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CONCERNED: Keynote speaker Mark W. Everson, vice chairman of alliantgroup, a Texas-based tax-services provider, addresses the crowd at the Providence Business News 2018 Tax Reform Summit. He says the growing budget deficit is a top concern. / PBN PHOTO/
MIKE SKORSKI

Uncertainty reigns on impact of tax changes

Anyone who thought the new tax law would result in a simpler tax code would be sorely mistaken.If anything, parts of the sweeping new...
MASS OF CONFUSION: Steven Ursillo, managing director of West Warwick-based Sparrow, Johnson & Ursillo Inc., certified public accountants, business and technology consultants, describes the GOP tax-reform plan as a “mass of confusion.” He said people tried to predict what would happen with the last tax overhaul in 1986, only to see things pulled and added at the last minute. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Congress to finally debate tax reform

President Donald Trump’s tax plan pledges to reduce the complexity of the federal tax code, to benefit small businesses, corporations and middle-class Americans.But how...
RICAA LEADER: Paula McFarland, right, executive director of the Rhode Island Community Action Association, speaks with administrative assistant Michelle Roy. McFarland received the United Way 211 Award for her work leading RICAA. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

United Way honors McFarland for leading RICCA

When it comes to giving in Rhode Island, there may be no more powerful force than the Rhode Island Community Action Association. But its...
THE INSTITUTE ON TAXATION AND ECONOMIC POLICY created a chart that shows how the proposed tax reform package would affect Rhode Islanders. / COURTESY INSTITUTE ON TAXATION AND ECONOMIC POLICY

Report: Proposed tax changes would mostly benefit top 1% of R.I....

PROVIDENCE -  The latest proposed tax reform framework supported by President Donald Trump and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan would disproportionately benefit the top...
RHODE ISLAND'S MEDIAN income, according to the 2016 American Community Survey produced by the U.S. Census Bureau was $60,596, while its poverty rate was 12.8 percent for the year. / COURTESY U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

Report: R.I. has highest poverty rate in New England; 4th highest...

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island ranked No. 25 for highest poverty rate in the nation, according to 2016 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau released...

R.I. 6th best in nation for health insurance enrollment

PROVIDENCE - U.S. Census Bureau data from the 2016 American Community Survey shows more Rhode Islanders were covered for health insurance in 2016 than...
STUCK: Uber and Lyft driver Sean DeLong’s professional background in business-operations management doesn’t lend itself to highly technical jobs, but his education and experience over-qualify him for most low-wage jobs, which has made it difficult for him to find a job since being laid off in 2015.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Behind seemingly positive employment data is structural weakness that in the...

Sean DeLong, 42, has applied for more than 800 jobs in Rhode ­Island and southeastern ­Massachusetts since November 2015.On average, he gets about one...

Rhode Island must pursue revenue growth

Chicken Little and the elephant in the room: Is the revenue sky really falling?As we approach the end of the 2017 General Assembly, there...

Who pays for R.I. car-tax cuts?

The car tax in Rhode Island is so unevenly collected and disproportionately important to town coffers that reducing it raises a host of secondary...
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