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The Texas Tax Amnesty Program will begin Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The program offers a limited opportunity to certain delinquent taxpayers to bring their tax accounts into compliance with state tax law without incurring penalties and interest on any amounts due to the state. Amnesty applies to tax periods prior to Jan. 1, 2018, and only includes those amounts that have not been previously reported to the Comptroller's office.

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The Ohio Department of Taxation is offering a limited time tax amnesty program. This will run from Jan. 1 - Feb. 15, 2018 and will allow relief from penalties and savings of 50 percent on interest charges. If you had unreported or underreported taxes that were due as of May 1, 2017, this is an opportunity to become current with tax liabilities in Ohio. Eligible individuals and businesses are those that have not been contacted by the Department.

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Beginning in 2018 in Michigan, all companies with no unclaimed property will be required to file a zero or negative report. But, what is unclaimed property? Unclaimed property is any asset, tangible or intangible, belonging to a third party that remains unclaimed for a specified period of time by its rightful owner.

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Property tax bills on your primary residence are exempt from local school district operating tax levies of up to $18 million by using a principal residence exemption (PRE).

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Manufacturing companies that have equipment subject to the Michigan Essential Services Assessment (ESA) are required to certify through the Michigan Treasury Online website that the essential services tax liability is correct before the ESA can be paid.

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Check out the latest SALT Alerts from Michigan and Nevada.

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In response to the threat of the Illinois credit rating being downgraded to “junk bond” status, the Illinois General Assembly has passed the first state budget since 2015, and a multibillion-dollar income tax hike to support it.  The resulting Illinois Income Tax Act (IITA) produces a number of tax changes that impact individuals, corporations, and most other filing entities.

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Do you know someone that lives in Detroit but uses a permanent address outside the city? Maybe someone you know has a business in Detroit but uses a non-Detroit mailing address. Or perhaps you know someone who owns rental property in Midtown or downtown Detroit. The city of Detroit has 11 auditors and three attorneys searching for Detroit residents and businesses that are not paying Detroit taxes and is targeting the now popular Midtown and downtown areas.

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Employers in California and the US Virgin Islands are the only jurisdictions subject to credit reduction for the 2016 tax year due to failure to pay off federal UI loans by Nov. 10, 2016. Employers in these jurisdictions face a 2016 federal unemployment tax that is 1.8 percent higher than employers not in credit reduction states.

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Michigan is again offering reimbursement for specified costs related to training new and current employees. The Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) is used for short term training (3 months or less, unless an apprenticeship). This applies to ALL employers with a presence in Michigan; it is not industry specific. The employer must be in compliance with all federal and state tax obligations and willing to participate with the program's guidelines.

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