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    March 24, 2014

    Woman Gets 15 Months in Prison for Causing "Tax Loss" of $90,000

    The country is broke, so when it comes to ripping off the IRS, the federal government isn't too proud to go after the small fish. Evelyn Silas, 53, was sentenced to fifteen months in prison for adding false information to twenty tax returns she filed for friends and family over a course of three ye ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    Missouri to Gays: You Can't Get Married Here, But We Will Take Your Tax Dollars

    Missouri governor Jay Nixon issued an executive order Thursday afternoon requiring the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept joint tax returns for legally married same-sex couples in Missouri. The order means same-sex marriages will be recognized for state tax purposes. The change follows a rul ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Tania Henderson Sentenced for Tax Scheme, Stole Hundreds of Identities, Many Deceased

    Tania Henderson, a 28-year-old woman who now lives in Florida, was sentenced yesterday in St. Louis for her role in leading a stolen-identity tax fraud scheme last year. In addition to a twelve-year prison sentence, the woman must also repay the IRS $835,883 in restitution, officials announced. ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    Eric Hinson, Former St. Clair Fire Chief, Sentenced For Embezzling Half A Million

    What happens when you steal more than half a million dollars from the fire department you run? In the case of Eric Hinson, you get to spend 35 months in prison -- and have to pay the money back. Hinson, former chief of the St. Clair Fire Protection District and Ladue Fire Department, officials s ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    12 St. Louis Food and Drink Deals and Freebies for Tax Day

    Today is Tax Day, also known as mass chaos at the Springfield Post Office Day. Whether today finds you scrambling to get your info in order or basking in the smug satisfaction of submitting your taxes weeks ago, there is a reward: food and drink deals at restaurants across the St. Louis area. Once ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Former St. Louisan Charged as Ring Leader of Identity Theft Operation

    You may recall Patrina Taylor, the Creve Coeur Williams who tried to use a dead person's IRS tax refund check to take the cash for herself. Well, the feds now believe she was merely one "cooperator" in a larger identity theft ring, run by a former St. Louisan living in the South. Tania Henderson, a ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    GOP State Senator Rob Schaaf on Missouri's Obamacare Deadline: "Deadline Schmedline."

    November 16, folks. That's the deadline for Missouri to decide whether our state government will set up the "insurance exchange" required by the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), or whether the feds will swoop in and set it up for us. It's only one week away, so Daily RFT called Republican sta ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Amended Illinois Strip Club Tax Passed by Senate Committee

    It's not a law yet, but the Illinois Senate Public Health Committee unanimously passed an amended version of Sen. Toi Hutchinson's (D-Chicago Heights) "skin tax" bill. Rather than the originally proposed $5 per patron charge (with the money collected going to fund rape crisis centers) Illinois strip ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    When I.R.S. Means I'm Really Starving: Where to Find Food Specials on Tax Day

    Today is tax day. Normally it's April 15, but because it fell on a Sunday this year, Americans have an additional two days to get their shit together. If you're responsible and not scrambling a la the people of Springfield, then you have one more reason to be happy today: As usual, in honor of tax d ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Tobacco Tax Campaign Has Become a Pile-On

    Image viaLotta butts in this campaign​Right now, all kinds of folks are clamoring for an increase in Missouri's tobacco tax -- at 17 cents per pack, the lowest in the nation. Yet so far, nobody's pulling in exactly the same direction.   Yesterday, state Representative Mary Still, a Democ ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Fight Over Missouri's Cigarette Tax Heats Up; Lung Association Gives State Failing Grade

    ​Missouri received its annual report card last week from the American Lung Association. The result ain't pretty. The state earned an "F" for tobacco prevention and control (spending just $58,693 last year to prevent tobacco use statewide); an "F" for smoke-free air (with legislators refusing to pa ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Lawsuit Filed Against Latest "Fair Tax" Proposals

    Lawuit: Ballot language provides bad road map for voters.​Missourians for Fair Taxation last week filed a lawsuit attempting to change the ballot language for two recent proposals that will ask voters to eliminate state income tax in favor of higher sales taxes in Missouri.The group -- composed of ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Under Fire, City Warms Up to Private Rehabbers

    ​Last spring, two big cannonballs were lobbed at the city's mechanism for handling properties that have fallen through the cracks and into the public hands. The first blow landed on April 19. That was the day  Audrey Spalding of the Show-Me Institute, a conservative think-tank, released her o ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Drury Hotel in Chesterfield Loses Five-Year-Old Tax Appeal

