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Councilors nix hotel-motel tax increase
Councilors nix hotel-motel tax increase

Mostly, the Murfreesboro City Council decided to wait to decide what to do Thursday night. First, it decided to postpone discussing a proposed 2.5 percent increase in the city's hotel/motel room tax, at least until August - which means the tax increase will not be part of the 2016-17 budget unless it's added back in later.

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Spending to exceed income, but don't worry
Spending to exceed income, but don't worry

$529 mil county budget for new fiscal year has back-up funds.

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Hotel-motel tax protested
Hotel-motel tax protested

Next actions up to commission, council.

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United Way Prepares for 2016 VITA Program
United Way Prepares for 2016 VITA Program

United Way seeking volunteers for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

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Haslam 'determined' to improve roads, bridges
Haslam 'determined' to improve roads, bridges

Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday he's determined to leave the state's transportation fund and Tennessee's roads and bridges in better shape than he found them.

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Bojangles seized
Bojangles seized

The Tennessee Department of Revenue has shut down the Bojangles on Memorial Boulevard for failing to pay taxes.

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Win-win: Higher tourist spending means lower taxes
Win-win: Higher tourist spending means lower taxes

Income growth trend saves average home about $252 a year.

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State Rep. Sparks to introduce 'perma-temp' legislation

State Rep. Mike Sparks says he is preparing to sponsor legislation that would require companies receiving tax breaks and other government backing to make a certain percentage of their workforce full-time employees.

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County reaches $1M mark in Circuit Court collections

The Rutherford County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office has collected more than $1 million in fees and court costs since establishing a collections division, as of the end of October.

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City property taxes due soon

Officials are reminding property owners that property taxes are due by the end of the month and interest will begin accruing on Wednesday, Jan. 1, on any unpaid balance.

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La Vergne named top affordable suburb in state
La Vergne named top affordable suburb in state

Officials celebrated this week over news that the city has been selected as the 21st most affordable suburb in the country.

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Spending on school administrators dwarfs funds for teachers

The number of new school administrators at public schools in Tennessee grew by 34.5 percent between 2000 and 2012, while the number of new teachers increased by less than 17 percent.

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Snake handler show doesn't get tax breaks as 'Nashville'

Although Tennessee taxpayers help subsidize film and television programs like ABC’s “Nashville” provided they film on location, not all productions get the same treatment.

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IRS offers tax tips for starting a business

Here are five basic tips from the IRS that can help you get started.

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State celebrates 7th annual Sales Tax Holiday
State celebrates 7th annual Sales Tax Holiday

School is about to start and that means it’s Sales Tax Holiday time, which begins Friday, Aug. 2 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, Aug. 4, at 11:59 p.m.

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Burgess: Tax increase necessary
Burgess: Tax increase necessary

Rutherford County raises property taxes

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County Commission approves tax increase
County Commission approves tax increase

The Rutherford County Commission voted Friday morning in support of raising property taxes by 4.1 percent.

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Budget Committee approves tax increase proposal

Despite concerns and public opposition to increased taxes, the Rutherford County Budget Committee has approved the current budget proposal.

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Residents voice concern over proposed tax hike
Residents expressed concern Monday over a proposed property tax increase that is being proposed to pay for the 2013-14 Rutherford County budget.
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Income inequality largely permanent, study suggests

Those taxes Americans paid to the federal government in April are coming from less and less pretax income, and change is not in the offing, according to Middle Tennessee State University economist.

