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PPT won't disappear with a 'yes' vote Aug. 5

Some businesses will be free of the personal property tax but not others.

July 25, 2014
One fact about Michigan’s personal property tax on business equipment is apparently overlooked in the blizzard of support for Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5 ballot. Read More

Form 5500 is late? That's $1,100 per day

Employers face Thursday deadline for employee benefits plans.

July 25, 2014
The annual deadline to file a report with the Department of Labor concerning retirement, health and welfare plans is quickly approaching for employers operating on the calendar year. Read More

Zeeland responds to Consumers' appeal

July 25, 2014
The largest tax assessment battle Zeeland has ever faced — and the largest brought this year before the Michigan Tax Tribunal by Consumers Energy — moved forward in July with the city filing its response. Read More

Grand Rapids not rolling out the red carpet for Airbnb

Short-term rentals bump up against established hospitality industry.

July 25, 2014
While Airbnb may be enjoying a slightly better reception from the city of Grand Rapids than when it was first discussed, the $10 billion sharing economy business is still getting a bit of a cold shoulder. Read More

Inside Track: Walker chief marks 40 years in law enforcement this year

For Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom, becoming a police officer in the 1970s meant overcoming a series of obstacles.

July 25, 2014
Catherine Garcia-Lindstrom stands as a much-needed example of how law enforcement can be an accepting and viable career path for women and members of minority communities. Read More

Insurers owe nearly $13.2M in refunds across state

July 24, 2014
| By AP
LANSING — The federal government said more than 184,000 Michigan health insurance customers will benefit from nearly $13.2 million in refunds, because of a provision of the nation's health care law. Read More

Construction firm donates $25K to veterans

July 24, 2014
The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is getting a special gift on Saturday. Read More

Tax collections lag economic recovery

July 18, 2014
Clear signs of an improving economy are seen on many fronts these days, but in West Michigan at least, property tax collections tend to lag behind the growth rate of income tax revenues. Read More

Health care evolution: A new era of taxes

July 17, 2014
As the evolution of the new era of health care continues, it’s critical for us to evaluate the complexity of these new laws from a variety of tax perspectives: the insurance industry, small business, health care providers, employers and, of course, the consumer. Read More

Officials arrest ex-assistant prosecutor on sex charges

July 16, 2014
| By AP
A former Kent County assistant prosecutor has been charged with criminal sexual conduct. Read More