Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:24 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:24:25 GMT
MOORE, OK (RTV/FOX) - The deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma aren't just taking a toll on people, they're also affecting pets. Many of them have lost their owners and are now housed at a makeshift shelter. TheMore >>
A makeshift animal shelter has cared for between 50 and 60 cats and dogs since Monday, and in some cases there are happy reunions. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:03 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:03:31 GMT
DOTHAN, AL (WHDN/FOX) - State health officials said a mysterious respiratory illness has left two people dead and five hospitalized in southeast Alabama. The Alabama Department of Public Health said inMore >>
Two of the seven people already admitted to the hospital have died, and no one knows what is causing the illness.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:58 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:58:53 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (WTTG/FOX) – While preparing for Memorial Day or any other outside activity, many people forget one important thing – sunscreen. Tim Turnham, an expert with the Melanoma Research Foundation, saidMore >>
Cases of melanoma, a type of skin cancer, are growing 2 percent annually for children and 3 percent for adults. The rate has doubled since 1973.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 5:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 21:56:22 GMT
VALLEY BROOK, OK (KOKH/FOX) – Joe's Addiction is an appropriate name for a coffee shop that proudly welcomes and helps drug abusers, but the city objects to the way it operates. Valley Brook Mayor DonnaMore >>
Joe's Addiction is an appropriate name for a coffee shop that proudly welcomes and helps drug abusers, but the city objects to the way it operates.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:58:40 GMT
TAMPA (WTVT/FOX) - A man is facing first-degree murder charges after he was accused of causing his girlfriend to miscarry by secretly giving her an abortion pill. John Andrew Welden, son of a Tampa fertilityMore >>
John Andrew Welden, son of a Tampa fertility doctor, allegedly tricked his girlfriend into thinking an abortion pill was an antibiotic.More >>
(RNN) – As people fill out tax forms this year, they may ponder whether the sequester will delay their anticipated refunds.
The short answer is no, but that is by no means a reason to rejoice if you're looking at the bigger picture.
It's also important to understand that the $85 billion budget cuts this year are not the only culprits in this tricky situation.
The sequester on its own will not affect returns. Internal Revenue Service staff furloughs that are almost certainly necessary would not take effect until well after the April 15 filing deadline, according to a memo obtained by the Huffington Post.
However, the last-minute passing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act pushed back the start of tax season to Jan. 30.
Those eight days of potential filing time may not seem like a lot, but considering a normal tax season is about 80 days long, that equates to 10 percent of filing time lost.
The IRS had to update its system to reflect the new laws and was still updating files for some classes of people when tax season opened. That delayed the mailing of necessary forms for some people, including small business owners, who have a March 15 filing deadline.
Reuters reported the chief tax officer of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service could not file as of March 5 because a form he needed to report income from rental property had not arrived.
A software change that affected people who are claiming student tax credits is another factor taxpayers will have to deal with. Several people have already complained about delayed returns, and it has affected an estimated 600,000 H&R Block customers.
Furloughs in the summer could mean people who file for extensions will bear the brunt of this dilemma. Correspondence with the IRS could slow to a crawl if fewer employees are available.
Reduced staff at the IRS also means the agency will have less time and people to perform audits and collections.
That's good for people who don't want to pay, but terrible for an already reeling economy.
The back and forth in the capital the past several months has reminded people of one important thing: The government desperately needs it money, too.
"Right now you may be saying, ‘boo hoo.' But fewer audits could result in billions of dollars in lost revenue and further complicate deficit-reduction efforts," tax expert and attorney Stephen Fishman wrote in a column for Inman.com. "In recent years each dollar spent on the IRS has returned at least $4 in additional enforcement revenue."
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Friday, May 10 2013 3:49 PM EDT2013-05-10 19:49:29 GMT
(RNN) - Small airport towers that faced closure due to sequestration received another reprieve from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement on FridayMore >>
The U.S Department of Transportation announced an extension of the 149 air traffic control towers that were scheduled to closed will remain open until Sept. 30.More >>
Friday, April 5 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-04-05 18:47:20 GMT
(RNN) - The Federal Aviation Administration said it will delay the closure of 149 air traffic control towers at small airports until June, according to the AP. In March the agency made the decision toMore >>
The Federal Aviation Administration said it will delay the closure of 149 air traffic control towers at small airports until June, according to the AP.More >>
Monday, March 18 2013 8:43 AM EDT2013-03-18 12:43:27 GMT
(RNN) – Will it or won't it? As people fill out their tax forms this year, they ponder whether or not the sequester will delay their anticipated refunds. The short answer is no, but that is by no meansMore >>
The sequester will not affect returns. However, the last-minute passing of the American Taxpayer Relief Act pushed back the start of tax season to Feb. 8.More >>
Saturday, March 2 2013 12:48 AM EST2013-03-02 05:48:05 GMT
(RNN) - Hours before the budget cuts known as sequestration were set to take effect, President Barack Obama has signed the order to begin $85 billion in across the board reductions.Copyright 2013 RaycomMore >>
Hours before the budget cuts known as sequestration were set to take effect, President Barack Obama has signed the order to begin $85 billion in across the board reductions. More >>
Friday, March 1 2013 7:03 AM EST2013-03-01 12:03:14 GMT
Is the sequestration scare an exaggeration or a sign that the military is an indispensable part of our economy? More >>
One oft-cited study says sequestration cuts to military spending will cost about a million jobs and the nation's security will be compromised. But is that an exaggeration or a sign that the military is an indispensable part of our economy?More >>