tax credit en Study: 436,000 Michiganders qualify for subsidized healthcare <p>More than 436,000 Michigan residents will qualify for tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, according to a report released today from the Kaiser Family Foundation.</p><p>According to <a href="">the study</a>, 17 million Americans are eligible for tax credits that will lower their cost of coverage.</p><p>Most of those eligible folks come from states with high populations: Texas, for instance, is estimated to have over 2 million residents who would qualify for subsidies.</p><p>California’s not far behind with $1.9 million.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:34:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15134 at Study: 436,000 Michiganders qualify for subsidized healthcare College grads could get tax credit for loans if they stay in Michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - New legislation would give college graduates an income tax credit for their student loans if they stay in Michigan after graduation.<br><br>The credit would be equal to half the amount paid on qualified student loans in a tax year but couldn't exceed 20 percent of the average annual tuition at Michigan's public universities. To be eligible, students would have to be a state resident, a graduate of a Michigan university and have earned a bachelor's degree.<br><br>Democratic Senator Glenn Anderson of Westland says his <a href=";objectName=2013-SB-0408">bill introduced last week</a> gives graduates an incentive to stay in Michigan and helps address the "brain drain" of grads leaving the state. His legislation is backed by Democrats along with a couple Republicans in the GOP-led Senate.</p><p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 14:35:32 +0000 The Associated Press 12960 at College grads could get tax credit for loans if they stay in Michigan A freshman Representative's bill could fix Michigan's 'Brain Drain' <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>As new grads drift out of Ann Arbor after last weekend's commencement, where will they go?</p><p>Degrees in hand, they're on the job search - which doesn't mean they're staying in Michigan.</p><p>State Representative Andy Schor, D-Lansing, is the sponsor of House Bill 4182, which would provide tax credits to college graduates of public or private four-year colleges and universities in Michigan.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 21:04:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 12431 at A freshman Representative's bill could fix Michigan's 'Brain Drain' In this morning's headlines: film incentives, tax credits for students loans, online sales tax <p><strong>Senate votes to keep film incentive money</strong></p><p>"Michigan’s film industry wouldn’t lose a dime of the $50 million currently set aside for state incentives under a proposal in the Legislature. The state Senate voted to reject Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to cut the incentives in half," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Proposed bill would give tax credits for student loans</strong></p><p>"State tax credits could be given for student loan payments if a new bill in Lansing becomes law. The tax credit would equal half of a student's annual loan payments, if the graduate stays in Michigan," Chris Zollars <a href="">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Bill would make Michigan online retailers charge sales tax</strong></p><p>"Michigan lawmakers are looking at how to get online retailers to collect state sales taxes. Currently, shoppers are supposed to report any sales taxes they owe on online purchases, and pay them with their income tax, but most people don’t. A proposed bill at the state capitol would put the responsibility on the online retailer," Steve Carmody<a href=""> reports.</a></p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 12:01:28 +0000 Emily Fox 12357 at In this morning's headlines: film incentives, tax credits for students loans, online sales tax Student loan payments may be tax credits <p>Student loan payments may be applied as tax credits if a new bill in Lansing becomes law. Democratic State Representative Andy Schor is sponsoring the legislation.&nbsp;</p><p>He says “it’s the start of keeping that talent here and reversing the brain drain as we create some of the places where they want to be.” Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:31:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12354 at Student loan payments may be tax credits Lansing City Council approves tax abatement for General Motors <p>The Lansing City Council has approved a 12 year-four million dollar tax abatement for General Motors.</p><p>GM is planning a $38 million expansion to its Lansing Grand River assembly plant.&nbsp; The expansion is expected to add 150 jobs to the plant.</p><p>GM currently makes its Cadillac ATS and CTS at the Lansing plant.&nbsp;&nbsp; The automaker also plans to start producing its next generation Camaro at the Lansing plant.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12244 at Lansing City Council approves tax abatement for General Motors Tax increases affecting more Michigan residents <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - In the height of tax season, many Michigan residents owe more money to Lansing.