    Death and taxes: Drury learned this one the hard way.​When St. Louis County assessed Chesterfield's new Drury Plaza Hotel at $23.1 million in 2006, even though the hotel had not yet opened, the owners cried foul. The St. Louis-based company proffered its own appraisal of the property -- this one s ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Governor Nixon Toys With City's Hopes for Local Control in Special Session

    Will Governor Nixon throw St. Louis a bone this September?​On Wednesday, Mayor Francis Slay wrote on his blog and the Post-Dispatch reported that a bill to bring local control to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department would be included in the special session now being planned for Septemb ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Reports: Legislative Leaders Approve Subsidies for China Hub

    Legislators make the numbers add up.​Word is that Republican leaders in the Missouri House and Senate have hammered out a deal to provide $360 million in tax credits to subsidize construction and flights for a proposed cargo hub at Lambert St. Louis International Airport. The full legislature woul ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    John Steffen Re-Indicted; Feds Claim St. Louis Developer Defrauded Bank

    In 2007, John Steffen (far left) and another developer, Craig Heller, received recognition from First Lady Laura Bush.​Nine months after a court dismissed a federal indictment against John Steffen, the U.S. Attorney's office is again filing charges against the developer, who's best known for trans ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Cinnabon Gives a Free Sugar Boost on Tax Day

    Cinnabon​ Tax Day - even with a few buffer days because who in the world can turn in their taxes on a Friday? That's practically, almost the weekend! - is so stressful. Especially for people who've waited until the very last minute to file. To reward poor time management, mall-based Cinnabon ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Mayday McCaskill Caught in a Tailspin Over Private Plane

    Look, I can explain. I was suffering altitude sickness.​A once high-flying Missouri politician plummeted to Earth yesterday. The only question now: Can she survive the wreckage?  Claire McCaskill's reputation took perhaps its biggest hit in her nearly five years in the U.S. Senate on Mo ... More >>

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    March 22, 2011

    Claire McCaskill's "Damn Plane" Now For Sale on Craigslist

    It's a bird ... it's a shit bird pain in the ass!​Well! Look who's selling her private plane on Craigslist! Now, you might think this ad is a joke, but what kind of wiseguy would mock Missouri's senior senator for failing to pay taxes on her personal aircraft for, oh, four freakin' years? ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Missouri Latest State to Push for Online Sales Tax

    Local retailers want to wipe that smug smile off those boxes. ​Two state representatives held a press conference today in the University City Loop, calling attention to legislation that would add sales tax to purchases Missouri residents make over the Internet. State representativ ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Rex Sinquefield's Placement on St. Louis Art Museum Board Violates Law

    Sinquefield: Francis Slay has his back on museum placement.​The Post-Dispatch this morning follows up on a story Daily RFT broke months ago. That's the fact that Rex Sinquefield, the financier who spent $11 million to get a recall of St. Louis' earnings tax on next month's ballot, is not registere ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Comment of the Day: "Living in Civilization Costs Money"

    Today's comment of the day comes in response to Chad Garrison's post about a Fenton man who wants to do away with the state's personal property tax -- which Garrison compared to billionaire financier Rex Sinquefield, who's trying to eliminate the earnings taxes in St. Louis and Kansas City.As "J. Br ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Board of Aldermen Turn up the Heat

    ​Today's Board of Aldermen meeting kicked off with a complimentary Christmas concert by the Rosati-Kain High School choir. After the warblers finished their hymns about a poor baby shivering in a chilly night, the city's lawmakers voted to help ensure St. Louis children never go to bed cold. Coin ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Hearings This Morning on St. Louis Casino Proposals

    A rendering of Casino Celebration at I-270 and Riverview.​Got anything to say in support or opposition to two casino proposals currently under consideration in St. Louis? Then head on down to the Renaissance Hotel at the airport a.s.a.p. That's where the Missouri Gaming Commission is holding heari ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    St. Louis Named 11th-Worst City for Sales Tax

    It adds up.​Another day, another city-ranking listing St. Louis as the worst city for __________ (insert blank). Today's survey comes from the website Business Insider that names St. Louis as one of the "15 Cities with Ridiculously High Sales Tax."St. Louis ranks in at No. 11 according to Business ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    John Steffen: Owner of Pyramid Construction Indicted for Fraud

    One of the St. Louis' biggest downtown developers of the past decade was indicted this morning on federal fraud charges.georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.govJohn Steffen (left) and fellow St. Louis developer Craig Heller receive a preservation award from Laura Bush in May 2007.​The United States Att ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Missouri's Sales Tax Holiday Begins Today; Don't Pay Tax on Clothes, Computers

