Home ownership comes with tax benefits

As people count their blessings this holiday season, they are also determining what is tax-deductible and what is not. Today, just about everyone knows that there are tax benefits to owning a home, yet few first time homebuyers understand the significance of home ownership, and for that matter, many move-up buyers don’t really understand the […]

Strategies to increase the value of a financial legacy

Rich M. Groff II Special to Valley News After a lifetime of accumulating money, it’s common for retirees to start thinking about their legacy and what they want to leave to their children, grandchildren or a favorite charitable cause. But despite the dollar signs they see on investment and bank accounts, there’s no guarantee loved […]

The tax benefits of home ownership

The holidays are almost here, keep in mind, there is still time to make a move and enjoy the tax benefits in this 2017 tax year. Everyone knows that there are tax benefits to owning a home, yet very few first-time homebuyers understand the significance of home ownership…for that matter, many move-p buyers don’t really […]

Initiative filed to repeal car and gas tax hikes

SAN DIEGO – The statewide campaign to repeal the car and gas tax hikes is underway with the formal filing of a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to reverse the tax hikes and to require a state vote before raising car and gas taxes in the future. “Sacramento politicians really crossed the line with […]

Heads up Senate Bill 1 will cost you more than 12 cents a gallon

Jonathan Ingram Special to Valley News Governor Jerry Brown and his democratic legislature’s bill, Senate Bill 1, imposes $52.4 billion in taxes and fees that will steal from the pockets of California’s working class. It allegedly “only” adds 12 cents a gallon in state gasoline taxes, but that is an outright lie. The Board of […]

Board authorizes abatement-related fire department assessments

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County board of supervisors signed off on a Riverside County Fire Department request to add unpaid fire mitigation charges to the tax bills of individuals with properties throughout the county Tuesday, July 11. In a 5-0 vote without comment, the board approved tacking the costs onto the property tax bills of […]

Big changes ahead for taxpayers and businesses

Assemblymember Marie Waldron Special to Valley News The California State Board of Equalization is an agency familiar to our small businesses. Known as the BOE, it’s a place businesses file their quarterly sales taxes, fee and tax appeals, including fire fee and property tax appeals. The BOE handles tax fraud, taxpayer rights issues and criminal tax […]

Board sets hearing for residents to dispute fire department assessments

RIVERSIDE – The board of supervisors have scheduled a public hearing July 11 to consider opposition to a Riverside County Fire Department request to add unpaid fire mitigation charges to the tax bills of individuals with properties throughout the county. The move came following a discussion on the issue during the board’s July 13 meeting. Next […]

Outlook good for Menifee, Mayor Winter says at annual ‘State of the City’

Outlook good for Menifee, Mayor Winter says at annual ‘State of the City’

Growth was a big topic during the city of Menifee’s 2017 ‘State of the City’ address. But more than anything else, optimism was the dominant theme. Ever since vehicle licensing fee money, earmarked for newly-incorporated cities, was redirected by the state of California in 2011, the city was losing close to $7 million annually, Mayor […]

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