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County wants public input on tax increase
County wants public input on tax increase
The Rutherford County budget proposal has been approved by the budget committee, and the committee members are ready for voter input.
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Murfreesboro budget discussions get heated
Budget deliberations by the Murfreesboro City Council drew considerable ire Thursday from Councilwoman Madelyn Scales-Harris.
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Budget Committee approves tax hike
Budget Committee approves tax hike
Proposal splits 10-cents between county, schools
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Small-business owners give Tennessee high marks
Small-business owners view Tennessee quite favorably, especially its business-friendly regulatory systems, according to a recent nationwide survey.
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Budget Committee votes to fund more SROs
Budget Committee votes to fund more SROs
Citing the need to ensure safety remains a top priority, members of the Rutherford County Budget Committee voted 5-1 in favor Monday of hiring 11 full-time school resource officers for every elementary school.
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Dover: No layoffs needed with tax hike
Dover: No layoffs needed with tax hike
Smyrna Town Council votes on increasing rate
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TN REPORT: Governor signs per diem reduction bill
Tennessee lawmakers living within a 50-mile radius of the Capitol can expect to see their daily lodging allowances drop in a couple years.
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RuCo has budget issues on horizon
The key to balancing any budget is to have revenues match expenditures.
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TN REPORT: Senate passes tax cut on groceries
A bill aimed at easing the pain at Tennessee’s grocery checkout lanes is headed to the governor’s desk for approval.
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Tax day arrives, but not for some corporations
Tax day arrives, but not for some corporations
Loopholes costs U.S. $150 billion a year
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County saves millions in bond deal
Rutherford county refinanced $69.28 million of its outstanding debt, which will save more than $15.18 million in future interest payments over the next 20 years.
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IRS answers questions for last-minute filers
With just days to go before the tax filing deadline, the IRS reminded Tennessee taxpayers to file either a tax return or an extension request by April 15.
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IRS owes Tennesseans $14M
To collect the money, a return for 2009 must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 15.
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How sequestration impacts Arnold Air Force Base
Commander of Air Force Materiel Command Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger explains how sequestration impacts Arnold Air Force Base's mission, people
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LETTER: Stop playing politics with American energy
President Barack Obama and his administration are once again threatening to raise taxes on American oil and gas companies.
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Report: Beer distributors generate millions for state
A new economic impact report has found local distributors provide more than 2,400 jobs and generate nearly $985 million in Tennessee on annual basis.
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Chamber to hold tax workshop
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a Small Business Tax Workshop next week at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.
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IRS now accepting all tax returns
The Internal Revenue Service announced Monday that it has finished updating its tax-processing systems allowing all remaining individual and business taxpayers to file their 2012 federal income tax returns.
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Property Assessor’s Office to offer extended hours
Property Assessor’s Office to offer extended hours
Beginning this weekend, the Rutherford County Property Assessor’s Office in downtown Murfreesboro will be open the first Saturday of every month.
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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Murfreesboro Hastings remains open
Recent rumors about Hastings planning to close its Murfreesboro location are just that – rumors.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Obama shows White House has no plan
GUEST EDITORIAL: Obama shows White House has no plan
I had hoped President Barack Obama would put forth sound, bipartisan solutions to tackle the serious obstacles facing this nation. Unfortunately, all that we have heard is more of the same.
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County property taxes due by end of month
Residents have until Thursday, Feb. 28, to pay their Rutherford County property taxes.
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Department of Revenue unveils new online service
The Tennessee Department of Revenue now offers an online search at its website, TN.gov/revenue, to verify the status of exemption certificates for businesses.
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La Vergne offers residents free tax help
Is tax season giving you the stink-eye and you feel overwhelmed?
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Officials agree to increase school security
Officials agree to increase school security
County officials endorse SRO plan
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Volunteers needed for free tax assistance initiative
The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is currently seeking volunteers for the 2013 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites through its partnership with Greenhouse Ministries.
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SRO plan headed to County Commission
