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Eight Things to Know about the Taxpayer Advocate Service

 

1. TAS is Your Voice at IRS. The Taxpayer Advocate Service, or TAS, is your voice at the IRS. We are an independent organization within the IRS.

2. TAS Helps Resolve Problems. TAS helps individuals, businesses and exempt organizations who are not able to resolve their tax problems with the IRS. Our service is always free. TAS can help if:

  • Your problem is causing financial difficulty for you, your family, or your business.
  • You, your business or your organization is facing an immediate threat of adverse action.
  • You have tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded. We will also help if the IRS has not responded by the date promised.

3. Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The IRS has adopted a Taxpayer Bill of Rights that includes 10 basic rights that every taxpayer has when interacting with the IRS:

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Mary Queen of Angels School Achieves STREAM Academy Status

Mary Queen of Angels School Achieves STREAM Academy Status

 

Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga is proud to announce that it has been designated as a STREAM Academy School by the Diocese of Buffalo. STREAM is an extension of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) academic program, and includes emphasis on Religion and Arts.

“STREAM is not a new curriculum, but rather a creative framework for teaching a given concept across a variety of subjects integrating traditional textbooks with technology — iPads, SmartBoards and laptops — to access the internet to explore, process and learn,” said Mary Queen of Angels Principal MaryAlice Bagwell. “Students will have increased exposure to relevant, hands-on activities relating to a specific topic.” 

Explore Buffalo Announces September Adventures

Explore Buffalo Announces September Adventures

 

What’s the best way to view Buffalo’s unique architecture and attractions — on foot, in a vehicle, by bike or on water? Thanks to Explore Buffalo, all of these options are available! Following is their lineup of September tours through the city’s most interesting neighborhoods.

Explore Buffalo Walking Tours

Riverfront Renaissance
Sept. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 & 30, 10 a.m.

Actress Mary Kate O’Connell to Emcee Style Show Fundraiser Sept. 26 for Ladies of Charity

Actress Mary Kate O’Connell to Emcee Style Show Fundraiser Sept. 26 for Ladies of Charity

Mary Kate O’Connell, award-winning Buffalo actress and founder of O’Connell & Company theater company, will provide commentary for the annual style show fundraiser for The Diocese of Buffalo Ladies of Charity, an affiliate organization of Catholic Charities on Sept. 26.

The Dress for Less Style Show and Theme Basket Auction will be held at The Columns Banquets, 2221 Transit Road, Elma starting at 11 a.m. with opportunities to browse the clothing and accessories for sale during the event. A luncheon featuring Almond Chicken Dijon is included.

Tickets are $35 if purchased by Sept. 11 or $38 by Sept. 18. For more information or to make a reservation please call (716) 895-4001.

The event is one of two primary fundraisers conducted yearly by the Ladies of Charity to benefit their programs.

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IRS Tax Tips for Starting a Business

 

When you start a business, a key to your success is to know your tax obligations. You may not only need to know about income tax rules, but also about payroll tax rules. Here are five IRS tax tips that can help you get your business off to a good start.

1. Business Structure. An early choice you need to make is to decide on the type of structure for your business. The most common types are sole proprietor, partnership and corporation. The type of business you choose will determine which tax forms you will file.

WNY Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition

WNY Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy has achieved land trust accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

“The Land Conservancy’s accreditation demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community,” says Nancy Smith, executive director. “Many people have helped shape the organization over the past decades. Our land trust is a stronger organization today having gone through this rigorous accreditation program.”

Fourth Annual Taste of East Aurora to Feature Numerous Eateries

Fourth Annual Taste of East Aurora to Feature Numerous Eateries

 

The fourth annual Taste of East Aurora, featuring restaurants and food-related businesses with ties to the Greater East Aurora community, returns from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, on Main Street, from Olean Road to Riley Street.

“This is always a highly anticipated and well-attended event, and we expect a large crowd again this year,” said Gary Grote, executive director of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce. “Our restaurants help make East Aurora a popular destination for both locals and tourists!”