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So far Jack Fitzgerald has created 144 blog entries.


 Ten states — Washington, Texas, Florida, South Dakota, Nevada, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Wyoming — are particularly regressive, with upside-down tax systems that ask the most of those with the least. These “Terrible Ten” states tax their poorest residents — those in the bottom 20 percent of the income scale — at rates up […]

County of Los Angeles Assessor Re-Elected

Jeffrey Prang was re-elected to his office as the 27th Assessor for the County of Los Angeles. Congratulations to Mr. Prang.

Cook County Board of Review Commissioners re-elected


Cook County Board of Review Commissioners Michael M. Carbonari and Larry R. Rogers, Jr. have been re-elected. They will be sworn in on December 3, 2018. Congratulations to both of them. 

New Cook County Assessor

Mr. Fritz Kaegi has been elected the 10th Assessor of Cook County. He will be sworn in on December 3, 2018. Congratulations to Mr. Kaegi. 

S&P lowers it’s rating on Illinois bonds

S&P Global Ratings lowered its ratings on Illinois’ Build Illinois senior- and junior-lien sales tax bonds to ‘BBB’ from ‘AA-’ upon the implementation of our recently released priority-lien tax revenue debt criteria. The outlook is stable.

“The downgrade reflects our view of the state’s general creditworthiness, which, under the new criteria, limits the final ratings on […]

Property Taxes and Local Government are the Keys to the LA Real Estate Market

By: Michael Polk 

Have you ever opened your property tax bill and, after looking it over, wondered how they come up with that amount? Or, who “they” are? Maybe you called the tax collector’s office and complained that your taxes are too high. You were likely directed to the tax assessor next.
California’s unique property tax system treats all […]

The Pending Property Tax Predicament

By: John Hallacy
October 22, 2018

Of all the human-made contrivances in the world, few can compete with the elaborate and complex treatment of the property tax. This is the one tax that generally is locally controlled. However, the host state most often sets the parameters under which the locality may craft its own tax plan. Now […]

Porter County, Indiana Assessor Indicted…Technical Violation

The Porter County assessor was indicted Friday on misdemeanor tax charges related to his private business.

Jon Snyder, 42, was charged in federal court in Hammond for alleged failure to supply information to the IRS, according to court documents unsealed Friday. The charges are related to his private business, Shoreline Appraisals, and not his role as […]

State Guide to Taxes

Updated October 2018 by Kiplinger
State-by-State Guide to Taxes

Compare state tax rates and rules — on income, ordinary purchases, gas, sin products, property, and more — across the U.S.

Click on any state in the map below for a detailed summary of state taxes on income, property, and everything you buy. View additional maps below, including our […]

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