SRO plan headed to County Commission
Budget Committee endorses proposal
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Tax season has arrived
Tax season has arrived
IRS encourages filers to use e-file
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Midstate consumers more upbeat about economy
Local consumers have become more optimistic about the future of the U.S. economy.
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VITA program now available for qualified individuals
New online option provided for 2013.
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Tracy wants to cut Tennessee's excise tax
Tennessee legislators look to reduce the excise tax on Tennessee businesses.
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Haslam proposes increased funding for jails
Haslam proposes increased funding for jails
Governor calls for expanding public safety
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LOGUE: Millionaire tax dodgers sound like cry babies
LOGUE: Millionaire tax dodgers sound like cry babies
Perhaps the next major revision to the tax code should be titled The Gerard Depardieu-Phil Mickelson Crybaby Bill.
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Rutherford County to pay $434K to Embassy Suites
Rutherford County to pay $434K to Embassy Suites
Due to incorrect property assessments, Rutherford County must refund more than $434,000 in property taxes to Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro.
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Murfreesboro taxes now overdue
City taxes for 2012 are now delinquent and a penalty of 1.5 percent will be added each month until they are paid, Murfreesboro City Recorder and Finance Department Director Melissa Wright said.
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County property taxes due in February
The Murfreesboro location of the Rutherford County Trustee's Office will be open New Year's Eve.
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Murfreesboro property taxes due next month
Officials with the Finance, Tax and Records Department are reminding residents that they have until Monday, Dec. 31, to pay property taxes.
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IRS offers tax tips for giving
December is traditionally a month for giving generously to charities, friends and family. But it’s also a time that can have a major impact on the tax return you’ll file next year.
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Survey finds sharp drop in consumer confidence
Following a yearlong period of steady increases in consumer confidence, midstate residents have suddenly changed their minds and become much less optimistic about the future of the American economy.
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County bucks statewide domestic violence trend
County bucks statewide domestic violence trend
While the domestic violence rate in Tennessee has slightly decreased, the number of reported incidents in Rutherford County continues to rise.
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Sheriff’s Office releases 5-year plan
Sheriff’s Office releases 5-year plan
Proposal outlines expanding department in future
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Murfreesboro offers taxpayers partial payment plan
Murfreesboro taxpayers have the opportunity to make partial payments on their tax bills if they cannot pay the entire amount at one time, according to city officials.
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Report: Women still earn less than men
Report: Women still earn less than men
Imagine doing exactly the same job as a co-worker of the opposite sex – identical duties from beginning to the end of the workday – except the woman makes 77 cents to every dollar the man earns.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Working families are real job creators
GUEST EDITORIAL: Working families are real job creators
The phrase “job creators” has become a political buzzword that is often times used to denounce any form of regulation and used to support theories that big corporations should continue to receive large tax breaks and exemptions.
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DesJarlais, Stewart fight for county voters
DesJarlais, Stewart fight for county voters
Candidates discuss hot-topic issues
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Experts: Uncertainty preventing stronger economic recovery
Although the economy is beginning to heal, uncertainty over fiscal policy and future tax rates is hindering a stronger recovery, according to several experts who spoke recently at an annual conference.
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Report: Income tax data differ from rhetoric
When it comes to taxes and who is or isn't paying them, one group aims to separate the facts from fiction.
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Understaffed jail fuels myriad problems
Understaffed jail fuels myriad problems
Inefficiencies in daily operations pose safety risks
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Reports: Rutherford County jail 'grossly understaffed'
Reports: Rutherford County jail 'grossly understaffed'
Studies point to need for more guards
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Senators announce appropriations for Rutherford County
Senators announce appropriations for Rutherford County
Rutherford County will receive nearly $453.9 million in state appropriations, including some funds for the long-awaited MTSU Science Building.
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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Sandwich shop to open next month
Firehouse Subs is bringing its unique flavor to Murfreesboro next month with the opening of a new location on Medical Center Parkway.
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Unemployment rate holds steady as economy remains sluggish
Unemployment in Tennessee has dropped more than 4 percent since the onset of the Great Recession in 2007, but newly released data shows national recovery to be sluggish.
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City reviews $258 million investment plan
