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Extension Filers Should Review Tax Credits Before Filing

Taxpayers who requested an extension of time to file their federal tax returns have until Oct.16 to double-check their returns for tax benefits that people often overlook. These taxpayers still have time to see if they can benefit from these four credits.

Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit – also known as EITC and EIC –  benefits people who work and who have low-to-moderate incomes. This credit reduces the amount of tax owed and may result in a refund. To qualify for this credit, a person must meet certain requirements. They must also file a tax return.

Child Tax Credit

This is a credit of up to $1,000 per qualifying child. Taxpayers who claim this credit – but who do not qualify for the full amount – may also be able to take the additional child tax credit.

Saver’s Credit

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NOCO participating in Greenlight a Vet campaign

NOCO participating in Greenlight a Vet campaign
In recognition of Veterans Day this year, NOCO is a proud participant in the Greenlight a Vet campaign, which encourages people to change one light in a visible location at home or at work to green as a symbol of support and appreciation for veterans.

 

Green light bulbs are for sale for $2.99 while supplies last at all NOCO Express locations now through Veterans Day on November 11.  Lights at NOCO’s corporate office in Tonawanda as well as at its fuel terminal and several NOCO Express locations are going green to show support for veterans. In addition, NOCO is providing green light bulbs to the company’s more than 680 employees to change a light to green at their homes.

 

St. Martin of Tours Church to Host Thanksgiving Musical Event

St. Martin of Tours Church to Host Thanksgiving Musical Event

St. Martin of Tours Church in South Buffalo will host a free “Praise-A-Peel” music event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. The event will feature the music of Father Bill Quinlivan accompanied by a few other musicians and vocalists.

“The goal of the ‘Praise-A-Peel’ musical event is to prepare people for Thanksgiving,” said Fr. Quinlivan. “The event will also include a blessing of potato peelers and likely a telling of the story of how I once ended up in the emergency room as a result of preparing a small part of Thanksgiving dinner for my family.”

Taxpayers Should Be Wary of Unsolicited Calls from the IRS

Taxpayers who get an unexpected or unsolicited phone call from the IRS should be wary – it’s probably a scam. Phone calls continue to be one of the most common ways that thieves try to get taxpayers to provide personal information. These scammers then use that information to gain access to the victim’s bank or other account. 

When a taxpayer answers the phone, it might be a recording or an actual person claiming to be from the IRS. Sometimes the scammer tells the taxpayer they owe money and must pay right away. They might also say the person has a refund waiting, and then they ask for bank account information over the phone.

Taxpayers should not take the bait and fall for this trick. Here are several tips that will help taxpayers avoid becoming a scam victim.

The real IRS will not:

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WNY Children’s Book Expo to Host Authors From Around the Globe

WNY Children’s Book Expo to Host Authors From Around the Globe

The WNY Children’s Book Expo, presented by Monkey See Monkey Do … Children’s Bookstore in Clarence, has released an extensive list of authors and presenters scheduled to take part in the Expo on Saturday, Nov. 11. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in downtown Buffalo.

Featured authors at the BlueCross BlueShield of WNY Main Stage, Room 106B, will include: 

• 10:10 – 10:35 a.m., Barney Saltzberg, Explore your World: Find Art Everywhere 

• 10:45 – 11:10 a.m., Nick Bruel, Explore the World of Storytelling with Bad Kitty! 

• 11:20 – 11:45 a.m., Jennifer Hanson Rolli, Explore Moths and Butterflies … Alike but Different! 

Moving Expenses May Be Deductible

Taxpayers may be able to deduct certain expenses of moving to a new home because they started or changed job locations. Use Form 3903, Moving Expenses, to claim the moving expense deduction when filing a federal tax return.

Home means the taxpayer’s main home. It does not include a seasonal home or other homes owned or kept up by the taxpayer or family members. Eligible taxpayers can deduct the reasonable expenses of moving household goods and personal effects and of traveling from the former home to the new home.

Reasonable expenses may include the cost of lodging while traveling to the new home. The unreimbursed cost of packing, shipping, storing and insuring household goods in transit may also be deductible.  

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Shadow By the Bridge is Latest Release From NFB Publishing

Shadow By the Bridge is Latest Release From NFB Publishing

NFB Publishing in Buffalo announces the release of Shadow By the Bridge by author Suzanne Zewan.

Set during the time of the infamous Linden, N.Y. murders, Shadow By the Bridge is written from the perspective of 11-year-old Linden resident Fritz Reynolds and focuses on how these terrible events change his hometown and himself. In the book, Reynolds recalls his father telling him that man is the only creature who can find amusement in killing. Little did he realize that those words would become the theme for his teenage years growing up in the rural hamlet. 

In this coming-of-age story, Reynolds takes us back to a simpler time when neighbors gathered at the general store to listen to radio shows, drank barrel-aged cider and worshiped at the Baptist Church every Sunday. All was picturesque in his close-knit farming community until terror was unleashed on them.