Tax

Shannon Tecoko Mays

After five years of running from justice, this week a Dallas tax preparer pleaded guilty to his role in heading a tax scam that netted more than $6 million by stealing the identity of elderly and disabled victims nationwide.

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GOP elephant

As a small business owner and a Republican for most of my life, I was pleased the GOP won the White House and majorities in Congress in the 2016 election, but now the American people need to see results from the folks we voted into office. Through my work at Clevco Construction Company, I find that the hardest part of my job is not selling and building, but the monotonous task of filing my taxes at the end of the year. It is certainly the most distasteful aspect of being a business owner.

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Lending companies that initially contact property owners offering “relief” to those delinquent on taxes are foreclosing on homes all over Jefferson County, with more than 40 lawsuits filed against local residents over the past four years and millions of dollars in assets on the line.

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Despite pulling one of the top property tax allotment checks in all of Jefferson County, on top of federal and state funding, as well as millions of dollars in annual funding from industrial agreements to keep billion-dollar properties off the tax rolls, Port Arthur ISD has found itself in routine need of additional funds from its tax base. 

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In addition to raising test scores, balancing a budget, giving raises, buying new buses and building a fund balance of over $20 million, those managing the Beaumont Independent School District are also anticipating a tax break to community stakeholders, whose property tax payments are largely forwarded to BISD.

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Ford Pavilion

Roughly two million Jefferson County tax dollars are annually allotted to support the initiatives of the Ford Park Entertainment Complex, but that isn’t the only public funding used to subsidize the privately run county venue. According to information from the county, Ford Park also receives the lion’s share of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds as well.

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Prosecutors were seeking the forfeiture of Briscoe’s Jasper home.

In March 2015, The Examiner first detailed charges filed against a Southeast Texas tax preparer in federal court alleging he fraudulently filed tax returns with the IRS claiming education credits for inmates of the Jefferson County Jail for at least three years before his scheme against taxpayers was brought to light.

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