The city continued to collect the tax by passing a second version of the law, which also came under fire because of how it determined who must pay it. ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Allentown will change how it collects its emergency and municipal services tax next year, allowing it to be paid a little at a time, and will no longer count investment income toward the minimum earnings threshold. City Council unanimously approved the changes Wednesday to bring the city s law in line with the latest state law that authorizes the tax. The law said anyone earning less than $12,000 a year, based on total income from all sources, would be exempt. That meant all income, including investment earnings, would be considered. It addresses a number of the issues that various people were upset about, Finance Director Larry Hilliard said. The first version of the law was thrown out by a Lehigh County judge because it lacked required legal language. Several people complained about having their investment income counted, arguing that the intention of the state law was to tax only workers, based on their earned income. The tax used to be deducted all at once, often from one of employees first paychecks of the year. That also was criticized as unfair to people working part time or not earning a lot of money, because it substantially decreased one check. The tax also was renamed the local services tax. The tax raises more than $2 million a year, which city officials say otherwise would have to come from other sources, such as property taxes. Hilliard said about 20 people had to pay the tax this year because investment earnings put them over the limit. The law also for the first time exempts military reservists called to active duty during the year and veterans who served in a war or armed conflict, were discharged honorably, and were disabled during their service. The updated law approved Wednesday says people are exempt if their total earned income and net profits from businesses total less than $12,000. This is the third version of the law since Allentown started collecting the annual $52 tax last year. Like other cities, Allentown charges the tax to people who work in town for the cost of providing public services to them. The new law requires the $52 to be deducted on a prorated basis determined by the number of pay periods during the year. An employee who is paid weekly would have $1 deducted. An employee paid every other week would have $2 deducted.Hilliard said all of the changes mirror those approved by the state Legislature earlier this year, at the recommendation of state Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThanks to an online campaign created by comedian and talk show host Stephen Colbert, social media was flooded with awkward photos of celebrities in their teen years – and the pictures managed to raise $1 million.During a segment on The Late Show, Colbert and television actor Nick Kroll called on their fellow stars to post pre-pubescent pictures of themselves to social media under the hashtag #PuberMe.Colbert and Kroll both agreed that for every celebrity who posted an embarrassing teen photo, they would donate $1,000 to Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico.CHECK OUT: Shakira Built 7 Schools in the Poorest Areas of South AmericaA whopping 233 celebrities ended up sharing their embarrassing photos to Twitter, resulting in an initial donation from Colbert of $233,000. The host then pledged another $266,000 for the 75,000 awkward photos that were shared by the show’s viewers. After tallying up additional donations from CBS, Nick Kroll, and Colbert’s Americone Dream Fund, the fundraiser was at $999,000.Lamenting over how they had come up short of $1 million, Colbert remarked: “We came so close, but what can we do? If only we had one more awkward celebrity puberty photo, but we just don’t.”Then, Broadway heartthrob Lin-Manuel Miranda of the hit musical “Hamilton” leaped onto the stage.MORE: Remember Britney Spears? She Just Donated Heaps of Cash to Child Cancer TreatmentIn order to contribute to the campaign, the musician played a video of himself as a young teenager making up a song about Puerto Rico. Colbert was so delighted by the clip, he agreed to contribute the final $1,000.“That video was absolutely worth $1,000, which means our new grand total is a whopping $1 million,” said Colbert.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The News With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Daily Mail: Meditation is often touted as a panacea for all manner of ailments, from chronic pain to anxiety, stress and even depression.Like most sensible people, I’d always taken such sweeping claims with a large pinch of salt. However, five years ago I learned the power of meditation for myself after an accident left me critically injured and in constant pain.A freak gust of wind caught me off-guard as I was paragliding over the Cotswolds. One moment my paraglider was flying normally, the next its wing had collapsed, sending me tumbling into the hillside 30ft below.I was struck with the most agonising pain imaginable. The bone in the lower half of my right leg had been driven up through my knee and into my thigh.Read the whole story: Daily Mail
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