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David R Brinkley

Hogan tax break becomes widespread business audit

Hogan tax break becomes widespread business audit

Gov. Larry Hogan's plan to give a modest tax break to some small businesses has been turned into a bill that could force tens of thousands of Maryland companies to undergo tax audits. The transformation — achieved through a unanimous vote of the Maryland Senate this week — undercuts the Republican governor's pro-business message by tying a $72 tax break for tiny firms to a widespread audit of personal property tax returns filed by the state's largest companies. "It's the Robin Hood effect: Take from the big business and give to the small," House Speaker Michael E. Busch, a Democrat, said of the Senate action. He said he expects the state's...