Thursday, February 14, 2013
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to offer advice to help answer tax questions.
Welcome to Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comment section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. It's time to file your taxes and Patch wants to help you find the answers to your questions, but we needed some help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:
Monday, February 11, 2013
Patch is looking for experts who can answer reader questions offer their expertise this week.
It's time to file your taxes, and Patch wants to help find the answers to some of your questions, but we need a little help. In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro" we need local experts who can answer readers' questions and offer advice. If you are a local tax professional and can answer reader questions in our comment section this week, let us know two ways. One: You can leave a comment on this post along with your email address. Two: You can send an email to email@example.com. We need experts to answer questions on Thursday, Feb. 14. Curious as to what we are looking for? Take a look at some of our previous Patch Pro posts: So what do you say, who wants to be our expert?
Monday, December 31, 2012
The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase request by Ameren UE that will add $10 to the average bill. Laclede Gas is also asking the commission to let it raise rates on its customers.
Running all those electric devices in your home is set to become more expensive when the New Year rolls around. The Missouri Public Service Commission has given its approval to a rate increase request by Ameren Missouri that will add about $10 a month to the average electric bill, starting Jan. 2. The $260 million rate increase for the utility's approximately 1.2 million Missouri customers was approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission on Dec. 12, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. The actual rise in your monthly bill will be dependent on your usage. The rate approved by the commission is actually less than the $376 million Ameren requested last February. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the company said the …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
One item on your April 2013 ballot might be a plan to raise sales taxes across St. Louis to pay for improvements in area parks and at the Gateway Arch.
When the April 2013 election arrives, you might be asked to vote on a potential hike to sales taxes in the city of St. Louis and both St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Keep this in mind. The increase would be 3/16 of one cent, and would help pay for improvements in area parks and at the Gateway Arch, among other things, reports the St. Louis Beacon. In a Dec. 13 article, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the money collected from the tax increase would be split in the following ways: The Missouri General Assembly approved the tax over the summer, but it still requires regional support across St. Louis, the Post-Dispatch reported. If lawmakers in St. Louis and both counties approve the issue, then it is expected to appear before …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Get the addresses and hours of the St. Louis Department of Revenue's four offices availible to serve you.
Don't forget! Missouri state law requires real property and personal property taxes to be paid by Dec. 31, 2012. Tax payments must be postmarked or received by Dec. 31 or will be considered delinquent. Delinquent payments are subject to late charges of 2 percent interest per month, or any portion thereof, with a maximum of 18 percent per year, plus a 2 percent penalty. Self-addressed courtesy reply envelopes are included with the tax bill for mailing payments. Real property and personal property tax payments may be submitted on one check and mailed in one envelope. If the self-addressed envelope is not used, taxpayers can find the mailing address on the back of the tax bill. The last day to pay tax bills in person is Monday, Dec. 31, 2012…
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Citizens can use publicly available resources to help provide input concerning Shrewsbury's budget deficit debate.
For the last year, I’ve attended the majority of the sessions held by the Shrewsbury Board of Aldermen and witnessed an ongoing discussion about how to address the city’s chronic budget deficiencies. The conversation has covered a broad range of proposed solutions, from department cuts to tax increases and (most controversially) a Walmart Supercenter, and now more than ever, your elected officials are asking for your help. At question is not whether the city is running deficits. Although a one-time financial windfall from a construction permit sliced Shrewsbury’s 2011 deficit to around $35,000 from a projected $181,000, the city previously saw a shortfall of approximately $81,000 in 2010 and is predicting to come up just over $263,000 …
Thursday, January 5, 2012
The IRS has extended the 2011 Tax filing deadline to April 17.
Once again this year, the Internal Revenue Service is giving taxpayers extra time to file their tax returns, thanks to Emancipation Day. Last year, it was an extra weekend, this year, the IRS is extending the filing deadline to Tuesday, April 17. The IRS made the announcement Wednesday on its website. According to the press release, the deadline to file 2011 tax returns and pay any tax due is extended from April 15 to April 17 because April 15 falls on a Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia, falls on Monday, April 16. The IRS stated in the release that federal law requires District of Columbia holidays to impact tax deadlines the same as federal holidays do so taxpayers get the two-day extension. The…
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The change of course appears to have cooled tensions between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and members of the St. Louis County Council.
CLAYTON — A schism between St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and members of the St. Louis County Council appears to have been averted. Roughly two weeks after the Democratic county executive appeared ready to increase property taxes in order provide raises for county employees and avoid layoffs, Dooley indicated that he had put the kibosh on the proposal. “I think that’s off the table for right now,” Dooley said during his report to the council. It happened during the council's Tuesday meeting at the Lawrence K. Roos Government Building in Clayton. The proposal to raise property taxes by 2.3 cents sparked an antagonistic reaction from council members, including Democrats such as County Council President Steve Stenger (D-Affton). …
Friday, July 29, 2011
A Clayton-based economist predicts how a debt ceiling impasse would affect St. Louis-area residents.
If a deal to raise the nation’s deficit ceiling is not reached by the Aug. 2 deadline, the sky will not fall — at least right away, said Ben Herzon, a senior economist with Clayton-based Macroeconomic Advisers LLC. “We expect a more benign scenario,” said Herzon of the 28-year-old company that provides national economic forecasting and modeling to investment banks, government agencies, Federal Reserve officials, pension funds, manufacturers and others. (See related on Patch: Q&A: Possible Debt-Ceiling Repercussions? County Layoffs, Delays) Last week, Macroeconomic Advisers provided its clients with an analysis about what it believes would occur if the deficit agreement is delayed one month. The company shared the four-page analysis with …
Sunday, April 24, 2011
The Lakeshire Police Department is co-sponsoring a shredding and pharmaceutical event on May 7.
With identity theft a real and present threat these days, it’s a good idea to be careful about what you put out in your garbage. Papers showing your social security numbers and other personal information can be dangerous in the wrong hands. If you did your own taxes, you may have several draft copies of your paperwork left over. The best policy is to have these shredded. The Lakeshire Police Department is teaming up with the Crestwood and Sunset Hills police to sponsor a South County location for the second annual “Shred-It Day.” The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 7 at Crestwood Court on Watson Road. South County residents can watch their old personal documents get shredded by a high-speed, mobile, cross-cut Shred-It …