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An Indiana federal court has ruled against a former central Indiana marshal who is seeking back pay from the town of Summitville.

The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin reports the federal court in southern Indiana ruled state minimum wage law says former Summitville marshal Tony Hendrick isn't entitled to the back pay.

Hendrick sued the Madison County town last year. A Madison County judge ruled against Hendrick, saying that the town didn't qualify as an employer because it only had two full-time employees.

Hendrick argues he regularly worked between 130 and 140 hours per week as marshal, including on-call time. He says the town didn't give him the overtime or minimum wage pay. He retired in October 2013 after three decades working with the town of about 1,000 residents.


Brazilian authorities have blocked assets of Barcelona star Neymar, including a yacht, a jet and several properties worth almost $50 million.

A Sao Paulo federal court rejected an appeal from the Brazilian striker last week and started issuing warrants to freeze the assets worth 192 million reals (almost $50 million), Brazilian media reported on Monday.

Last year, Neymar, his family and related businesses were found guilty of evading 63 million reals in taxes (almost $16 million) between 2011 and 2013 when he was playing for Brazilian club Santos. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The 23-year-old Neymar used the jet to travel to Brazil for World Cup qualifying matches and holidays.

Iagaro Jung Martins, an auditor with Brazil's federal tax agency, told The Associated Press that Neymar isn't likely to go to jail if he pays what regulators say he owes.



Romania's outgoing prime minister has appeared at the high court where he's on trial for tax evasion, money-laundering, conflict of interest and making false statements.

Victor Ponta arrived at the High Court for Cassation and Justice Friday, declining comment saying he was now "a private citizen."

Ponta and his Cabinet resigned Wednesday after mass protests following a nightclub fire that killed more than 30. Protesters have staged mass rallies demanding better governance.

The charges Ponta faces refer to a period when he was working as a lawyer. He denies wrongdoing.

Prosecutors say Ponta, who is still a lawmaker, forged expense claims worth at least 181,000 lei ($45,000) from the law firm of political ally. Prosecutors say he pretended he worked as a lawyer to justify getting money from the firm.



Upsetting millions of Brazilians two years ago, soccer star Neymar jumped from Brazil to Spain to play for Barcelona. Now a Brazilian court is taking a shot of its own by charging that Neymar didn’t declare all his businesses, income, and assets and owes the nation of his birth millions in taxes.

The court has frozen his accounts as authorities investigate.

In 2013, Neymar da Silva Santos, Jr., simply known as “Neymar” by millions of soccer fans, went from playing on Brazil’s Santos football team to competing for Barcelona in Spain. Brazilians often called him “the next Pelé,” a nod to Brazil’s most famous footballer.

This week, Brazilian Judge Carlos Muta froze upwards to $48 million of the player’s assets as well as some of the accounts of his family members in order to keep him from transferring or trying to hide his income.

The judge claims that Neymar only declared a little less than $5 million in assets when he moved to Spain.

To safeguard future payments, the court froze assets worth 150 percent of what they estimate Neymar might owe including penalties and fines. An auditor with Brazil’s tax agency, though, told the media that there wouldn’t likely be any jail time and the whole thing is probably not going to be too bad for the soccer star if he just pays what he owes.

Washington wants pot tax trial in state court

  Tax  -   POSTED: 2014/06/03 12:00

The state attorney general's office has asked a federal judge in Seattle to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Washington's authority to tax marijuana sales.

In the motion Friday to U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman, the state says Martin Nickerson failed to appeal the tax assessments in a timely manner and that the issue should be resolved in state court.

The case arises from the state's attempt to collect sales taxes from a medical marijuana dispensary in Bellingham. Attorney Douglas Hiatt, who represents Nickerson, said it could throw a wrench in Washington's plans for collecting taxes on recreational marijuana, too.

The lawsuit challenges Washington state's authority to tax marijuana as long as marijuana remains illegal under federal law.


Court to hear dispute over state tax collection

  Tax  -   POSTED: 2014/05/28 15:31

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider a dispute over how a state may tax the income that its residents earn in another state.

In a case that could affect how taxes are collected in every state, the justices will hear an appeal from Maryland officials who want to overturn a lower court ruling that found the state's tax law unconstitutional.

Maryland law allows residents to deduct income taxes paid to other states from their Maryland state tax. But it does not apply that deduction when it comes to a local "piggyback tax" the state collects for counties and some city governments.

Last year, the Maryland Court of Appeals said the tax violates the Constitution's Commerce Clause. The court said the law discourages Maryland residents from earning money outside the state.

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler says the state has authority to tax all income of its residents, even income earned outside the state. He said the Court of Appeals' decision could cost local governments $45 million to $50 million annually and warned that Maryland might have to refund up to $120 million in taxes.

Equifax goes to US Supreme Court with tax appeal

  Tax  -   POSTED: 2014/04/27 21:37

Credit bureau Equifax Inc. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear appeal from an adverse tax ruling in Mississippi.

The appeal is a reaction to a 2013 Mississippi Supreme Court decision that Equifax had to prove that it didn't earn any taxable income in the state. The state Department of Revenue examined Equifax's income and allocated some to Mississippi, ruling it owed taxes and penalties.

The state Department of Revenue has a deadline of May 23 to file a response to Equifax's petition.

The Mississippi court upheld the Revenue Department's applying a market-based tax apportionment method to determine the tax bill of Equifax. The market-based method calculated the company's taxes based on revenue earned in Mississippi, thus increasing its tax liability from zero to over $700,000, according to court documents.

Lawmakers responded during the 2014 session to change how Mississippi state government collects taxes.

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