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IRS Offers Tax Tips for “The Season of Giving”

IRS Offers Tax Tips for “The Season of Giving”

 

December is traditionally a month for giving generously to charities, friends and family. But it’s also a time that can have a major impact on the tax return you’ll file in the New Year. Here are some “Season of Giving” tips from the IRS covering everything from charity donations to refund planning:

 

Safe Holiday Decorating

Safe Holiday Decorating

 

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire.  Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy.

 

Help “Fill the Truck” and Spread Holiday Cheer!

Help “Fill the Truck” and Spread Holiday Cheer!

Walmart and The Salvation Army are asking for your help to provide new toys and coats to local children.

Stores in Clovis, Dinuba, Fresno, Hanford, Madera, Porterville, Sanger, Selma, Tulare, and Visalia will be holding “Fill The Truck” events from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 8th.

Volunteers will be giving shoppers a list of suggested gifts to help fill the Salvation Army Truck and/or collection bins at the store.

Once the donation receptacle is full, The Salvation Army will bring the donations to the local Salvation Army Corps and distribute the gifts to local children in need.

“The Salvation Army is excited to partner with Walmart.

Colleges Converge in Visalia to Talk Textbooks, Cost-Cutting

Colleges Converge in Visalia to Talk Textbooks, Cost-Cutting

California Community College Faculty, administrators and a team of professionals are meeting in Visalia this week to transform textbook production and costs, a project that would collectively save future students millions of dollars and revolutionize the way educational materials are compiled and delivered.

Called Convergence 2, it is the second in a series at which working groups get together to advance the goals of their educational reform efforts and develop what educators call “open source” textbooks. The process includes pulling textbook materials from already existing sources on the web, thoroughly vetting the data by faculty and professionals in the field, and producing online content that students will ultimately print or download to their phones, tablets or computers.

Employer Assembly of Kings County

Employer Assembly of Kings County

Smart Giving This Holiday Season

Smart Giving This Holiday Season

 

In this season of giving, here are some tips from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance:

1 . Consider more than finances.

How much money a charity spends on the actual cause - as compared to how much goes toward fundraising and administration - is an important factor, but it's not the whole story. A charity with impressive financial ratios could have other significant problems such as insufficient transparency, inadequate board activity and inaccurate appeals.

2. Research before you give.

BBB Tips for Holiday Donations

BBB Tips for Holiday Donations