to the voters of Jefferson and Berkeley counties, who will follow through on legislative initiatives, who will be here to see that your calls are answered and that an immediate response is forthcoming," Mays said.
NEWS
February 8, 2009
The late Art Hoppe once wrote a satirical column about Richard Nixon's search for an honest Southern justice whom he could nominate to the Supreme Court. He found one, eventually, and placed his name before the Senate. A couple of days later, an excited clerk burst into the judge's office with a letter. "Read this," he said, "Time Magazine wants you to write an article about your life's story. " The judge looked at the clerk blankly and said: "Read? Write?" The implication, of course, is that the only honest people are the ones who are too simple to commit some skullduggery.
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NEWS
February 17, 2013
An area resident recently submitted a question regarding how local restaurants are permitted to apply sales tax to orders when a customer uses a coupon, specifically a “buy one, get one free” offer. In an email, the woman said she has used “buy one, get one” coupons at several area restaurants, but one in particular applies sales tax to the full amount of the bill prior to taking out the discount. “When questioned on this, they say their accountant says they are allowed to do this,” the woman said in her email.
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BUSINESS
January 22, 2012
On Jan. 14, H&R Block celebrated the opening of its three Hagerstown locations for tax season at 13120 Pennsylvania Ave., Foxshire Plaza at 1423 Dual Highway and in Valley Mall. Those attending the grand openings had the opportunity to talk to H&R Block professionals about tax tips, tax law changes, tax planning and other financial issues. The Pennsylvania Avenue and Foxshire Plaza offices will remain open until April 17, and the Valley Mall site will stay open until mid-July.
OPINION
August 29, 2011
Today a sad realization has cast a gloomy haze over my lonely writer's garret, as I come to grips with the fact that Michele Bachmann is not going to be with us forever. Or maybe I should say that her presidential campaign is not going to be with us forever, and that we need to appreciate it while we have the chance. It's like Sinatra; you knew those golden pipes were not immortal, so you listened every chance you had. Eliminate the EPA. Drill in the Everglades. Ah, those will be classics some day, as we recall with nostalgia the days when you couldn't fish in the Potomac because of PCBs, the Cuyahoga caught fire and smog enveloped every major city like a wedding veil.
NEWS
February 8, 2009
The late Art Hoppe once wrote a satirical column about Richard Nixon's search for an honest Southern justice whom he could nominate to the Supreme Court. He found one, eventually, and placed his name before the Senate. A couple of days later, an excited clerk burst into the judge's office with a letter. "Read this," he said, "Time Magazine wants you to write an article about your life's story. " The judge looked at the clerk blankly and said: "Read? Write?" The implication, of course, is that the only honest people are the ones who are too simple to commit some skullduggery.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 15, 2008
A new structure for Washington County's excise tax was one of several local bills signed into state law Tuesday. The county started the process of changing its excise tax on new construction last year, when it received legislative permission to replace its flat fee with a fee based on square footage. This year's bill completed the process by setting caps for different categories of construction. The new excise tax takes effect July 1. Other local bills that Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law Tuesday: · Clarify that Hagerstown's fire marshals have law enforcement powers (sponsored by Del. John P. Donoghue, cross-filed by Sen. Donald F. Munson)
NEWS
By TAMELA BAKER | June 30, 2007
Among the new Maryland laws becoming effective today, the most significant local legislation sets up a task force to review the county's excise tax on new construction, and allows the Washington County Commissioners to temporarily lift the ceiling on the tax. The excise tax already has had several incarnations since it first was instituted. The county currently charges flat residential fees of $13,000 for a single-family home in subdivisions of 25 homes or fewer, and $15,500 per unit for multifamily homes.
NEWS
December 31, 2006
Giant and Martin's CARLISLE, Pa. - Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets raised $440,570 in the grocery chains' annual Candles for Kids in-store holiday campaign. The donation will benefit local Children's Miracle Network hospitals throughout Giant/Martin's operating areas. Sponsored by the grocery chains, Candles for Kids is an annual three-week program that ran this year from Nov. 26 to Dec. 10. The First National Bank of Greencastle QUINCY, Pa. - The First National Bank of Greencastle recently held its annual Quincy Village Retirement Community Christmas Mixer in the Village's Hess Room.
NEWS
by DON AINES | October 9, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg School Board has set the maximum construction and project costs for the new U.L. Gordy Elementary School, but Business Manager Rick Vensel said the schedule for opening the school might be delayed by Pennsylvania's Act 1 school property tax law. The board voted unanimously Wednesday to set the construction cost at no more than $16,005,959 and the total project cost at a maximum of $21,122,827. The difference between construction and project costs includes "soft costs," such as furnishings and equipment for the building, as well as site work, architectural fees and other expenses not directly related to construction, Vensel said.
NEWS
by ROBERT SNYDER | March 28, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The contest for Berkeley County's 16th Senatorial District pits a two-term Democrat incumbent against a former chairman of the county's Republican Executive Committee. Martinsburg resident Jerry Mays announced in January he was running to unseat Sen. John Unger, whom he described as not responsive to constituent requests and frequently absent from his district. "We hear constantly that our needs in the Eastern Panhandle are different from the rest of the state and these differences demand a senator who will work full time with the rest of the Eastern Panhandle delegation, who will be responsive to the voters of Jefferson and Berkeley counties, who will follow through on legislative initiatives, who will be here to see that your calls are answered and that an immediate response is forthcoming," Mays said.
NEWS
by ROBERT SNYDER | January 24, 2006
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Despite its easy passage by one house of the state Legislature last week, Berkeley County officials say the overturning of a law that changed how properties are taxed will significantly affect local revenue levels down the road. Berkeley County Administrator Deborah Hammond said last week's vote by the House of Delegates to repeal legislation passed in 2003 that taxed second homes under the county's rental property rate could mean a reduction in revenue from the county's coffers.
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