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End of the Year Tax Tips

End of the Year Tax Tips

 

Despite an uncertain tax code future, taxpayers can still lower their tax liability. H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) advises on five strategies taxpayers can use in December to lower their 2012 tax bills.

“While many may be focused on talk of the fiscal cliff and next tax season, it’s important for taxpayers to know there are still tried-and-true tax strategies they can use in the final weeks of 2012 to reduce their tax bill,” said Brian Pegram, regional marketing manager at H&R Block.

As taxpayers watch to see if any eleventh hour changes to the tax code are made, they can make the following money-saving moves.

Nominations Sought For 2013 Freedom Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

This special award is given to employers that go to extraordinary lengths to support their employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

The Department of Defense is encouraging all Guard and Reserve members, or family members acting on their behalf, to nominate their employers.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve will accept nominations at www.FreedomAward.mil through January 21, 2013.

Lemoore Chamber of Commerce Christmas Luncheon

Lemoore Chamber of Commerce Christmas Luncheon

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.