Laws & Taxes

Laws & Taxes

Baltimore County signs agreement with HUD to end decades of housing discrimination

Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., the NAACP of Baltimore Co., three residents of Baltimore Co. and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development have signed an agreement with Baltimore Co. to begin unwinding decades of housing discrimination against African Americans, families with children and people with disabilities.

Time for Residents to Shovel Sidewalks in Front of Their Homes

On Monday, after a massive snow storm with accumulations greater than three feet, the County asked residents to clear snow from the sidewalks in front of their homes as possible. In that request, the County noted that any enforcement for now of sidewalk snow removal would be reasonable and follow common sense. Under County law, residents are required to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice within 24 hours of the end of the storm.

Cardin Votes for Surface Transportation Bill Citing Benefits of Infrastructure Investments, but Highlights Major...

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that has oversight responsibility for major portions of surface transportation programs funded by the federal government, praised the conferees for reaching an agreement on a five-year transportation bill but issued a stern warning about the flaws in the final accord.

MIKULSKI, CARDIN, CUMMINGS, RUPPERSBERGER, SARBANES ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $3.6 MILLION TO HELP ELIMINATE HAZARDOUS...

U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin together with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.), today announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $3,365,733 million in Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program funding and $325,000 in Healthy Homes supplemental funding to the City of Baltimore. With this grant, the City will be able to address lead hazards in 230 housing units for low- and very low-income families, and perform healthy homes assessments in 330 units

County’s Consumer Protection Office Joins Better Business Bureau, U.S. Postal Inspectors to Shut Down...

The combined efforts of the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP), the Better Business Bureau serving Greater Maryland (BBB) and U.S. Postal Inspection Service-Washington Division have successfully stopped a company from continuing to mail deceptive letters soliciting Maryland homeowners to pay a fee to petition a review of their property taxes.

Time for Congress to Work Together on Deemed Repatriation Infrastructure Deal

the House will consider a short-term extension to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), providing funding through December 18, 2015. The HTF is the nation’s primary funding source for federal transportation projects and faces a long-term annual shortfall of $15 billion dollars. The HTF will expire at the end of July

Real Property Transfer Tax to Take Effect Aug. 8

The Board of the County Commissioners of Charles County enacted a county transfer tax in effect Saturday, Aug. 8. Below are the provisions of this tax

Poll Shows Strong Public Support for Using International Tax Reform to Rebuild Infrastructure

According to a new poll conducted for Morning Consult 64% of registered voters think using overseas profits to build and maintain the nation’s highways is a good idea, including 70% of Democrats, 62% of Independents and 60% of Republicans. Since 2013 Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has advocated for using repatriated revenues for new infrastructure projects, an innovative bipartisan solution that has secured support from both parties. Delaney’s Infrastructure 2.0 Act establishes an 8.75% tax on overseas profits, allowing that money to return back to our economy and providing revenues to fund a six year highway bill and create a new American Infrastructure Fund.

Maryland Real Estate Businessman Indicted for Failing to File Income Tax Returns

A Berwyn Heights, Maryland, resident was indicted by a grand jury sitting in Greenbelt, Maryland, on four counts of failure to file federal individual and corporate federal income tax returns, Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division announced today.

Montgomery County Warns Property Owners About Deceptive Letter Soliciting Payment to Reduce Property Tax...

Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) is warning property owners not to be fooled by adeceptive letter which encourages consumers to pay $99 to petition to have their property tax assessment reviewed.

SDAT Warns Homeowners of Misleading Property Assessment Letter

The State of Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation’s acting Director, Owen Charles, is warning property owners in Maryland to be on the alert for an official looking mailer from a private company with a misleading promise of a reduction in their property tax.

Montgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies Conduct Prescription Drug Take-Back DaysMontgomery County Law Enforcement Agencies...

Montgomery County law enforcement agencies will be conducting two Prescription Drug Take-Back Days in May at multiple locations. The first Drug Take-Back Day will take place on Saturday, May 2 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The second Drug Take-Back Day, sponsored by The Rockville City Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, will be conducted during the same hours on May 30. These events are safe, free and anonymous opportunities to dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs. The drug take-back initiative is part of an effort to prevent the increasing problems of prescription drug abuse and theft that continue to occur nationwide.

Delaney Announces Climate Change Legislation to Reduce Carbon Pollution, Protect Middle Class, Boost Economic...

On Earth Day, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) announces that he will introduce new legislation this spring designed to respond to the global crisis of climate change in a fiscally-responsible way that ensures that middle class families don’t pay the price for pollution. Delaney’s legislation is a unique solution to the environmental and economic costs of climate change in that it reduces the corporate tax rate and creates a new aid program for coal workers.

Deadline to File Homestead Tax Credit Application Quickly Approaching

If you own a home in Maryland, you may already know that the property value where your home is located is reassessed once every three years. But did you also know there is a program which may help make large assessment increases more manageable?

Delaney Votes Against Legislation to Repeal the Estate Tax

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) voted against H.R. 1105, legislation that repeals the federal estate tax. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the legislation would add $269 billion to the federal deficit. Under current law, the estate tax only applies to estates worth over $5.43 million dollars, less than one quarter of one percent of the population

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Federal, State and Local Housing Officials Celebrate Opening of Senior Rental...

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for The Bonifant at Silver Spring, a mixed-income 11-story apartment building with 149 units for seniors age 62 or older

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Baltimore Real Estate Agent Sentenced to Over Two Years in Prison...

U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Michael Gerard Camphor, age 60, of Baltimore, to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release on charges arising from the fraudulent purchase of four properties in Baltimore, using fraudulent loan documentation and straw purchasers, resulting in losses of over $735,000. At the sentencing on February 28, 2016, Judge Bredar also ordered Camphor to pay restitution of $735,363.47 and to forfeit $962,274.95