Shoppers take advantage of tax-free weekend

By Tony Gutierrez: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico residents filed into stores Friday and Saturday to take advantage of the state’s third annual tax-free holiday. The weekend provides a chance for New Mexicans to buy school supplies for less than $15, clothing (including shoes, but excluding specialty items such as football pads) less than $100, […]

Tax-free holiday begins Friday

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Parents of school-aged children and New Mexico shoppers in general will be able to take advantage of the third annual state-wide tax holiday this weekend. The tax holiday begins Friday and ends Sunday and nontaxable items include clothing, footwear costing $100 or less, school supplies costing $15 or less, […]

Street woes plague residents

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor City of Portales officials say repair and replacement of city streets has fallen behind for lack of funding over the years. A particularly bad winter has compounded the problem and has residents clamoring for relief, they say. Portales City Councilors directed city staff to further study two options for […]

Alternative minimum tax should be repealed

Editorial According to the New York Times, “House Democratic leaders, in an effort to upstage Republicans on the issue of tax cuts, are preparing legislation that would permanently shield all but the very richest taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax, which is likely to affect tens of millions of families as early as next year […]

Tax filing deadline moved

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Income tax procrastinators have two extra days to file their taxes this year because the traditional April 15 deadline falls on Sunday. The 2006 tax deadline is April 17. Curry and Quay County residents affected by the March 23 tornado also catch a break, according to a press release […]

Tax dollars being wasted on frivolous studies

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Putting our hard-earned tax dollars where their mouths are, researchers have discovered that chile peppers date back to ancient times and even taco chips are at least 6,100 years old. Now I’m not talking about the taco chips at Wal-Mart. According to these sizzling new findings, which were published […]

Phone users eligible for tax refund

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers As a working mother, Candace Montgomery uses her cell phone frequently to maintain contact with her two teenage daughters. And the teenagers use their phones to talk for hours, text message, and download music and ringtones. “Their cell phones are like an extra appendage,” Montgomery said. “I swear it is […]

Text of Richardson’s State of the State Address

The Associated Press Text of Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2007 State of the State Address, as prepared for delivery: Lt. Gov. Denish, Senate Pro-tem Ben Altamirano, and Speaker Ben Lujan; Native American and spiritual leaders; chief justices and members of the judiciary; Democratic and Republican leaders, members of our state House of Representatives and Senate; former […]

New county tax assessor officially takes reins

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Tex Belcher officially became the new Roosevelt County tax assessor on Monday. The Democrat, who ran unopposed in November, is switching places with Royene Tivis, the former tax assessor who reached her term limit. Tivis will now become Belcher’s chief deputy, a position that Belcher held for more than […]

Governor’s tax proposal pleases local residents

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers A proposal by Gov. Bill Richardson that would offer income tax breaks to military members and retirees is good news to some area residents. Active-duty military personnel who are New Mexico residents, under the proposal, would not be required to pay state income tax on their federal salaries, and retirees […]

Boring tax untapped revenue source

By Kevin Wilson I’m not what you’d call a 9-to-5 worker — maybe more like 4-to-1. It means a lot of late nights, whether I’m working or not. It also means near-midnight snack runs — like a few nights ago at the Wendy’s pick-up window, and the drive-through cashier apologized because the printer was broken […]

Back-to-school scramble going well during tax-free holiday

Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Bargain hunters flocked to Clovis and Portales stores this weekend to take advantage of the state’s second tax-free holiday weekend. Randy Dayhoff, owner of Randy’s Shoes, said his store has done really well during previous tax holidays with customers looking for back-to-school items or even just back-to-work shoes. “It (tax-free holiday) […]

Portales parents prepare for tax holiday

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Portales mother Janie Olguin said she plans to take advantage of New Mexico’s second annual sales tax holiday this weekend and buy her 4-year-old daughter, Jeiden Arellano, school supplies and clothing. Jeiden will be attending Brown Early Childhood Center. “It sounds like it’s going to be a busy weekend. Everyone […]

Death tax will hurt people, not help; time to put it to rest

Editorial Family farms and small businesses are depending on Congress to make permanent the 2001 phase-out — leading to complete repeal in 2010 — of the “death tax,” otherwise called the estate tax. The U.S. Senate will take up the measure in the next couple of weeks. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is planning to […]

Taxpayers have two extra days to file this year

By Tonya Garner Procrastinators have two extra days to file their tax returns this year. Since the traditional April 15 filing day falls on a Saturday, the Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for most Americans to 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Jerry Carlton, U.S. Postal Service supervisor in Clovis, said the deadline for residents […]

Beware what passes through the mailbox

Helena Rodriquez How stupid do they think I am? That’s what I ask myself when I get these annoying $5 or $10 checks in the mail from credit card companies, when I get e-mails saying I’ve won dinners at restaurants or gift certificates from department stores. And then there’s the e-mail I got this week […]

House rejects, but quickly revives bill to increase state gasoline tax

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — The House did a quick about-face on a proposal that would increase the state tax on gasoline by 2-cents-a-gallon to help finance improvements to roads used by school buses. The bill initially failed Tuesday on a tie vote, 31-31, but a short time later the House revived the measure […]

Mil levy election set for today

PNT Staff Roosevelt County residents, today, will get to decided whether to keep a property tax in place to help pay for infrastructure and maintenance of Portales School District buildings. The election takes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If the mil levy is retained a property tax of $2 for each $1,000 of net […]

Early voting under way in mil levy, polls open Feb. 7

By Tony Parra Some Roosevelt County residents have already made their decision on whether they are in favor of, or opposed to keeping a property tax in place to help the Portales School District. Janet Collins, Roosevelt County Clerk, said as of Friday afternoon 27 people have returned ballots in early voting in the Portales […]

Committee shelves bill to speed up tax cuts

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to speed up the phase-in of personal income tax cuts was derailed Thursday by a House committee on a party-line vote. The measure by Rep. Justine Fox-Young, R-Albuquerque, would lower the top marginal tax rate to 4.9 percent this year rather than waiting until 2008 under the […]