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Gas Prices Rising, But Slower Than National Average

Gas Prices Rising, But Slower Than National Average

BUFFALO, N.Y. - As of Monday, February 28, average retail gasoline prices in Buffalo have risen 13.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.47/g Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 17.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website BuffaloGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Buffalo during the past week, prices yesterday were 60.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 16.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 25.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 64.9 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

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Ten Facts About IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance

Ten Facts About IRS Volunteer Tax Assistance

Taxpayers looking for free basic income tax preparation assistance may qualify for IRS sponsored community-based, volunteer tax return preparation programs.

Here are the top 10 things the IRS wants you to know about these volunteer programs.

1.         The IRS sponsors both the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. 

2.         The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free tax help to people who earn less than $49,000. Most locations offer free electronic filing. 

3.         The Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program offers free tax help to taxpayers who are 60 and older. 

Buffalo Games: Title Sponsor for Academy Awards Gift Suite

Buffalo Games: Title Sponsor for Academy Awards Gift Suite

 Full-Line of Party Games and Select Jigsaw Puzzles Included in Swag Bags for Oscar® Nominees and Celebrities at Gifting Suite

BUFFALO, N.Y. –   “… and the winner is … Buffalo Games!”  Preparations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards are getting underway in Los Angeles for the Sunday, February 27th event.  Prior to the show, Oscar nominees and celebrities will visit the Gifting Suites and take home a party game or jigsaw puzzle made by Buffalo Games. 

For the second consecutive year, Buffalo Games has partnered with producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis, founder of The Cinema City International Film Festival to provide product to the celebrities attending the Celebrity Gifting Suite at Paramount Studios.  All proceeds from the Gifting Suite will benefit the soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and their families.

Blogger Raves about Local Cool Gel 'n Cap Product

Blogger Raves about Local Cool Gel 'n Cap Product

Cool Gel ‘n Cap, invented and brought to market by Western New York resident Timothy Panicali, was recently reviewed by “Shop With Me Mama,” a website for moms featuring product reviews, online giveaways and much more. Here’s what they had to say about this unique first aid cap for kids:

“It is horrible enough that your little ones have to experience headaches, bumps or bruises! One way to help your kids with these ‘owies’ is a cool wash cloth on their foreheads. But why not make it fun, too? With Cool Gel ‘n Cap you can at least get a smile out of your child when they are not feeling well!

Chamber to Present "Shorten the Lifecycle of Crisis"

Chamber to Present "Shorten the Lifecycle of Crisis"

AMHERST, NY- The Amherst Chamber of Commerce and special guest Earl Wells of e3communications, will present the informative workshop “Shorten the Lifecycle of Crisis” on Friday, March 4, 2011 at Trocaire College’s Russell Salvatore School of Hospitality & Management, 14 Freeman Road, Lancaster.  Registration for the workshop will begin at 8:15 am and the workshop will begin promptly at 8:30 am.

NOCO Express Recognized by Convenience Store Industry

NOCO Express Recognized by Convenience Store Industry

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - NOCO Express was recognized by CSP Information Group for its efforts in utilizing consumer-friendly technologies.  Henry Bays, general manager, accepted the Customer Experience Award at CSP’s recent Convenience Retailing University conference in Arizona. CSP Information Group publishes Convenience Store Petroleum, the leading convenience store industry publication.

“Today’s consumers are more tech savvy than ever before and have come to expect the latest technology from retailers,” said Michael Newman, executive vice president. “Keeping the NOCO brand top of mind and in front of customers both at our Express stores and at home helps drive traffic into our stores.” 

Important Tax Law Changes for 2010

Important Tax Law Changes for 2010

Taxpayers should make sure they are aware of many important changes to the tax law before they complete their 2010 federal income tax return.

Here are several important changes that the IRS wants you to keep in mind when you file your 2010 federal income tax return in 2011.

Health Insurance Deduction Reduces Self Employment Tax  In 2010, eligible self-employed individuals can use the self-employed health insurance deduction to reduce their social security self-employment tax liability in addition to their income tax liability. As in the past, eligible taxpayers claim this deduction on Form 1040 Line 29. But in 2010, eligible taxpayers can also enter this amount on Schedule SE Line 3, thus reducing net earnings from self-employment subject to the 15.3 percent social security self-employment tax.