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VITA numbers down as is IRS Customer Service

This tax season has presented many challenges for our VITA site including the temporary moving of our location to the Long Branch Library and the death of one of our Hispanic Tax preparers. German Sigurany, an IRS Revenue Officer from Puerto Rico, died January 4 from a heart attack. We have a couple of new volunteer tax preparers, but even though they are very dedicated and tax smart, there is a learning curve. In addition, we have had some terrible cold weather and snow to deal with and problems with TAS and IRS call in assistance. Our numbers are down 40 percent from last year at this time and we are struggling to get Spanish language translators. But our volunteers are in good spirits and we hope to continually get better....

Funeral Service at Arlington for Albert Baxter

[caption id="attachment_1336" align="alignnone" width="300"]Funeral Service for Albert Baxter on February 11 Funeral Service for Albert Baxter on February 11[/caption]http://www.photoshow.com/watch/yz2fj6FC This photoshow contains 137 photos, many of them showing the Arlington National Cemetery funeral service of SMSGT Albert Baxter on February 11, 2016. He died on October 30, 2015 at the age of 89. He served in WWII as a B-26 "Grease Monkey" and later was a Secretary of the Washington Area Marauder Men (WAMM). He published a guidebook detailing a comprehensive collection of memorials and monuments involving the B-26 Marauder and its service personnel. Bob Magruder, holds one of those guides in his hands at the Officer Club reception near the end of the photoshow. Bob is the son of the main designer of the Marauder bomber (Peyton Magruder,) Family members shown at the service include his daughter and granddaughter, both named Susan Baxter. They are dressed in...

Tax Fraud

White Collar Criminals: The Most Famous Tax Frauds in History By Business.com Editorial Staff ‘Tis the season to make sure your taxes are in order. You’ve been planning for this all year, right? Well, if not, you can always go the route of one of these famous fraudsters, though of course, we wouldn’t recommend it. The taxman always gets paid. Before we talk famous frauds, however, a word of caution about scammers out there posing as the IRS: “The IRS never emails correspondence, this is someone trying to get your data and scam you,” says Andrew Carroll CPA/PFS, CITP, CGMA, the general manager of NCH Tax & Wealth Advisors in Fullerton, California. “All correspondence with the IRS begins and ends with a physical letter mailed to your address,” adds Carrol. “So don’t call and give anyone information, and never do it without someone who knows what they are doing to help you.” Now that’s we’ve cleared that up, read...

Snow melting and VITA begins

[caption id="attachment_1328" align="alignnone" width="300"]Blizzard of 2016 has ended Blizzard of 2016 has ended[/caption] The Blizzard of 2016 is past and lots of melting is taking place with temperatures of 50 degrees and higher this week. That is good because our VITA site is doing its first library session on February 4. We had to move to Long Branch Library this tax season since the Wheaton Library is being renovated. That may take some time too!...

Blizzard of 2016-Jonas hits us hard!

[caption id="attachment_1318" align="alignnone" width="300"]Jonas-the Blizzard of 2016 Jonas-the Blizzard of 2016[/caption] IMG_6974 barb shoveling jan 24 2016 IMG_7043 jan 23 night snow photo IMG_7050 IMG_7103sasha We had our first snow of the 2015-2015 season and boy, was it a dozy! We had over 26 inches of the white stuff in our yard. On February 26, we still have not seen a snow plow, but at least we never lost power... Which was good since my generator did not work due to clogged jets. After hours of digging out January 24-25, we finally cleared away our sidewalk and driveway, but the best news is that the temperature today is in the upper...

Nearly 40 years ago, I joined the Air National Guard…..

Nearly 40 years ago I was taking my basic training at Lackland AFB for six weeks in January-February of 1977. At that time I was working as an Editorial Assistant for Washington Gas Light, and was 27 years old. Since I had joined the West Virginia Air National Guard, and had passed a by-pass test for public affairs, I did not have to go to tech school after basic; but instead went directly to my ANG base in Martinsburg to fill out my three- month military obligation. In addition, my Washington Gas boss wanted me to do a story and take some photos when I returned from my training back to my Gas company job. My chartered bus passed through the gates of Lackland AFB near San Antonio, Texas on January 4, 1977. It was here at "Happy Valley," as it was ironically called that I would spend the next six weeks of my life in a most...