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Things to Remember When Choosing a Tax Preparer

 

Taxpayers should choose their tax return preparer wisely – with good reason. Taxpayers are responsible for all the information on their income tax return. That’s true no matter who prepares the return. Here are ten tax tips to keep in mind:

1. Check the Preparer’s Qualifications. Use the IRS Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications. This tool helps taxpayers find a tax return preparer with the qualifications that they prefer. The Directory is a searchable and sortable listing of preparers with a credentials or filing season qualifications. It includes the name, city, state and zip code of:

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Explore Buffalo Lists March 2017 Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo Lists March 2017 Tours and Events

Explore Buffalo, a nonprofit organization providing tours and other opportunities where guests can discover Buffalo’s great architecture, history and neighborhoods, has announced an exciting lineup of March events. 

Inside St. Mary’s School for the Deaf
March 1 • 6 p.m.
Meet: St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St., Buffalo. Enter the driveway from Main Street to use the parking lot which is behind the buildings; the main entrance faces the parking lot and is up a flight of stairs to the right of the bridge that the driveway goes underneath.
Cost: $15, Students $5, Explorer Pass holders $10

Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit has helped workers with low and moderate incomes get a tax break for 40 plus years. Yet, one out of every five eligible workers fails to claim it. Here are some things taxpayers should know about the EITC:

Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo to Feature Appearance by Rob Ray

Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo to Feature Appearance by Rob Ray

Western New York’s next Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo, the area’s largest biannual sports card and memorabilia show featuring over 100 tables of merchandise, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Grapevine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

Former Buffalo Sabres great Rob Ray will be on hand to sign autographs at the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15 per autograph on any item. 

This show will feature local and out-of-state dealers showcasing vintage as well as newer sports cards and memorabilia, including items from Memorial Auditorium, publications, programs, pennants, autographs, photos, videos, souvenirs and much more. J.M. Bobbing Head Restorations, specializing in paper mache dolls, will also take part in the event; bring in any paper mache dolls needing repair for evaluation.

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Five Reasons to Choose Direct Deposit

Easy, safe and fast — that’s direct deposit. It’s the best way to get a tax refund. Eighty percent of taxpayers choose it every year. The IRS knows taxpayers have a choice of how to receive their refunds.

IRS Direct Deposit:

Daemen’s Paralegal Program Earns ABA Approval

Daemen’s Paralegal Program Earns ABA Approval

AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College’s Paralegal Studies Program has been granted approval by the American Bar Association, making it one of only two ABA-approved college programs in the Buffalo Niagara region.

Following an extensive evaluation process, the seven-year approval for Daemen’s program was awarded by the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals. The college’s paralegal studies program was determined to have met rigorous requirements in curriculum, faculty selection and instruction, quality of student work, and support by administration and the legal community.

“Designation as an ABA-approved program is a key milestone that speaks to the exceptional quality of our paralegal studies program,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “We are proud of this achievement and the program’s commitment to academic excellence in educating future paralegal professionals.”

Safeguarding Taxpayer Data: Create Strong Passwords

 

Passwords are often the key to the identification and authentication process for access to your computer, email and encrypted information, both received and transmitted. For this reason, it is critical to your business and the security of your client data that you have strong passwords and that you protect those passwords.

Here are some things you should consider in creating and protecting passwords: