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  • Cigarettes could cost you more if Proposition 29 passes in June

    May 24, 2012 9:44 PM

    Smokers could be paying more for the pack of cigarettes, if Proposition 29 passes on June 5th. The Proposition 29 tax increase would pay for cancer research and support programs. Right now, the tax on cigarettes is .87 cents. And, if could go up to a $1.87 if Proposition... more »
  • Tax tips to save you money

    April 12, 2010 9:38 PM

    If you've been putting off doing your taxes, listen up! You have three days to get them done. Don't worry. You're not alone. The IRS says around 40 million people wait until the last two weeks to file their taxes. As of the end of March, the number of... more »
  • Reusable bags becoming more popular

    April 6, 2010 9:54 PM

    More cities across America are taking up the fight against plastic shopping bags. The city of Santa Barbara is one of them. It's currently considering a 25-cent tax on plastic bags. City leaders say it's not only environmentally friendly, but would raise millions of dollars in added revenue. The... more »
  • DIY tax preparation can cost you

    March 29, 2010 8:52 PM

    Do-it-yourself projects around the house are one thing, but do-it-yourself taxes can be a whole different monster, and that's become clear in this current recession. Some major tax specialists are reporting huge drops in the number of returns they're filing this year, while consumer tax products have seen a... more »
  • Controversy flares up over proposed oil tax

    March 18, 2010 1:40 PM

    Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) has introduced a controversial new bill called The Oil Industry Fair Share Act. The legislation would establish an oil severance tax of 10 percent on the gross value of each barrel of crude oil pumped by companies in California. He says the tax will provide... more »

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