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January 25, 2014
Irvine Valley College will host a free income tax preparation session Saturday. People or families can get help putting together their taxes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Business Sciences Technology and Innovation Center on campus at 5500 Irvine Center Dr. Anyone who wants help should bring ID, income statements and copies of 2013 tax returns. The event kicks off a string of help sessions throughout Orange County offering free advice for taxpayers. Board of Equalization Vice Chair Michelle Steel, Orange County United Way, and Irvine Valley College are sponsoring the events.
NEWS
By Leslie Daigle | December 20, 2012
I am the sole Newport Beach council vote against what is colloquially referred to as the "dock tax. " The new charge increases government/regulation, creates a new source of revenue and redistributes more of the hard-earned money of the people who are motivated to make the economy work. The solution to investing in our harbor infrastructure lays in prudent management of existing tidelands revenues, not creating new fiscal and regulatory burdens for residents. * Bigger government The dock tax will be levied on a square-foot basis.
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By Britney Barnes | May 21, 2012
HUNTINGTON BEACH — Coast Community College District trustees have come out in support of a proposed statewide tax increase aimed at staving off cuts to classes, programs, services and staff. The Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday in support of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax initiative, which is expected to be placed on the November ballot. Failure of the tax increase would leave the district with a projected $13.7-million deficit in 2013-14 — after using up its reserves to get through 2012-13, Andy Dunn, vice chancellor of finance and administrative services, said during Wednesday's meeting.
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By Jack Wu | June 30, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council just unanimously approved a new "fee" for donors amounting to 10% of the item's value. This means that if I donate to the city a new pretty park bench that appraises at $500, then I'll need to cut a check to the city for an additional $50 to cover the city's maintenance of that item. But more on that later. The United States of America gives financial incentives for certain behaviors, in the form of expense deductions and tax credits to everyone who files an income tax return.
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By STEVE SMITH | October 26, 2005
Five years ago, you thought you were voting to spend $163 million -- $110 through the Measure A tax and $53 million in matching state funds -- to bring our schools up to the proper health and safety codes. You now know, however, that the school board miscalculated; that it underestimated the amount that was needed to do all the work at all the schools. Of its list of seven priorities established through Measure A five years ago, there is only enough money to get through the top four.
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By Alan Blank | March 14, 2009
Representatives of several youth organizations have said that Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece’s proposal to tax their proceeds from Fourth of July fireworks sales to pay for heightened enforcement and education measures around the city would take away much-needed funding. An additional tax on top of all the time and effort it takes to run a booth may cause some to reconsider whether they want to operate fireworks stands to raise money for sports equipment, academic supplies and team trips.
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By By Alicia Robinson | November 30, 2005
Newport Coast grows weary of 7-year query into how county spent money in '80s, '90s.Frustrated by a seven-year search for as much as $20 million in tax money they paid the county, Newport Coast residents are demanding answers and considering litigation. Residents and Newport Beach officials have been trying to find out how Orange County officials spent tax money assessed to Newport Coast homeowners in the late 1980s and early 1990s. A final report on the spending is due out in January, but the Newport Coast Advisory Committee plans to press for legal action against the county if it isn't satisfied.
NEWS
October 30, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT-MESA -- A local congressman's bill to protect the Internet from "discriminatory" taxes could face a vote in the Senate as early as this week. The Senate will reconvene for business today, after a Monday closure. The bill, introduced by Rep. Chris Cox and passed in the House of Representatives on Oct. 16, has been dwarfed by airport security, economic recovery and other weightier matters. But the possibility of Internet taxation has sparked debate again this month, especially after a moratorium on taxation expired Oct. 21. Cox and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.
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By Steve Smith | March 16, 2009
Last week Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece proposed a tax on fireworks sales to cover the cost of policing the city during the July Fourth celebration period. The initial report was that this tax would be 20% but Leece was later quoted in the Daily Pilot as saying it probably would not have to be that high. The idea was endorsed by Mayor Alan Mansoor and opposed by council members Gary Monahan and Katrina Foley. Mayor Eric Bever was not at the meeting March 10. My first thought was that Leece and Mansoor are either ignorant or insensitive.
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March 25, 2014
A Costa Mesa tax return preparer was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison for falsifying federal income taxes on behalf of his clients so they would receive inflated returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service's criminal investigations office. Ronald Vernon Strawn, 69, pleaded guilty last year to three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns, according to a news release from the IRS. Strawn admitted to filing falsified federal tax returns in 2005 and 2006 on behalf of two clients.
