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We all should be "Mad as Hell" again

bs md house budget 20180322What's that you say?”
“Come again?”
“I can't hearrrrr youuuuu!”
That is, in essence, what our state legislators have said to taxpayers in the state of Maryland. Basically, their message is: I can't hear you, and even if I did, I don't really care!
As previously mentioned in this column, the recently-released federal tax plan hits the taxpayers of high-taxed states such as Maryland particularly hard. It is estimated that, as a result of the federal tax plan, Maryland taxpayers will see an increase of approximately $400 million in state taxes owed for the 2018 tax year.
What to do, what to do, what to do? Well, the state legislature has apparently decided to spend it and not return it to the taxpayers who, if nothing is done, will see an associated increase in their state tax bill come April 15, 2019.
Using the 2014 Personal Statistics of Income from the Comptroller's table for itemized deductions, the average increase in state and local returns for Marylanders with an adjusted gross income of $150,000 or less would average about $1000 in additional state tax per return.

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Franchot suspends nine county tax preparers

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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s office has suspended nine Montgomery County tax preparers as part of a broader effort suspending 78 preparers in statewide.

Suspended preparers cannot file online or paper income tax returns for clients this tax filing season or other Maryland state returns, said the comptroller’s office in a March 2 news release.

The grounds for suspension were “a high volume of questionable returns received” from the preparers, which the comptroller’s Questionable Return Detection Team flagged.

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Silver Spring Transit Center finally on the move

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silver spring transit centerSILVER SPRING – Five years behind schedule and about $50 million over budget, the Paul Sarbanes Transit Center at the Silver Spring metro station finally seems to be on track.

This week crews are preparing the surface of the transit center for the final step of remediation, the latex-modified concrete (LMC) overlay for the middle tier of the structure, according to Department of General Services (DGS) Director David Dise.

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