Williams is a life-long taxpayer advocate who has archived the state’s largest collection of government waste. Jason heads both the Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation and its sister organization, Taxpayer Association of Oregon.

Oregon tax stimulus waste, fraud and abuse

Several reports show continual problems with Oregon and Federal stimulus spending By Oregon Tax News, Oregon State officials boast more that the 2009 Legislature’s trumpeted economic stimulus package created or retained 7,500, a feat just shy of the 8,000-plus jobs reported for Oregon under the far bigger federal stimulus program. Yet, Oregon reports spending about…

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Oregon #9 in Foreclosures, #37 in Home Insurance Costs

Oregon #9 in Foreclosures but #37 in Home Insurance Costs By Oregon Tax News, Oregon ranked as one of the top 10 states with the highest foreclosure rate in the nation according to a recent survey.  Earlier this year, RealtyTrac, the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, released its January 2010 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report…

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States hold on to tax returns to save money

States Consider Holding Tax Returns to Save Money By Oregon Tax News USA Today reported that California, Hawaii, Alabama, North Carolina, Kansas, Idaho and New York are considering delaying issuing refunds because the states did not have the cash on hand to cover the costs.  The delays come as states continue to face deep budget…

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19 new taxes, costs in Obama budget

 By Oregon Tax News, This month President Obama released a budget plan that emphasizes new spending freezes and fiscal accountability but comes with an extraordinary price tag.   Overall, the budget reveals federal spending will grow to $3.72 trillion dollars in the 2010 fiscal year and will increase to $3.83 trillion in 2011.  The Obama Administration…

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Tax News: Tax Preparers, Tanning Beds, Pets

Tax News: Tax Preparers, Tanning Beds, Pets January 15, 2010 By Oregon Tax News, New regulations, taxes, and fees and even some interesting new tax credits may be in store for this year.  Federal agencies and Congress will consider numerous policy proposals that will increase regulatory action, increase taxation, and even provide a tax breaks. …

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Oregon casino revenue declines

By Oregon Tax News, Due to the ongoing economic crisis, Oregon’s Indian gaming industry suffered a 1.2 percent decline in revenue last year, placing the state No. 24 among the 31 Indian gaming states. According to economist Alan Meister and his recently released annual Indian Gaming Industry Report, no new tribes entered the gaming business…

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Oregon leads in income taxes

Oregon TaxNews, Americans for Tax Reform did a calculation of what each state’s top income tax rate would be ifthe Bush 2001 tax cuts expire. The results are ranked from best to worst with nine states being tied ofr the first spot as these states have no income tax. Oregon was noted for being the…

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Senators blast Oregon for stimulus waste projects

By Oregon Tax News, On December 8th, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn and Senator John McCain released their Stimulus Checkup Report.  The report lists 100 projects as part of the $700 billion stimulus program targeted as waste.  Four Oregon projects made the list are listed below; Recovering Crab Pots Lost At Sea ($700,000) A $700,000 grant…

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Holiday Advertising Up Despite Down Economy

By Oregon Tax News, Holiday shoppers will get an early start this year whether they are ready or not.  Retail giants have embarked on an advertising spending spree in an attempt to lure bargain shoppers to their stores earlier this year, signaling the economy may be on the rebound. Target, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Gap all…

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Taxpayers foot the bill for environmental lawsuits

Taxpayers foot the bill for environmental lawsuits The federal government spends about the same amount of money funding environmental lawyers as it does to protect endangered species according to an investigation conducted by a Wyoming lawyer who defends farmers and ranchers involved in environmental lawsuits. According to the Capital Press, Karen Budd-Falen was curious how…

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