Proposed Increase to Cigarette Taxes

MEDFORD, Ore. —   The price of a pack of cigarettes could soon cost more.  The State House is proposing another tax increase.  If approved it would increase tax on cigarettes sold starting January 2016. It would increase the tax at the rate of 80 mills for the distribution of each cigarette in the state. That would … Continue reading »

MONEYWATCH: Scammers Claim to be IRS

Oregon State Police said there is an aggressive amount of scam calls targeting tax payers this season. One in particular is being reported in Southern Oregon. Newswatch 12 returned the scammers call this afternoon. He claimed to be Andrew Spencer and said he was from the IRS. OSP said he is one of many who … Continue reading »

MONEYWATCH: Tax Preparer Fraud

Millions of consumers will soon opt to put their most sensitive personal and financial information in the hands of a paid tax preparer. That’s why it’s so important to choose that person wisely. When choosing a tax preparer, Consumer Reports recommends following IRS advice: — Checking for a valid IRS preparer tax identification number — … Continue reading »

Leaders Discuss Marijuana Taxing

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — In March, Jackson County will asks voters if medical and non-medical marijuana should be taxed in the county. This will be a special election, paid for by the county. The election could cost up to $100,000 in county funds. Commissioners say if the tax is approved, those tax dollars will be a quick return … Continue reading »

Legislators Plan to Talk Marijuana

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon House and Senate return to Salem on Monday to start their five-month-long legislative session. One of the most significant topics that will likely be talked about is marijuana in the state. Oregon voters decided to legalize recreational pot in the November election. Now it’s up to the Oregon Liquor Control … Continue reading »

Changes for the 2015 Tax Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — As people are getting their paperwork together for this year’s tax season, local filing agencies say there are a few new things that everyone needs to keep in mind this year. The largest change that will be seen this year is the new rules for the affordable care act, or ACA. For … Continue reading »

Commissioners Plan to Leave Options Open

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — It’s a complex process with many hypothetical questions and moving parts, but Josephine county leaders said they are taking the needed steps to make sure they have all options open when it comes to recreational marijuana. Should it pass, Measure 91 would not allow counties to put a tax or fee … Continue reading »

Ashland First Reading for Marijuana Tax

ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland City Council discussed and voted on several ordinances at Tuesday night’s meeting that will move it closer to eventually lifting the moratorium for medical marijuana dispensaries. At Tuesday’s meeting, there were several ordinances up for discussion. One of those ordinances adressed whether or not to add up to five percent city … Continue reading »

Law Enforcement Levy Fails

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — For the second time, a tax measure to restore public safety in Josephine County failed to win voter approval. The unofficial results show 49 percent voted yes and 51 percent voted no. Around 400 votes separate the two sides as of 9:50 p.m. Measure 17-49 proposed a property tax of $1.48 … Continue reading »

Group Fights Against Public Safety Levy

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A group in Josephine County is pushing to stop voters from voting for a criminal justice tax levy. Measure 17-49 proposes to implement a $1.48 per $1,000 assessed value for three years. This is the second time Josephine County is voting on a measure like it. Last May, voters turned down a … Continue reading »

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