Fiona Kelliher Detroit Free Press Published 2:38 PM EST Nov 21, 2018 Thanks to a newly approved ordinance, it may be easier for low-income Detroit residents to apply for poverty tax exemption — and avoid foreclosure — starting next year. But before that kicks in, take note: There's still time to apply for an exemption on 2018 taxes before the Dec. 10 deadline. In July, the American Civil Liberties Union and Detroit settled a lawsuit that claimed the city's poverty exemption program was tough to apply for and wasn't well-publicized. Detroit will have to "streamline" its application process and provide more notice to low-income residents. The new ordinance solidifies those requirements into law and expands upon them. Here's what you need to know about applying before Dec. 10 and beyond: What is a poverty tax exemption? Homeowners pay property taxes. But some low-income homeowners may struggle to pay their property taxes, leading to foreclosure. … [Read more...] about Low-income in Detroit? How to pay lower property taxes
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Associated Press Published 5:57 p.m. UTC Jun 2, 2018 Detroit – A judge won’t stop the state of Michigan from enforcing summer restrictions on gasoline sold at the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. Ammex operates a shop at the border, allowing Canada-bound travelers to buy a variety of products that are tax-free. But it’s having trouble getting a seasonal gas that is required in the Detroit area for better air quality. Ammex sought an injunction, claiming Michigan’s summer gas law is an illegal strike against international commerce. But federal Judge Laurie Michelson rejected the request Friday in a 43-page decision. She says Ammex in previous years had complied by finding a qualified supplier of fuel. In a court filing, Detroit International Bridge president Dan Stamper warned that Ammex could lose “substantial profits” this summer without an injunction. It typically sells 400,000 gallons of gas per month. … [Read more...] about Tax-free shop at Detroit bridge loses fight over gas
DRIVERS who park on pavements could soon being slapped with £70 fines, as authorities attempt to ‘declutter’ Britain’s roadsides. The Department for Transport is currently considering a major overhaul of national traffic laws as part of efforts to stop vehicles blocking the way for pedestrians. If approved, the new rules will allow local councils to make it illegal to park on the kerb – unless explicit permission has been granted. The move would bring the rest of England in line with parking rules in London, where parking on the pavement has been illegal for more than 40 years. The new rules would see pavements becoming more accessible for the disabled and those with pushchairs. At present, there is no law outside the capital against parking on a pavement – the ban only applies in London. Rule 22 of the Highway Code says: "You must not park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. "Parking … [Read more...] about Parking on pavements could cost you a £70 fine under new plan to free up roads
So it’s time to renew your car insurance – what do you do? Do you shop around to find the best coverage and services, or do you simply renew whatever car insurance you already have? More often than not, regular motorists will choose the latter for its convenience. After all, switching to other insurers usually involves a lot of hassle, least of which is having to prepare a list of information and documents that aren’t usually known to you – things like the recommended sum insured, details of your existing car insurance, current NCD level, vehicle chassis number and such. No one is going to have all these information right off the top of their head. But what if there’s a hassle-free way around this? With AIG Car Insurance Online, switching from other insurers to AIG can’t get any simpler. All you need to do is key in your car number plate, your own IC number and the place of use (West Malaysia or Sabah/Sarawak). Do that, and voila, all the … [Read more...] about AD: AIG Car Insurance – hassle-free renewal online or easy switch from other insurers. As simple as 1-2-3!
This time around, the rejigged opposition’s election manifesto for the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14) did not trumpet lower car prices if it came into power so loudly, unlike in the previous GE, when “Turunkan Harga Kereta” was part of a turun everything campaign. However, dig in and you’ll find that Pakatan Harapan intends to cut excise duties on imported cars below 1.6 litres for first-time buyers. PAS, now divorced from PKR and DAP, has made a somewhat similar pledge. The Islamic party has unveiled a manifesto for its Gagasan Sejahtera platform, which includes Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan) and Barisan Jemaah Islamiah Se-Malaysia (Berjasa). The manifesto includes the expected promise of abolishing the Goods and Services Tax (GST), but it also threw in something car related – exempting excise tax for first-time car buyers. The proposal by PAS is to exempt excise tax for first-time car buyers, applicable to vehicles with engine capacities … [Read more...] about PAS GE14 manifesto touts zero excise tax for first car buyers, interest-free loans