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NEWS
February 25, 2014
A 74-year-old Irvine woman accidentally crashed her car into a Costa Mesa business over the weekend, authorities said. Police responded to Liberty Tax, 2200 Harbor Blvd., at 2:30 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports that a car had been driven into the building, according to a news release. The woman drove her black, BMW 535i station wagon over a curb and through the glass storefront, narrowly missing a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy seated on the couch in the store. The girl was treated at Hoag Hospital for lacerations to her left leg. The boy was also treated at the hospital for lacerations to his abdomen from flying debris.
NEWS
February 18, 2014
A Newport Beach contractor was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison for underreporting his income by about $2 million. Over a five-year period, Jeremy Scott Levine, 42, gypped the government out of about $300,000 in tax revenue, according to a news release from the Internal Revenue Service. U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow ordered Levine — who owns Newport-based JSL Construction and Landscaping — to pay an $80,000 fine to the federal government in addition to $300,000 in restitution to the IRS. Levine admitted cashing customers' checks without reporting the income on his personal or corporate tax returns between 2006 and 2010.
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By Hannah Fry | February 14, 2014
After years of cost cutting and stagnant hiring, the Coast Community College District will hire 15 full-time faculty members in the next school year. Board trustees have discussed increasing full-time faculty since September, when they tasked Chancellor Andrew Jones with developing a hiring plan. The district organized a "consultation council" consisting of faculty members, union and student representatives, and classified staff to assist with the development of the plan. District officials and board trustees met Wednesday night for a study session to discuss the council's findings.
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By Keith Curry | February 4, 2014
I had three separate experiences recently that reinforced just how bad things are for business owners in California. A letter to one of my previous campaign supporters came back, and when I followed up with email, I learned that this pizza restaurant owner had moved the business to Texas. The California tax and regulatory burden had simply become more than this person was willing to handle. This person had been a leader in the community, organizing girls lacrosse leagues and youth sports programs throughout the city.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | February 1, 2014
An agency that promotes tourism in Costa Mesa ended up footing the largest portion of the bill for the city's 60th anniversary party - a sum that was nearly 10 times what the organization first agreed to pay. The Costa Mesa Conference and Visitor Bureau initially agreed to chip in $25,000 to be a main sponsor of the event. That sum eventually grew to $232,000. Paulette Lombardi-Fries, the bureau's president, said that although the organization didn't play a large role in planning the event, they were happy to have supported it - even as the event's budget expanded.
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By Billy Graham | January 31, 2014
Q: Last weekend, my husband started getting his tax records together, and like every other year, he's figuring out ways to cheat on his taxes. He says the government would only waste the money anyway, but I've told him that doesn't make it right. Am I being too picky? — Mrs. N.N. A: No, you aren't being too picky, and as tax season approaches, I hope your letter will encourage others to be honest and resist the temptation to cheat on their taxes. The Roman Empire of Jesus' day had its problems with inefficiency and corruption, and it often didn't meet the needs of its citizens and subjects.
NEWS
January 25, 2014
Irvine Valley College will host a free income tax preparation session Saturday. People or families can get help putting together their taxes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Business Sciences Technology and Innovation Center on campus at 5500 Irvine Center Dr. Anyone who wants help should bring ID, income statements and copies of 2013 tax returns. The event kicks off a string of help sessions throughout Orange County offering free advice for taxpayers. Board of Equalization Vice Chair Michelle Steel, Orange County United Way, and Irvine Valley College are sponsoring the events.
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By Bradley Zint | January 9, 2014
As it looks now, the proposed charter for the city of Costa Mesa won't include giving up the city's share of property tax. Charter Committee member Hank Panian's seemingly radical idea to gradually forfeit the revenue — which, in turn, would theoretically lower Costa Mesa property owners' tax bills a bit — was soundly rejected by his colleagues Wednesday night. All the committee members but Ron Amburgey turned down adding the idea to the charter, which is expected to face voter approval this November.
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By Bradley Zint | December 12, 2013
The Costa Mesa Charter Committee on Wednesday asked city staff for more information on a seemingly radical idea: the city forfeiting its share of property taxes. Committee member Hank Panian's suggestion for the city's charter, as it takes shape, aims to address the inequality created since the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978. Under the measure, property tax is assessed based upon when a property was acquired, benefiting longtime homeowners. Property is reassessed to full market value only when sold.
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