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Tax Relief in Maine

Maine MapStatistics regarding personal finances in Maine with respect to taxes tend to put the state in the top quarter of nationwide rankings. For example, Maine’s top rate of 7.95% for state income tax ranks 9th highest among states with an individual income tax. Its average collection of $1070 in state and local taxes per resident places Maine in 14th highest place among all fifty states.

Similarly, Maine has the 11th highest average amount of collected property tax, with a rate of approximately $1,808 per capita.

However, Maine’s average federal tax per resident of $7,660 is the second lowest in the nation, more than $4,000 less than the national average. This is in spite of Maine having the 15th highest median household income in the United States, with a typical household earning $50,121 in a year. The state has seen an overall decline in that median household income at a rate of 7.7%.

Some Mainers find themselves in trouble as they look at their weekly income and struggle to afford basic necessities like food, rent, utilities, and gas for transportation to work and school; there is often nothing left over to set aside in a saving account for future tax bills. Tax relief strategies are gaining popularity in Maine as individual residents struggle to meet their tax obligations in light of unemployment, medical bills, and other financial difficulties.

Tax relief companies offer clients the ability to avoid the stress of knowing they owe money to the IRS or to state collection agencies, and the possibility of having their assets seized or their wages garnished. Experts in tax relief are able to employ a number of tools in their clients’ behalf, such as offers in compromise, traditional installment agreements, negotiation of penalty abatement, and tax return amendment and review.

 

LePage bill intended to help protect elderly from tax lien foreclosure in limbo

... LePage was so nice to call me and said he'd help me, and I appreciate it an awful lot." A message left Friday for Caribou City Manager Dennis Marker was not returned. A man in the tax lien department referred a reporter to Tax Collector Wanda ...

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 14:40:00 GMT



School funding, tax reform in limbo in Maine

Maine lawmakers and Gov. Paul LePage are blaming each other for legislative inaction during the run-up to a crucial campaign season AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers and Republican Gov. Paul LePage are blaming each other for legislative inaction ...

Published:  Sat, 12 May 2018 10:38:00 GMT



Maine Governor: Some Residents May Have to Amend Tax Returns

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage said some Maine taxpayers may have to amend their 2017 tax returns if state lawmakers fail to return to make changes to ensure the state's income tax code conforms with the federal tax overhaul.

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 06:34:00 GMT



Pottstown School Board OKs $62.7M budget with 3.5% tax hike

POTTSTOWN >> For the first time in four years, school taxes in Pottstown are set to go up after June 30. With a 7-2 vote Thursday night, the Pottstown School Board adopted a preliminary $62.7 million budget that will raise taxes by 3.5 percent - the ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 13:10:00 GMT



Letter to the editor: Support tax conformity for Maine businesses

Legislators must support L.D. 1655 to create tax conformity for Maine businesses. Without this bill, there will be an egregious inconsistency between federal and Maine tax laws. Businesses will have to keep two sets of books; one for state depreciation and ...

Published:  Sat, 12 May 2018 06:51:00 GMT



"˜Age-friendly' means low taxes

Is Readfield an age-friendly community In a survey done by the newly formed Age Friendly Committee, most people said the best way to help seniors was to lower their taxes. In light of this, the Union Meeting House supporters, after asking for $5,000 in a ...

Published:  Sun, 20 May 2018 01:10:00 GMT



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If voters approve Proposition 69, money from the gas tax could still be borrowed for "cash flow" purposes, but it would also have to be repaid, said Ethan Elkind, a transportation expert at UC Berkeley School of Law. "It looks pretty airtight to me ...

Published:  Sun, 13 May 2018 05:44:00 GMT



"˜Cry me a river': Here's what some readers say about Seattle's proposed head tax

Here's what people are saying about a proposal by Seattle City Council members to tax big employers, such as Amazon, to address the city's housing affordability crisis. A number of people across the region responded to a series of Seattle Times ...

Published:  Tue, 08 May 2018 06:00:00 GMT



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