Susan Tompor and Janna Herron Detroit Free Press Published 6:13 AM EST Jan 25, 2019 Sitting down to do your taxes in the next few weeks — or talking with your tax preparer — will involve tackling the most sweeping changes in the federal income tax rules in more than 30 years. Tax filers need to keep in mind that more than 600 changes took place under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was passed by Congress in late 2017. All those changes even drove some industry experts to raise concerns early on about possible delays to the typical late January start of the tax season — and that was long before the federal government shutdown hit on Dec. 22. Even so, the Internal Revenue Service promises to kick off tax season as of Jan. 28, the earliest date you can file your returns. Will things end up being simpler? Maybe, if you’re able to tap into a substantially expanded standard deduction and you no longer must string together all sorts of receipts … [Read more...] about When to file your taxes and what new rules to expect
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By Peter M. DeLorenzo Detroit. Ah yes, 2018, what a spectacular time to be in the automobile business. With the promise of new beginnings and untold profits dancing in "The New Visionaries'" heads, a Next Frontier marked by a horde of shiny happy zombie cars careening across the landscape, and a blissfully unaware populace with joker-like grins plastered on their faces as they revel in the mindless, pay-as-you-go un-involvement – what could possibly go wrong? Meanwhile the real-world market has been upended by actual paying customers and their insatiable desire for Crossovers, SUVs and Trucks, to the point that legacy auto companies like GM have been caught out of position and unprepared, forcing it to close underperforming plants and cut thousands of workers. GM blames the market conditions, but I place the blame squarely on management for their lack of planning and inability to anticipate where the market was going. Add to this chaotic situation the headlong rush of … [Read more...] about DIGITAL DISCIPLES, ZOMBIE CARS, AND ENOUGH DELUSION AND HUBRIS TO POWER THE NEW EMERALD AUTO CITY JUST OVER THE HILL. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG, BESIDES EVERYTHING? THAT’S RIGHT, IT’S TIME FOR THE AUTOEXTREMIST 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW!
PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 September 2018 Firefighters tackling the blaze which severely damaged part of Roding Primary School in Dagenham. Picture: KEN MEARS Archant Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week. Fire at school could be a lessonDr Leonard Restall B Ed, M Ed (hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes: The fire which caused significant damage to the Roding Primary School reported in last weeks Post will be a blow to the education of the pupils attending that school. This happening just before the commencement of a new term is a sad event for the pupils, who may have been looking forward to their new term.The cause of the fire may not yet have been confirmed but it will be essential to determine the cause and take measures to reduce any further possibilities of such a calamity. The effects of the fire and the hight of the flames reported could have had much more devastating effect upon other parts of the school together with neighbouring … [Read more...] about Post letters: Fire at Roding Primary, fighting poverty and town centre developments
John Carlisle Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Aug 2, 2018 They don’t want to flee from Detroit. They’d like to continue the work they came here to do. But the devil is doing his best to stop them. “I just wanted to make a change, man,” said Apostle Michael Beasley, the 55-year-old pastor of Total Life Change Ministries on the city’s west side. “I want to stay, but I can’t tell you I don’t get moments where I’ve thought about leaving.” His church is located inside a defunct elementary school near Greenfield and Tireman. Just a few years ago, he had a nice home and a successful church in the suburbs. Then, he said, he heard the voice of God tell him to move to Detroit, buy this massive school and help rebuild a neighborhood. He followed the call. And his church has been beset by thieves and robbers ever since. Over and over, someone keeps breaking into the building, methodically stealing the copper pipes … [Read more...] about After 20 burglaries, a Detroit church struggles to survive
Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 10:01 p.m. UTC Jul 6, 2018 LANSING — Create a state-operated Internet service provider. Appoint a school reading czar. Use corporate-sponsored videos in social studies classes to try to steer students into high-vacancy jobs. Those were among the responses received when the Free Press asked the seven major-party candidates for governor to each step up with just one new idea to address a Michigan problem — large or small — along with how to pay for it. Other ideas? Eliminate the state income tax. Shake up the Michigan Department of Transportation to reflect a new emphasis on self-driving vehicles and borrow up to $20 billion to fix roads and other crumbling infrastructure. Transform welfare programs into jobs programs. Spend more than $3.6 billion on a raft of programs to draw more women into the workforce. With just one month to go before the Aug. 7 primary, four Republicans and three Democrats are … [Read more...] about Does anyone running for governor have a new idea? We asked the candidates