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Your Finances: Yes, Social Security benefits can be subject to taxation

Q: I am 68 years old and just recently retired from my company after 33 years. My wife and I applied for Social Security benefits. I was shocked to find out that my Social Security may be taxable. Is that true? Can my Social Security benefits be taxed for income tax purposes? John — Billings

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Federal payment cuts could slam Wyoming counties

When county leaders in Wyoming look at the bipartisan federal budget proposal, there’s something they don’t see: millions of dollars owed them by the federal government.

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Guest opinion: Give bipartisanship a chance at corporate tax reform

The partisan feuding that engulfed the latest congressional budget negotiations rivals that of the Hatfields and McCoys. But there’s a notable exception to this acrimony, one in which members of Congress have reached across the aisle in pursuit of a policy solution that holds the potential t…

November 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: State scores well in business tax competition

Gazette opinion: State scores well in business tax competition

Tax competition is an unpleasant reality for state revenue and budget officials, but it is an effective restraint on state and local taxes.

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Butte Hill renewal is focus of proposed blight resolution in Uptown

Butte Hill renewal is focus of proposed blight resolution in Uptown

BUTTE — Council on Wednesday will consider a resolution that addresses blight in Uptown Butte — as well as encourages economic development.

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Montana Senate backs one-time income tax reduction

Montana Senate backs one-time income tax reduction

HELENA — The Montana Senate backed a one-time income tax cut of $47 million Thursday as lawmakers continue to hash out competing budget priorities that threaten to chew up a projected surplus.

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Bill seeks tax hike for wealthy, cut for others

Bill seeks tax hike for wealthy, cut for others

HELENA — Swimming against the tide of a tax-cutting, Republican-controlled Legislature, a Democratic senator wants to raise state income taxes on Montana’s highest-income earners.

March 13, 2013 1:59 pm Photos

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Committee considers military pension tax exemption

Committee considers military pension tax exemption

HELENA — Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow state income tax exemptions for military pensions and military survivor benefits.

February 25, 2013 12:00 pm Related Loading…

Fuel tax hike compromise dies

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A proposal to lessen the financial impact of a state fuel tax hike failed on the Senate floor Monday.

February 04, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…
Fuel tax up for 3rd House vote

Fuel tax up for 3rd House vote

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — State lawmakers took a wait-and-see approach to a pair of highway funding bills in the days before Friday's third and final vote in the House on a contentious fuel-tax hike.

January 17, 2013 10:30 pm Related Loading…
Study shows Montana tax system rankings

Study shows Montana tax system rankings

HELENA — Montana’s tax system, which raises more than $1.87 billion a year in general-fund revenue, is fairly volatile, balanced, progressive but at times difficult for taxpayers to complete their returns and for the Revenue Department to administer.

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With revenues still uncertain, Natrona County prepares for worst-case scenario

In the wake of the recently dodged fiscal cliff of tax hikes and automatic spending cuts stands the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program -- a federal initiative whose funding is set to expire at the end of June.

January 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Any federal tax increase will hurt Montana's middle class

You don’t raise taxes in a recession. (August 2009)

December 22, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Gazette opinion: Keep 8,000 folks covered with Insure Montana

Nearly 1,500 small Montana businesses provide health insurance to their employees through Insure Montana.

December 14, 2012 12:10 amLoading…

Small-business owners push for tax increases

Should his senators need a “Joe the Plumber” type figure to testify about raising taxes, Billings small businessman Gary Mermel is ready.

December 05, 2012 10:30 pmLoading…
Wyoming gas prices stay steady as national average rises

Wyoming gas prices stay steady as national average rises

CASPER, Wyo. — Stan Douglass stopped at the Casper Flying J on Friday, in need of fuel.

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Baucus stands behind Obama on taxing the wealthy; Rehberg opposes; Tester undecided

Baucus stands behind Obama on taxing the wealthy; Rehberg opposes; Tester undecided

HELENA – When it comes to President Barack Obama’s proposal this week to extend income-tax cuts for all but the wealthiest U.S. households, Montana’s three-member congressional delegation is a yes, a no and a maybe.

July 10, 2012 7:21 pmLoading…

Wyoming gets $25 million in federal compensation money

CHEYENNE — The federal government will pay more than $25 million this year to Wyoming counties where it owns land, the U.S. Interior Department announced Thursday.

June 14, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: City must solve long-term parking problem

The Billings Parking Division needs a new financial plan.

April 30, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Politics may prevent tax simplification

WASHINGTON — Almost everyone favors “tax reform” in the abstract: Broaden the tax base by reducing deductions, credits and other tax breaks; and then cut top tax rates. But this sort of sweeping tax reform is usually a political nonstarter, and if you want to understand why, take a look at t…

February 01, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

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