Thursday's meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council included a lengthy discussion of the 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Plan and scheduling of a public hearing for changes to sign ordinances.
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HUDGINS: Nissan looks to hire more plant technicians
Google conducts business workshop; Affordable Care Act adds adoption tax credit
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Opry Mills retailers offering deep discounts
Get back to school in style at Opry Mills. The newly reopened mall invites shoppers to participate in Tennessee’s Tax-Free Holiday this weekend.
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Hundreds of new state laws take affect
Hundreds of new state laws take affect
Slew of Tennessee statutes added to books
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Property taxes to remain the same
Property taxes to remain the same
Members of the Rutherford County Commission agreed Friday to use some reserve funds to balance the $442.5 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year in order to avoid increasing property taxes.
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HUDGINS: Salon's facelift blends technology with style
Murfreesboro’s premiere Aveda Lifestyle Salon, Tangerine Salon and Spa, recently opened a renovated salon experience.
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Southern hospitality entices business to Tennessee
Southern hospitality entices business to Tennessee
When it comes to dealing with small businesses owners or corporate giants, Tennessee is the place to be. The Volunteer State has once again made its mark on a national scale.
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City Cafe switches owners following seizure
City Cafe switches owners following seizure
Historic restaurant reopens after tax fallout
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School budget advances with no tax hike
Director of Schools Harry Gill Jr. strongly recommended the Rutherford County Commission consider raising property taxes this year out of fear that Stewart’s Creek High School may not open on time.
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Details emerge following City Cafe seizure
Details emerge following City Cafe seizure
City, county, state, federal tax liens span half decade
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Arnold requests more funds for overtime pay
Arnold requests more funds for overtime pay
Sheriff Robert F. Arnold expects to spend nearly $1 million in overtime pay next fiscal year in lieu of additional officers.
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Mayor: Rutherford County will not see tax hike
Mayor: Rutherford County will not see tax hike
Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess proposed no property tax increase for the County General Fund.
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VITA Sites produce $492,000 in tax refunds to local residents
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance provided 346 tax returns at no cost.
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State house candidate takes no-tax pledge
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State sales tax on food goes into effect July 1
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Smyrna looks at layoffs to balance budget
Layoffs are possible for Smyrna employees as the town grapples with a deficit and looks for more long-term budget solutions.
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Legislators include Rutherford County projects in budget
Legislators include Rutherford County projects in budget
University to break ground on Science Building
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Where does your tax money go?
Where does your tax money go?
New website shows how federal dollars are spent
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Grocery sales tax slightly cut by lawmakers in state House
On Thursday, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to decrease the sales tax on grocery food and raised the exemption threshold for the inheritance tax – but not without some contentious exchanges among members.
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The taxman cometh
The taxman cometh
IRS extends deadline to April 17
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ANOTHER MINUTE: Inflatable bouncer company bringing fun-filled activities
Touting a new definition of fun, Space Walk of Murfreesboro is bringing inflatable bouncers to local parties and events.
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Don’t overlook valuable tax credit
Some Middle Tennesseans could be missing out on a special federal tax credit because they don't know about it.
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ANOTHER MINUTE: Energy Star gives kudos to Nissan Smyrna plant
IRS looks for advisory panel volunteers
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RCSO uses pneumatic tube to save money, manpower
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The future of education spending
The future of education spending
County commissioner proposes ‘spending less money more wisely’
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Taxes prepared for free if earning less than $50,000
Rutherford County resident Christine Estes was appalled at the $450 it cost her elderly father to have his taxes prepared by a franchise service.
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City Council approves measure to combat 'Nature Deficit Disorder'
Thursday's meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council included consideration of a project to combat "Nature Deficit Disorder" among children, a annual budget audit report, and energy efficiency renovations to Reeves-Rogers Discovery School.
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Judge sides with online travel companies
Judge sides with online travel companies
Local governments lose lawsuit to impose additional taxes
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IRS has $16.1M for Tennesseans who have not filed for 2008
