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IRS, Partners Move to Strengthen Anti-Fraud Effort with Form W-2 Verification Code

When you get your Form W-2 in early 2017, you may notice a new entry – a 16-digit verification code. This is part of an effort conducted by the Internal Revenue Service to protect taxpayers and strengthen anti-fraud efforts.

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Daemen Athletic Training Program Granted Continued Accreditation

Daemen Athletic Training Program Granted Continued Accreditation

Daemen College’s Professional Master’s Athletic Training Program, one of only two accredited programs in New York State, has received continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The 10-year accreditation is the maximum term available to institutions.

Established in 2008, Daemen’s athletic training program previously received an initial five-year accreditation, which is also the maximum granted for a first-time accredited program.

“Receiving this national accreditation is a testament to our program’s level of excellence and our commitment to the high standards that CAATE represents,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “Our committed faculty provide students an exceptional education and advanced professional preparation that is essential to pursuing a career in the athletic training field.”

Safeguarding Taxpayer Data: Monitor Your EFIN for Suspicious Activity

Identity thieves increasingly target tax professionals. A thief who breaches the data of one tax return preparer can gain hundreds or thousands of taxpayers’ data. One way you can monitor for suspicious activity is to check how many federal tax returns have been filed with your Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN).

As part of the ongoing concerns about security and identity theft, the IRS recommends that you verify the number of returns submitted under your EFIN. Do this routinely and especially during filing season.

Verify your EFIN through IRS e-Services. If you do not have an e-Services account, then your first step would be to go to e-Services and register for an account.

Once you have logged into your e-Services account, follow these steps to verify the number of returns electronically filed with the IRS:

Homeowners Can Reap the Financial Benefits of Solar Energy

Homeowners Can Reap the Financial Benefits of Solar Energy

Whether you’re putting an addition on your house or simply giving the interior a fresh coat of paint, there’s nothing like the feeling of achievement that comes with the completion of a home improvement project. Now imagine if that completed project also resulted in significant energy savings, putting more cash into your pocket and less pollution into the environment. 

Does that sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. Welcome to the world of solar energy.

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Elmwood Village Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

The Elmwood Village Farmers Market will hold its seventh annual poster contest to promote the outdoor market’s upcoming 2017 season. Entries for the poster competition are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 10. Whether you’re a student studying the arts, a professional graphic designer or just someone with a creative streak, you’re invited to submit your design for an 11x17-inch color poster that accurately reflects the feel of the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, sponsored by the Elmwood Village Association.

Mary Queen of Angels School Plans Annual Basket Auction

Mary Queen of Angels School Plans Annual Basket Auction

More than 200 baskets, gift certificates and gift cards will be featured when Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School holds its annual Great Basket Auction on Friday, March 24, in the school auditorium, 170 Rosewood Terrace, Cheektowaga. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with the auction beginning at 7 p.m. A $5 donation includes admission and your first sheet of auction tickets. Students under 18 will be admitted free with parent.

A 50/50 raffle will also be featured during the event, and snacks and pop will be available for purchase.

For more information about Mary Queen of Angels School or to schedule a tour or student shadowing opportunity, please visit www.mqangels.com or call the school office at 895-6280. You can also follow the school on Facebook for frequent updates.

 

Mary Queen of Angels School Seeks Business Sponsorships for Educational Programs

Mary Queen of Angels School Seeks Business Sponsorships for Educational Programs

Mary Queen of Angels School, providing a quality Catholic education for students from Cheektowaga, Buffalo and several surrounding suburbs, is seeking to build corporate partnerships by offering five unique educational sponsorship opportunities.

The school is currently seeking sponsors for its science lab, digital media arts, music and the arts, STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), and professional development program.