<br><br>Some major income tax changes approved 21 months ago by Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers are just now starting to hit taxpayers filing their state returns.<br><br>Homeowners and renters used to qualify for a credit if their household income was no more than around $83,000 a year. Now they don't get it unless their total household resources are $50,000 or less.<br><br>A state tax deduction for children is gone. So is a special exemption for seniors.<br> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 14:56:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11269 at Tax increases affecting more Michigan residents Groups brace for end of charity tax break <p>Michigan taxpayers who want to get a state tax credit for some charitable donations have about a week and a half left before the credits expire. Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature eliminated the credits as part of a tax overhaul designed to help balance the budget.</p><p>Many groups say it&#39;s difficult to&nbsp;predict how the&nbsp;expiration will affect charitable giving.</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 23:06:48 +0000 Laura Weber 5533 at Groups brace for end of charity tax break GM, other companies get Michigan state tax credits <p>A state board has approved tax incentives for projects connected to General Motors and other companies in Michigan.</p><p>The Michigan Economic Growth Authority on Tuesday approved an amended brownfield tax credit valued at $10 million for GM&#39;s Van Slyke complex in Flint. The new project is expected to retain up to 185 jobs.</p><p>HP Enterprise Services is a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard and was awarded a tax credit valued at $3.5 million over the next seven years. The credit will support a project in Pontiac expected to create up to 250 jobs.</p><p>Magna Exteriors and Interiors USA will receive a $1.5 million tax credit over the next three years connected to facilities in Howell, Benzonia and St. Clair County&#39;s China Township. More than 300 new jobs are connected to the projects. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:00:50 +0000 The Associated Press 2880 at GM, other companies get Michigan state tax credits Snyder wants to scrap tax breaks for cleaning up old industrial sites <p></p><p>A state Senate committee opens hearings tomorrow on Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s tax reform proposals.</p><p>Altogether, two dozen tax breaks could disappear if the governor&rsquo;s plan is adopted.</p><p>Ending the tax exemption for pensions has gotten a lot of attention, but the plan would also largely eliminate the use of tax breaks that encourage the re-use of old factories and historic buildings. Mon, 09 May 2011 21:53:47 +0000 Rick Pluta 2416 at Snyder wants to scrap tax breaks for cleaning up old industrial sites Michigan's film industry urges compromise on tax credits <p><a href="">Governor Rick Snyder</a>&rsquo;s proposal to get rid of the current film tax credit and replace it with a more modest grant program has met with a <a href="">lot of resistance</a> from the film community.</p><p>But now some film folks say they&rsquo;re willing to compromise.</p><p>Since 2008, Michigan has offered up to a 42% tax credit for movies made here. That amounted to the state paying out&nbsp; $60 million last year.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 18:52:46 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1991 at Michigan's film industry urges compromise on tax credits New debate over Detroit's incinerator <p>Detroit is home to one of the world&rsquo;s largest incinerators. That facility burns around 800,000 tons of trash every year.</p><p>The issue has sparked passionate conflict in Detroit for more than 20 years. And a recent public hearing&mdash;on whether to give the incinerator&rsquo;s new owners tax credits&mdash;showed that <a href="">conflict is just as intense as ever</a>.</p> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:36:49 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 1864 at New debate over Detroit's incinerator Eliminating business tax credits <p><strong>Update 12:21 p.m.</strong></p><p>The State of Michigan will have to honor some tax credits for years to come because of contractual obligations.&nbsp; In a speech today, Governor Snyder indicated over the next four years, the state was on the hook for $2-billion dollars in credits.&nbsp; About $500-million of that is in next year&#39;s budget.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>March 2nd, 8:23a.m.</strong></p><p>Governor Snyder says his approach to taxes in Michigan is &ldquo;simple, fair, and efficient.&rdquo;&nbsp; One way the Governor wants to make the tax structure more fair is by eliminating all tax credits for business.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a controversial move which surprised many people in Lansing. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 17:21:00 +0000 Lester Graham 1470 at Eliminating business tax credits Snyder: 'I knew the honeymoon would end' <p><a href="">Governor Rick Snyder </a>defended his budget proposal in front of a group of Detroit business and civic leaders this morning.