Don't forget to call Virginia Lorraine at 696-2632 between 8-10 a.m. and 7-9 p.m. before February 25th. They will be delivered the week of March 10th. Choosing a tax professional, part 1
The IRS offers tips and advice for choosing a tax preparer. Always chose your preparer wisely. Taxpayers are legally responsible for what's on their own returns even if prepared by someone else. Some points to keep in mind when someone else prepares your return include: A paid preparer is required by law to sign the return and fill in the preparer area of the form. You should review the return to ensure all tax information, your name, address and social security number(s) are correct; review and ensure you understand the entries, and are comfortable with the accuracy of the return before you sign. Never sign a blank return, and never sign in pencil. Find a qualified tax professional if you need help preparing and filing your tax return. Unqualified tax preparers my overlook legitimate deduction or credits that could cause you to pay more tax than you should or may make costly mistakes causing you to incur assessed deficiencies, penalties, and interest. Consider these suggestions when hiring a tax professional: avoid preparers who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers. If your returns are prepared correctly, every preparer should derive substantially similar numbers. Beware of a preparer who guarantees results or who bases fees on a percentage of the amount of your refund. A practitioner may not charge a contingent fee (Percentage of your refund) for preparing an original tax return. Plan ahead by choosing a preparer you will be able to contact after your return is filed and one who will be responsive to your needs. Be aware that most reputable preparers will request to see your records and receipts and will ask you multiple questions to determine your total income and your qualifications for expenses, deductions, and other items. By doing so, they have your best interest in mind and are trying to help you avoid penalties, interest, or additional taxes that could result from later IRS contacts. Part 2 next week! Library News
The Stony Creek Free Library Board of Trustees will be meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. Library Hours are Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Please call 696-5911 with any questions you may have. The Stony Creek Library now has wireless internet access available. Patrons may use their own laptops to access the internet at the library. Transfer Station
The transfer station and recycling center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Van Available
A van is available the first Wednesday and the third Monday of the month for Stony Creek residents over 60 to go to appointments and do your shopping. Contact Anita Braman at 696-2397 for more information.