income tax en RI Taxes and Jobs: Who pays? Who doesn't? <p>The ancient cliché is that nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why it’s time for Rhode Island lawmakers to make a serious study of our state’s tax structure.</p><p>With Rhode Island’s economic recovery still trailing our New England neighbors, there is no better time for the General Assembly to launch a measured study of the way we levy the taxes that pay for roads, schools and social services.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:59:40 +0000 Scott MacKay 21565 at The Good and Bad of 2013 RI General Assembly <p>Rhode Island’s 2013 General Assembly made history by legalizing gay marriage. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why lawmakers don’t handle other issues in the same manner.</p><p>After a vigorous debate, the Assembly made history in April when it approved same gender marriage, making Rhode Island the 12<sup>th</sup> American state to sanction gay unions.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:54:33 +0000 Scott MacKay 17939 at It's Tax Day in Rhode Island <p>Monday is the deadline for filing state and federal income taxes.</p><p>The Rhode Island Division of Taxation says state returns are coming in slightly slower than last year because of last minute changes to the federal tax code. As of last week, 75 percent of Rhode Islanders had filed. That’s down about three percent from last year. However, refunds are up three percent to an average of $530.</p><p>Neil Downing, a chief revenue agent for the state Division of Taxation, said people who file late pay significant penalties.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:53:56 +0000 Flo Jonic 13577 at Monday, January 28, 2013 <p>It seems there are some similarities between a fire in a Brazilian nightclub over the weekend and the one in RI at the Station Nightclub a decade ago.&nbsp; There's a call to end high stakes testing that will determine whether students can graduate.&nbsp; These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.<br><br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:35:02 +0000 Lydia Rogers 9317 at Where's my tax refund? - improved <p>Officials with the Rhode Island Division of Taxation say it should be a little easier to track the progress of your income tax refund this year.<br><br>The “Where’s my refund” tool on the division’s website is being upgraded to give taxpayers more detailed information on why the refund is held up. In the past it often said ‘held for review’ – sometimes for weeks.<br><br>Neil Downing, a chief revenue agent, says it’s part of the division’s ongoing efforts to improve customer service. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:35:47 +0000 Flo Jonic 9310 at