    'Cause really, this is what the Tea Party was all about.​Rejoice ye patriots! Today through Sunday in the land of Missouri back-to-school shoppers can free thyselves from the shackles of government tyranny. That's right, this weekend is Missouri's sales tax holiday for "school" goods, such as clot ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Missouri Legislators Approve Tax Break for Ford -- Let's Hope Governor Nixon is Right

    Missouri showers Ford -- in a good way.​In the end Governor Jay Nixon got his way. His special-session bill to provide nearly $150-million in tax giveaways to Ford Motor Co. and its suppliers overcame rounds of criticism and a 20-hour filibuster yesterday with Missouri legislators finally approvin ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Last Refuge of the Penny-Pinching Smoker: Missouri!

    Image viaCheap cheap! Gummed lungs!​On July 1, Missouri will have the cheapest smokes in the entire U.S. of A.Previously, only South Carolina's excise tax was lower. But last month, lawmakers there voted to increase it to 57 cents per pack. In Missouri, the bargain basement ciggie tax is still at ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Local Producers the Trak Starz Charged With Allegedly Failing to File Federal Income Taxes

    Jennifer SilverbergThe Trak Starz in 2004​Shamar Daugherty and Alonzo Lee -- a.k.a. the Trak Starz, one of the city's most-decorated and prolific hip-hop/pop production teams -- have been charged with "allegedly failing to file federal income taxes," according to the Post-Dispatch. Yesterday, ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Missouri Could Soon Have Lowest Cigarette Tax in Nation if South Carolina Bill Becomes Law

    Missourah: Smoking with little cents since 1821.​The South Carolina legislature yesterday approved a bill that would raise cigarette taxes in that state from a nationwide low of 7 cents per pack to 57 cents. South Carolina governor Mark Sanford has said he'll veto the bill, though given the strong ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Mustache Institute Demands Tax Break for Lip Hair

    In an eleventh-hour move, the St. Louis-based American Mustache Institute today (Tax Day Eve) rolled out an initiative calling on the federal government to allow deductions for mustache wearers. The group is asking for a $250 tax break, which is what it says mustached men (and women), must spend eac ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Future of St. Louis Public Transportation Up for Vote Today

    Will Metro make it this time?​Voters in St. Louis County today will be asked to approve a half-cent sales tax hike for Metro. If approved, Proposition A would also trigger quarter-cent tax increase in the city. All told, the tax hike would raise $70-$80 million a year for Metro, which plans to use ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Hey St. Louis, About That Billionaire Knocking on Your Door...

    ​Attention St. Louis City residents: If this guy knocks on your door in the next few weeks, don't worry. He's not -- we repeat not -- a Jehovah's Witness. Though he is attempting to convert you. His name is Rex Sinquefield, and he wants your help eliminating the city's 1 percent earnings tax. Sinq ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    FoodWire: Tax-Day Specials at McCormick & Schmick's

    New seafood restaurant McCormick & Schmick's (17 West County Center) is offering special deals to ease the pain of tax day. Some menu items will cost only $10.40, and diners will receive a coupon for $10.40 toward a future visit to the restaurant. 

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    May 28, 2008
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    October 31, 2007

    Grudge City

    OFallon, Missouri: Home to petty feuds, poisonous politics and prickly postcards.

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    August 27, 2007
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    December 1, 2004

    Hell No, We Won't Go!

    A south St. Louis neighborhood raises a ruckus over plans to demolish homes for a shopping center

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    September 4, 2002

    Dollar for Dollar

    The politics of Vince Schoemehl's fundraiser for Frankie the Saint

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    July 17, 2002

    Numbers Game

    Tax exemption for fat cats is the only issue Shrewsbury and Krewson won't talk about

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    November 7, 2001

    There's No Place as Bad as This Home

    Assessment flap doesn't bode well for the county's ambience

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    June 27, 2001

    Ballpark Pillage

    Proposed Cardinals boondoggle gives new meaning to fuzzy math

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    June 20, 2001

    The Health (Club) Menace

    Competition is healthy for the marketplace -- except when the government tips the scales

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    May 16, 2001

    Base Motives

    Well-heeled cities and developers keep TIF reform at bay

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    August 2, 2000

    Wages of the City

    Even if the living-wage proposal passes, don't look for any drastic changes for many St. Louisans eking out a living on minimum pay

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    January 12, 2000


    The strategy for a new baseball stadium includes enlisting the involvement of key downtown developers while limiting public say over subsidies

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    October 6, 1999
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