Thursday, February 14, 2013
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to offer advice to help answer tax questions.
Welcome to Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comment section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. It's time to file your taxes and Patch wants to help you find the answers to your questions, but we needed some help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:
Monday, February 11, 2013
Patch is looking for experts who can answer reader questions offer their expertise this week.
It's time to file your taxes, and Patch wants to help find the answers to some of your questions, but we need a little help. In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro" we need local experts who can answer readers' questions and offer advice. If you are a local tax professional and can answer reader questions in our comment section this week, let us know two ways. One: You can leave a comment on this post along with your email address. Two: You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need experts to answer questions on Thursday, Feb. 14. Curious as to what we are looking for? Take a look at some of our previous Patch Pro posts: So what do you say, who wants to be our expert?
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
While the Cooperating School Districts leader says school security plans are not a "one size fits all" proposition, he is advocating for changes that may require new taxes.
(For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) One attendee at last week's Safe Schools Partnership meeting was Don Senti, former Parkway superintendent and executive director of the Cooperating School Districts (CSD). He said superintendents who are CSD members are opposed to arming school staffers to provide security for school children. The Parkway School District is a member of the CSD organization. (Read more on the CSD's stance on school safety in the PDF portion of this article.) "Providing security for our most precious resource should be in the capable hands of those professionals who are trained in the use of fire arms, and more importantly, who know when to use them," Senti said. "Therefore, we feel that …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
One item on your April 2013 ballot might be a plan to raise sales taxes across St. Louis to pay for improvements in area parks and at the Gateway Arch.
When the April 2013 election arrives, you might be asked to vote on a potential hike to sales taxes in the city of St. Louis and both St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Keep this in mind. The increase would be 3/16 of one cent, and would help pay for improvements in area parks and at the Gateway Arch, among other things, reports the St. Louis Beacon. In a Dec. 13 article, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the money collected from the tax increase would be split in the following ways: The Missouri General Assembly approved the tax over the summer, but it still requires regional support across St. Louis, the Post-Dispatch reported. If lawmakers in St. Louis and both counties approve the issue, then it is expected to appear before …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
A new law means Chesterfield business owners will be required to show proof they've paid their personal property taxes, or else.
A new legislation in St. Louis County could mean some extra steps and a little pinch for some West County business owners. Beginning on Sept. 4, the new law will prevent business owners from getting the permits and licenses they need in order to run their businesses if they haven’t paid their property taxes. “If you own a Saint Louis County-based company that’s delinquent on any of its personal property taxes, you won’t get any annual license or permit from us until you pay what you owe,” said Eugene Leung, Director of Revenue for St. Louis County in a press release. He added that while the vast majority of companies who do business in the area pay their personal property taxes on time, there’s approximately $25 to $35 million in unpaid …
Monday, April 16, 2012
See what sales tax we pay here in Chesterfield and what it's supposed to be for.
A nearly secret amendment was added to a Missouri House bill for a sales tax in a southeast Missouri county, for library revenue. But the same measure also increases sales tax in the Great Rivers Greenway District for St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. The reported purpose of this sales tax hike is to fund improvements on the grounds of the Jefferson Expansion Memorial, better known as the Gateway Arch—a federal park. The last-minute amendment was placed on the bill by St. Charles Representative Anne Zerr, a Republican, who was a former member of the Great Rivers Greenway District. Holy Catfish! A Republican trying to sneak a new tax onto a bill—do party leaders know about this? Of course City of St. Louis Mayor Francis …
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sometimes I think too much when waiting in line, and lately those thoughts center on taxes.
I don’t text, tweet or Facebook. Instead I still ponder things when I’m driving around, in line at Department of Revenue fee office or waiting at a cash register. Here are some of my recent musings. Why do some people in West County buy extremely expensive cars and refuse to attach the front license plate? The Missouri law that requires a front and rear license plate doesn’t have an asterisk and fine print that states, “Unless the vehicle is a BMW, Lexus or Mercedes Benz, and the owner lives in an area with a zip code of 63124, 63131, 63141, 63017 or 63005.” Have you ever noticed the large number of luxury vehicles with Illinois license plates in Chesterfield and other parts of West County? I sure have. I’ve asked around, and police …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
With TDDs, CIDs and TIFs, sales taxes—which may not be used for what you think—can last for decades.
Sales taxes can be a funny thing. Most of us don't pay attention to the sales tax rate where we shop or to who and where all the money goes. I'm an exception to that rule. Sales tax rates lead me to shop at Chesterfield Mall, despite living closer to West County Center. In 2007, I spoke out against a proposed commercial improvement district at a Des Peres Board of Aldermen meeting. The center already received tax increment financing, which had allowed the former owners to delay paying most of their property taxes and use the money to rebuild the center. The new owners of the center, CBL of Chattanooga, TN, requested a CID so they could buy the company-owned Lord and Taylor department store located in the center, tear down the building and …