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Japan economics minister: No instruction yet from PM to set up tax study panel

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Tuesday he has not received any instructions from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to set up a panel of experts that examines the potential impact of sales tax hikes.Full story

Japan PM orders study of impact of sales tax alternatives: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered a study of the economic impact of various alternatives for implementing a planned sales tax increase, including a plan for more gradual 1 percent annual rises, government sources familiar with the situation said over the weekend. Full story

Harlem residents could get two separate property rate increases

Residents in Harlem, GA could get a double whammy when it comes to property tax increases. Full story

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