Refunds totaling $16,130,000 may be waiting for about 18,400 Tennesseans who did not file a federal income tax return for 2008, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.
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Tennessee Democratic leaders call for sales tax reform
NASHVILLE - After 21 months of increased state revenues, Gov. Bill Haslam is proposing a bill that would lower the sales tax on food purchases in Tennessee, and also broaden the state's inheritance tax exemption.
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Tax-aide opens free preparation centers statewide
It's a sure sign that tax season is under way: The doors have opened at more than 90 AARP Tax-Aide sites around the state.
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Ten tips to help choose a tax preparer
Many people look for help from professionals when it’s time to file their tax return.
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Organize paperwork now to get head start on tax season
A new year is just around the corner, and tax season isn’t far behind.
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Murfreesboro businessman charged with tax evasion
Deputies from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office arrested a well-known Murfreesboro commercial real estate developer Tuesday morning on suspicion of tax evasion.
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House passes payroll tax cut extension
House passes payroll tax cut extension
The U.S. House voted in favor Tuesday of extending the 4.2 percent payroll tax cuts as part of a larger measure that authorizes the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
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Support local biz by shopping on Saturday
What began as a way to provide for her family turned into a needed source of income that allowed single mom Karen Gerbman to be at home with her three little ones.
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County to take hit in wallet for meth clean-up
RuCo also to pay back taxes to City of Murfreesboro in 2012.
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Taxpayers have extra days in 2011
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Does banning state income tax spell budget disaster?
Members of a House Finance subcommittee are researching the legality of amending the state constitution to ban new income taxes.
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Can Amazon avoid TN sales tax?
Critics gear up for battle
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RuCo residents have until Monday to pay property taxes
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Lower food taxes ease food security anxiety
Food pantries across Tennessee know that many poor families are making hard decisions about where to spend their money this winter
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City to accept partial tax payments
Legislation approved by Murfreesboro City Council this week authorizes City Recorder Melissa Wright to allow city taxpayers to make partial payments on their property taxes.
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Economist: Lower grocery taxes by closing tax loopholes
Lower-income Tennesseans pay out a larger percentage of their income for groceries than do more affluent consumers.
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Report: TN Tax Structure is 'Leaving Money on the Table'
Legislature looks to lower tax on food
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Business tax administration shifts from local government
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Carr: County receives $359.6 million in state funds
State Rep. Joe Carr announced that during the current fiscal year, approximately $359.6 million in appropriated expenditures will find its way into Rutherford County through various agencies and programs.
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City, County need your hard-earned cash
Murfreesboro and Rutherford County send out property tax notices
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Retailers call tax-free weekend a success
Tennessee's tax-free weekend was deemed a success by some of Murfreesboro's largest retailers.
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Local property assessments fighting national trends
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RuCo legislators pleased with tight budget process
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RuCo homeowners to pay more taxes
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City defers vote on guns in parks
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No new taxes in city budget
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Report: Tenn. needs $28B in infrastructure improvements
According to a new report released by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Tennessee needs at least $28.3 billion of public infrastructure improvements to be in some stage of development during the five-year period of 2004-2009.
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Hotspot owners up in smoke over new law
Many local bars restrict admittance to persons 21 and over. These restrictions also apply to employees and members of bands who play in these establishments.
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Food taxes fall, cigarette taxes rise
Tennessee's Legislature approved a $27.8 million budget for fiscal year 2007-2008 today that cuts the sales tax on food by one-half percent and raises the cigarette tax by 42 cents.
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Rutherford County gets tire disposal grant
Gov. Phil Bredesen and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke announced today that the state will provide grants totaling more than $4.2 million to assist communities across Tennessee with processing waste tires for beneficial reuse in the coming year.
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County hopes to collect timely taxes
Rutherford County may gain an extra $800,000 if employees collect the adequate facilities tax within 12 months after the building permit is issued.
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