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Cancer Society Daffodil orders
There is still time to call Virginia Lorraine to obtain spring daffodils to help a noteworthy cause. Phone between 8-10 a.m. and 7-9 p.m. before Feb. 25. The proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Choosing a Tax Professional -- Part 2
Taxpayers should determine if the preparer's credentials meet their needs. Is he or she an Enrolled Agent, Certified Public Accountant, or Attorney? If so, the preparer can represent taxpayers before the IRS on all matters-including audits, collections, and appeals. An Enrolled Agent (EA) is a federally-authorized tax practitioner who has technical expertise in the field of taxation. Enrolled Agents are also empowered by the U.S. Department of Treasury to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the IRS for audits, collections, and appeals. Like CPA's and Attorneys, EA's are unrestricted as to which taxpayers they represent, what types of tax matters they can handle, and which IRS offices they can practice before. A certified Public Accountant (CPA) has a college degree and has passed an examination required for certification. They often focus on preparing business books, financial statements, and tax returns. A tax attorney, in addition to an extensive education to obtain a law degree, must meet additional continuing education requirements. Their expertise lies in the legal issues and the litigation surrounding taxes. Unlicensed tax preparers have no designation, yet most are trustworthy, knowledgeable and have prepared tax returns for years. Because of varying competencies and skill levels, check resources and references diligently. Unfortunately, unscrupulous or unqualified tax return preparers do exist and can cause considerable financial and legal problems for their clients. Examples of improper actions by unscrupulous preparers include the preparation and filing of false paper or electronic income tax returns that claim inflated personal or business expenses, false deductions, unallowable credits or excessive exemptions. Tax evasion is both risky and a crime, punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a $250,000. fine. Remember, no matter who prepares a tax return, the taxpayer is legally responsible for all of the information on that tax return. Many thanks for this article go to Marshall and Kathy Garrow. References for this article are taken from: U.S. Internal Revenue Service (www.irs.gov), The National Association of Enrolled Agents (www.naea.org) and The National Association of Tax Professionals. (www.taxprofessionals.com) Town Library News
The Stony Creek Free Library has been notified that it has met the eligibility requirements to participate in the Bill and Melinda Gates Library Foundation program entitled the "Opportunity Online Hardware Grant Program." It will receive $2,888 for a public computer station, associated training and technical support. The library must supply $963. in matching funds. 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. The Stony Creek Library has wireless internet access available. Patrons may use their own laptops to access the internet at the library. Undertaker Parlor in Stony Creek?
Did you know the town of Stony Creek had an undertaker's parlor in town in the area of Swears (Hull) Road. A copy of a postcard dated Sept. 1908 shows his shingle outside his house. It was owned and operated by E. (Elisha) G. Perkins, Undertaker, according to the photo. I can't tell if it was on the left or right side of Swears (Hull) Road. It is also mentioned on the 1876 map of Creek Center. 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 their shopping. Contact Anita Braman at 696-2397 for more information

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