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Top Five Reasons to E-file

 

Are you still using the old school method of doing your taxes? Do you still mail paper forms to the IRS? If so, make this the year you switch to a much faster and safer way of filing your taxes. Join the nearly 126 million taxpayers who used IRS e-file to file their taxes last year. Here are the top five reasons why you should file electronically too:

1. Accurate and easy.  IRS e-file is the best way to file an accurate tax return. The tax software that you use to e-file helps avoid mistakes by doing the math for you. It guides you every step of the way as you do your taxes. IRS e-file can also help with the new health care law tax provisions. The bottom line is that e-file is much easier than doing your taxes by hand and mailing paper tax forms.

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Health Care Law Brings Changes to IRS Tax Forms

 

This year, there are some changes to tax forms related to the Affordable Care Act. Along with a few new lines on existing forms, there will also be two new forms that will need to be included with some tax returns. While most taxpayers will simply need to check a box on their tax return to indicate they had health coverage for all of 2014, there are also new lines on Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ related to the health care law.

Do you understand the definition of financial aid?

The term "financial aid" goes hand in hand with paying for college. But it can mean different things to different people, and often the term is used in various ways, even by colleges.

"Financial aid" is money that can help students pay for college. Many people think of student loans when they hear the term financial aid, but loans are just one part. In addition to loans, financial aid includes scholarships, grants, and work-study jobs. Scholarships and grants are gifts; they do not need to be repaid. Loans, on the other hand, have to be repaid with interest, while work-study jobs are a work obligation for the student. Aid can be need-based or non-need-based, though most people think of financial aid as being strictly need-based.

Monkelbaan Farm in Amherst Protected for Farming in Perpetuity

Monkelbaan Farm in Amherst Protected for Farming in Perpetuity

 

Last week, the Town of Amherst and the Western New York Land Conservancy finalized a conservation easement on the 67-acre Monkelbaan Farm on Hopkins Road in Amherst, protecting that land for farming in perpetuity. The farm’s development rights were purchased with $357,120 from a NYS Ag and Markets Farmland Protection Implementation Grant and $75,507 from the Town of Amherst. The property owners also contributed a portion of the easement’s value through a bargain sale of the development rights.     

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Daemen Named Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

Daemen Named Fit-Friendly Worksite by American Heart Association

Daemen College has been designated a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite, the highest level awarded, by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the college’s efforts to help employees eat better and be more physically active.

This is the second consecutive AHA distinction received by Daemen, which last year was named a Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite. The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program is intended as a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping workplaces make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.

Buffalo Chapter of Girl Develop it Announces Region’s First All-Female Hackathon

Buffalo Chapter of Girl Develop it Announces Region’s  First All-Female Hackathon

The Buffalo Chapter of Girl Develop It is hosting the region’s first all-female hackathon, GDI Hacks. The event, which will take place on Saturday, February 7th, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., will be one of the first events to take place in the newly constructed 43North incubator, 640 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY.  During the hackathon, teams of women developers, entrepreneurs, technologist, web developers and marketing experts will be challenged to provide several area non-profit, women and minority-owned businesses with new or updated websites.

Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization created to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn web, software and mobile application development through mentorship and hands-on instruction.

When do I need to submit college financial aid forms?

It depends on the form you're filling out and whether your child is a new college student or a returning student.

College deadlines for the federal government's financial aid form, the FAFSA, might be anywhere from February 1 to April 1 for both new and returning students. But it's in your best interest to submit the FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible (it can't be submitted before January 1) because some government aid programs operate on a first-come, first-served basis.