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Couple accused of filing false tax returns in $1.1 million case

HAMMOND | A St. John couple is accused of filing false individual tax refund forms totaling more than $1.1 million, according to court records.

August 08, 2014 9:11 pm

East Chicago businessman strikes deal on tax charges

HAMMOND | The owner of an East Chicago graphic design business has entered into a plea agreement in connection with a federal charge of making a false statement under oath on a tax return.

July 22, 2014 12:05 am

EDITORIAL: Income tax revenue isn't a catchall for new county spending

The lines just keep getting longer for sectors of local government begging for a piece of the revenue generated by the Lake County local option income tax.

July 15, 2014 12:00 am

Portage's budget in 'good' shape after tax draw

PORTAGE | The city's financial situation is "good, not great" after officials received word of the spring tax draw.

June 25, 2014 6:30 pm

Lake Station tax preparer admits fraud, identity theft

HAMMOND | A Lake Station man pleaded guilty Monday to charges involving a 2010 tax fraud scheme in which he inflated customers' income amounts for filing purposes and improperly kept some of their refund money without their knowledge.

May 20, 2014 12:05 am

'Stillinnoyed' ads exhort businesses to move to Indiana

Indiana appropriated Chicago's longtime The City that Works slogan for its A State that Works campaign, and now is going after Windy City businesses as well.

March 28, 2014 7:00 pm

Woman learns identity stolen after bogus audit letter sent

A Union Mills woman learned she had her identity stolen after receiving a false letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating she was going to be audited.

March 12, 2014 4:55 pm
DOUG ROSS: Reform taxes, watch businesses invest again

DOUG ROSS: Reform taxes, watch businesses invest again

This week's theme, apparently, is taxes on businesses. Along with the continuing discussion in Indianapolis over personal property taxes for businesses, there has been discussion of other business taxes.

January 24, 2014 12:00 am

Stop GOP from taxing poor to aid wealthy

Republican leaders want to eliminate another tax on businesses. In place of that tax, the middle class can expect to have local income taxes raised to offset the effects.

January 01, 2014 12:00 am

Republicans want to act like Robin Hood in reverse

I see Republican Gov. Mike Pence is willing to allow some county tax rates to double, in order to allow for the elimination of the business personal property tax.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Don't rob Peter to pay Pence tax cut

MARC CHASE: Don't rob Peter to pay Pence tax cut

Robbing Peter to pay Paul makes for a poor fiscal model, leaving Peter poorer and less apt to sustain a financially healthy populace.

December 17, 2013 12:00 am
MARC CHASE: Third-party contracts carve up Lake taxpayers

MARC CHASE: Third-party contracts carve up Lake taxpayers

At least five people should be giving extra thanks during their Thanksgiving dinners for newly approved, lucrative Lake County government contracts that further carve into taxpayers' wallets.

November 26, 2013 12:00 am

Indiana has 34th highest taxes on small businesses

Small business owners face lower tax bills in Indiana and Illinois than they would in more than half of all other states, according a recent study.

September 17, 2013 9:30 am

EDITORIAL: 'No more borrowing' should be County Council mantra

The budgeting process continues in Lake County, and the Lake County Council is in a unique position this year to go beyond what is expected and pass a budget that includes no further borrowing.

September 13, 2013 12:00 am

Petalas: Waste district revenue boost coming from thawed tax levy

CROWN POINT | The quarter of a million dollars in new revenues set to hit Lake County solid waste district coffers in 2014 will come from the thawing of a long-frozen tax levy, the county treasurer said Tuesday.

August 20, 2013 5:22 pm

Hamm: New revenues should go to projects, not pensions

Lake County's top solid waste district official said he wants all new income tax revenues to be directed to a fund for projects or operating expenses, not employee pensions.

August 14, 2013 8:30 pm
Business owners give lawmakers an earful about taxes, red tape

Business owners give lawmakers an earful about taxes, red tape

VALPARAISO | An information technology company plans to launch a cloud computing-based data service for health care providers, but the taxes on computer servers are higher in Indiana than in most surrounding states.

August 08, 2013 2:30 pm Photos


MARC CHASE: Fiscal willpower should be cheered, not chided

MARC CHASE: Fiscal willpower should be cheered, not chided

If your finances were as meager as, say, a newspaper reporter's, a random offer out of the blue of $50,000 in free money would be awfully tempting, wouldn't it?

July 11, 2013 12:00 am

Tax money going out this week

VALPARAISO | Porter County Auditor Bob Wichlinski said tax money will be sent out early this week to the county's 28 taxing units.

June 08, 2013 4:32 pm
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