Tag: Joe Shapiro

Gas retailers say ‘swipe fees’ fuel higher prices, siphon their profits

Although Maryland’s retail gas prices were lower than the national average in 2011, consumers are still getting hit at the pump — for paying with plastic rather than cash. A growing practice is to offer cash and credit card prices to combat increasing numbers of credit card users, rising gas prices and high “swipe fees,” transaction fees set by credit card networks for banks.

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State computer glitch targeted seniors for back taxes they don’t owe

About 1,800 Maryland seniors have received erroneous notices from the comptroller’s office saying they owe money for improperly overstating pension exclusions or claiming pension exclusions they were not entitled to on their 2008 e-filed tax returns. New letters have been sent out to tell seniors to correct the error and assure them they do not owe the state any additional money.

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