The Daily Populous

Friday September 16th, 2022 morning edition

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The US is moving closer to setting up a free federal tax-filing system.

A Democratic bill included $15 million for Treasury to study its development.

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Filing your taxes could soon be free and relatively painless.

The US is inching closer to modernizing how Americans file their taxes and breaking the grip that private tax prep companies have over the process.

In the future, tax-filing may require only a few clicks — or even replying to a text message as in some European countries like Estonia.

The Inflation Reduction Act will ease some of that pain, with Democrats directing $80 billion towards the IRS. »

Rocky Mountain National Park grows by 40 acres, thanks to former astronaut's donation

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Rocky Mountain National Park grew by 40 acres on Monday, thanks to a donation of land from local former astronaut Vance Brand and his family.

Late in that year, Rep. Joe Neguse introduced the Rocky Mountain National Park Boundary Modification Act.

"I’m thankful that there were early national park enthusiasts like Enos Mills and Teddy Roosevelt who had the foresight to encourage establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park and our entire national park system," Brand said. »

EU lawmakers declare that Hungary is no longer a democracy

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The lawmakers said that Hungary — which its populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban characterizes as an “illiberal democracy” — has left behind many of the democratic values of the bloc.

The French Greens parliamentarian who chaperoned the resolution through the assembly, Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, said “for the first time, an EU institution is stating the sad truth, that Hungary is no longer a democracy.”.

Some EU lawmakers have expressed concerns that if Italy’s far right wins the country’s Sept. 25 election it could be difficult to establish that majority. »

Chinese parents sue daughter they abandoned for not buying her brother an apartment

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The woman, 29-year-old Zhang from Guangzhou of southern China, was abandoned by her biological parents when she was 2 years old and has no relationship with them.

She was reportedly abandoned as her biological parents could not financially support her, and they rarely contacted her throughout her life.

When Zhang recently used her savings to buy her cousin an apartment, her biological parents reappeared in her life and reportedly demanded that she buy her biological brother an apartment as well. »