</p><p>The governor wants to get rid of the tax breaks Michigan gives certain industries, and replace them with smaller pots of money that would be issued as grants.</p><p>Snyder told the crowd Michigan has been offering tax incentives to certain businesses for years because its tax system is broken. And he says he&rsquo;s been talking about his plan for fixing it since he was a candidate.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;People kept going around Lansing and saying: &#39;Well, he did what he said he was going to do.&#39; And it was like that was a surprise.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Snyder says his proposal is more transparent, accountable and honest than what the state does now. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 16:32:40 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1492 at Snyder: 'I knew the honeymoon would end' Plug-in electric tax credit should be a rebate, says U.S. Sen. Stabenow <p>U.S. Senator <a href="">Debbie Stabenow</a> has introduced legislation to help people who buy plug-in electric cars – and to help the companies making the advanced vehicles.</p><p>Right now, someone who buys a plug-in electric car like a Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt gets a tax credit of up to $7,500.&nbsp;&nbsp;But the buyer doesn’t collect the money until tax time.</p><p>Stabenow says the program could be improved.</p><blockquote><p>I think it would be an even bigger incentive if it were on the front end for consumers.</p></blockquote><p>Stabenow says Congress already approved the money for the tax credit, so it wouldn’t cost any more to give it out as a rebate at the time of sale.</p><p>Currently, cars that qualify for the full rebate include the Chevy Volt, the Nissan Leaf, and the Tesla Roadster. Coda and Wheego also make an electric vehicle that qualifies for the credit. Ford, Fiat and Toyota plan to launch electric plug-in cars within the next year.</p><p>Stabenow’s legislation would also commit the federal government to spend two billion dollars to help companies that make advanced lithium ion batteries for vehicles. That’s on top of the two billion dollars the federal government has already spent to help the new industry.&nbsp;</p><p>The Congresswoman&nbsp;admits the legislation is being proposed during a tough budget year:</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;(But) I think that strategic investments in innovation like battery innovation and manufacturing equals jobs – and so I’m hopeful that this will be a priority.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan received the lion’s share of the last round of federal grants for advanced battery development– more than one billion dollars.&nbsp; Michigan now has more advanced battery companies than any other state. Tue, 08 Feb 2011 00:10:46 +0000 Tracy Samilton 1194 at Plug-in electric tax credit should be a rebate, says U.S. Sen. Stabenow GOP lawmaker says film tax credits have merit <p>Republican state senator Rick Jones says Michigan’s film tax credit might need to be trimmed, but he doesn’t think it should be eliminated.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder has said he’s going to put Michigan’s generous film tax credit policy under the microscope.</p><p>Movie companies can get up to a 42 percent tax credit if they film here.</p><p>But State Sen. Rick Jones says movies made in Michigan can be good for the state, because a hit<em> </em>can bring residual money into a community:</p><blockquote><p>A good example would be "Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeve." We still have people traveling to Mackinac Island to see where that movie was made. There are still souvenirs sold, and it increases tourism.</p></blockquote><p>Jones says his position has nothing to do with the possibility that the next Batman movie may be shot in his hometown of Grand Ledge.</p><p>Another movie, “Red&nbsp; Dawn,” was also filmed in&nbsp; Grand Ledge&nbsp; and is awaiting release. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 22:11:13 +0000 Rina Miller 1161 at GOP lawmaker says film tax credits have merit Energy credit brings businesses last-minute flurry <P>Michigan businesses that make and install residential furnaces, windows and other energy-related products are getting a burst of last-minute jobs before the year ends.</P> <P>Tony Ianni is a sales manager for <A href="">WeatherGard</A>, which installs windows, roofs and insulation – all of which qualify for a<A href=""> federal tax credit for energy efficiency</A>:</P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P>"It’s definitely been a big push, everybody’s calling and the first question out of their mouths is, 'Can we still get the tax credit?'”&nbsp;</P></BLOCKQUOTE> <P>Ianni says informing customers about the credit has been a big push for his industry. "Of course all your last-minute people are coming through now, trying to get everything done," he said.&nbsp;</P> <P>The tax credit also applies to hot water heaters, furnaces and stoves that burn wood or pellets. It’s good for 30 percent of the cost of the project, up to 15-hundred dollars. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:59:01 +0000 Sarah Hulett 708 at Energy credit brings businesses last-minute flurry