City tracks down e-tax evaders

Posted September 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

Northeast News
Sept. 9, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Since launching its integrated revenue system in June 2013, Kansas City, Mo., has collected more than $925,000 from 2,800 delinquent taxpayers. The city’s new revenue system, RevKC, syncs with Internal Revenue Service data to identify individuals and businesses failing to pay earnings tax. These automated matches – which were ad hoc before the new system – have resulted in enhanced compliance and revenues.

The city requires anyone living or working in Kansas City, Missouri, to file and pay earnings tax. These new matches will initially target those residents who work for employers located outside the city who fail to withhold the earnings tax. The city does not require nonresident employers to collect the earnings tax by withholding the city portion of tax from the worker’s paycheck, and not all of those workers voluntarily remit the tax.

To handle the increased volume of cases, the city

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    Roads closed this weekend due to multiple races

    Northeast News
    Sept. 5, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — City officials are advising motorists that area events will impact traffic in the 18th & Vine District Saturday and Downtown on Sunday.

    Taking place on Saturday, the Niles Home 5k will affect traffic around the 18th and Vine District. The race begins at the Niles Home for Children, 1911 E. 23rd St., winding its way through the 18th & Vine District and ending at the Niles Home for Children. The race will impact traffic from approximately 8 – 11 a.m.

    For more information about the race, visit www.nileshomekc.org.

    The Kansas City, Mo., Police Department is sponsoring

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    To the far right, Andrew McConnell leads protestors in chants and song while some members of the group participate in civil disobedience and sit on the off-ramp for I-70.

    Local fast food workers protest outside Northeast McDonald’s

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    Sept. 4, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Thursday’s lunch rush outside a Northeast McDonald’s came to a screeching halt.

    Nearly 200 protestors from various fast food chains including McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and Wendy’s gathered outside of McDonald’s, 1421 Prospect Ave., as part of a local and national effort to push the companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The current minimum wage in Missouri is $7.50 an hour – 25 cents more than the federal minimum wage. Earlier this year, a state Senate committee advanced legislation that could raise Missouri’s minimum wage to

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    City crews to perform illegal sign sweep

    Northeast News
    Sept. 4, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Kansas City, Mo., Public Works Department is advising residents that crews will perform a city-wide sweep targeting and removing signs illegally placed in the public right-of-way on Friday, Sept. 5.

    Under Section 48-47 of the City’s Code of Ordinances, unauthorized signs in the right-of-way or on public property are prohibited and subject to removal and disposal by city staff or individuals authorized by the director of Neighborhood and Community Services. Violations of the sign ordinance may also be prosecuted in municipal court.

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    KCPS MSIP5 test scores on the rise

    By Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    September 3, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The Kansas City, Mo., Public Schools have taken one step closer to achieving full accreditation.

    On Friday, KCPS Board of Directors Chair Jon Hile and Superintendent R. Stephen Green announced the results of the 2014 Missouri School Improvement Program 5 (MSIP5) during a press conference. The MSIP5 is the state’s school accountability system for reviewing and accrediting public school districts in Missouri. MSIP began in 1990 and entered its fifth version in 2013.

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    Lane closures in the River Market area this week

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    Sept. 3, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Over the next week, expect lane reductions and closures in the River Market area for streetcar construction.

    One of the area’s most traveled streets, Delaware Street, will be closed throughout portions of the week, including both the Delaware Street Bridge and Delaware Street from Independence Avenue to Fifth Street, for prep work.

    The River Market and the City Market, as well as businesses along Delaware Street, will still be open for business. Crews will also be installing a new water main during this time. Courtesy of the Kansas City Streetcar Constructors (KCSC), here is

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    Officer involved shooting Sunday morning

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    Aug. 31, 2014

    UPDATE:

    The suspect was recently identified as Eugene Turner III, 28, of Kansas City, Mo. During the incident Sunday morning, Turner fired several rounds at police officers before being shot and killed. It is not yet known why he was walking the streets of Northeast Kansas City carrying a gun.

    The two officers involved in the shooting are now on paid administrative leave, which is normal procedure in all officer involved shootings.

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — One person is dead after a Sunday morning shooting in the Northeast.

    According to a press release from Detective Kevin Boehm, of the Kansas City Police

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    Kansas City Streetcar Authority Board approves Streetcar brand identity

    Northeast News
    Aug. 30, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri The Kansas City Streetcar Authority have revealed the name and branding for the downtown streetcar line.

    According to a press release, the authority selected a “classic look and feel that is immediately recognizable and achieves world class standards for transit branding.” Streetcar Authority board members approved the branding package during its monthly public meeting

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    City Hall closed Monday

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    Aug. 28, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — In observance of Labor Day, city and county offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1.

    Trash and recycling collection will also be delayed one day next week. Residents who usually have Monday trash collection will receive this service Tuesday, Sept. 2. Residents who usually have Friday trash collection will receive this service Saturday, Sept. 6. The 3-1-1 Action Center, a division of the city manager’s office, also will be closed for the holiday.

    The Household Hazardous Waste drop-off facility at 4707 Deramus Ave. will be closed Saturday, Aug. 30 through Tuesday, Sept. 2.

    Residents of

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    Sen. Claire McCaskill with Brian Laures of Western Forms Inc., touring the company grounds.

    Sen. McCaskill visits company in the East Bottoms

    Joe Jarosz
    Northeast News
    Aug. 27, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Before an important Senate vote in September, one Missouri Senator is making the rounds and visiting small businesses across the state that could potentially be affected by the outcome of the vote.

    On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill toured the Kansas City, Mo., business Western Forms, Inc., met with executives, and held a press conference to rally support for the job-creating benefits of the Export-Import Bank ahead of a crucial Senate vote this fall. McCaskill also spoke with employees on how their company has been positively impacted by the bank,

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