Taking Advantage of Year-End Savings

EUGENE, Ore. — With the start of 2014 just hours away, many people spent Tuesday trying to save a few dollars before the end of the year. Louise Brown, Financial Manager for Oregon Dental Care in Eugene says the last two weeks in December are pretty crazy. “Extremely busy. Each year, people wait ’til the last … Continue reading »

Tax Break Tips

EUGENE, Ore. — Tax day is on April 15. It may seem like a long way off, but with a little planning before the end of the year, you could lower your tax bill. At the end of the year, 55 tax breaks are scheduled to expire. So there are some tips to consider to … Continue reading »

Oregon Lawmakers Pass “Grand Bargain”

SALEM, Ore. — While the nation is in day four of a federal shutdown, Oregon lawmakers continue to celebrate the success of a three-day special session. The topic was a complex package of several pieces of legislation dubbed the “grand bargain.” It was back and forth the first two days of special session, but by … Continue reading »

Tax Refunds for Some Same-Sex Couples

(CNN) — Same-sex married couples who paid extra taxes because their marriage wasn’t recognized could get some of that money back. Before this summer’s Supreme Court ruling, the Defense of Marriage Act defined marriage as a between a man and a woman. That meant same-sex spouses had to file individually. Now they can file amended … Continue reading »

Protesters Push for Spending Changes

EUGENE, Ore. — Protesters used tax day to draw attention toward how Congress plans to spend all of those tax dollars. The Community Alliance of Lane County says Congress needs a better idea of how tax dollars should be spent. Americans across the country filed their tax returns Monday and demonstrators wanted everyone to know … Continue reading »

A Few Hours Left Until Tax Deadline

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s coming down to the wire to file taxes; those who waited until the last minute are not alone. Tax specialists say they’ve been swamped with phone calls and walk-ins all day, Monday. It’s been a mixed bag of stressed taxpayers and some who are taking the process in stride. For those … Continue reading »

Taxes Due at Midnight

EUGENE, Ore. — Taxes are due at midnight Monday; experts advise taxpayers to either pay on time or file an extension. The IRS says 97 million American taxpayers have already submitted their tax forms by the first of April, about 90 percent were done electronically. Specialists say that more people are filing through online services, … Continue reading »

Tax Filing Deadline Nears

EUGENE, Ore. — Tax consultants know when tax season rolls around, things get hectic. “Numbers are crazy lately because at the beginning of the year they had the fiscal cliff that turned into the fiscal delay,” said Tom Ames, owner of Liberty Taxes. That delay is causing some to frantically file their taxes before Monday’s … Continue reading »

Local Groups Offer Tax Assistance

EUGENE, Ore. — April 15 is just more than two weeks away, which means you don’t have a whole lot of time to get your taxes filed. The AARP offers tax assistance sites around Lane County, including one at the Campbell Senior Center. With just two weeks left, aides are really pushing folks to get … Continue reading »

Smokers React to Proposed Tobacco Tax

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon lawmakers are considering raising taxes on cigarettes by a dollar a pack–that would bump it up to $2.18. According to health advocates, raising taxes on tobacco products is an effective way to reduce tobacco use. Smokers aren’t convinced that raising taxes is the best way to get rid of tobacco use. … Continue reading »

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