Category Archives: Chamber Members

Latest IRS Tax News

With tax filing season upon us, IRS has released some filing tips and reminds taxpayers to beware of tax scams Avoid the Rush; Use IRS.gov for Quick Answers to Questions IR-2017-30, Feb. 13, 2017 — The IRS reminds taxpayers that the next couple of weeks, especially around Presidents’ Day, marks the busiest time of…

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2017 Tax Filing Season

2017 Tax Filing Season Begins Jan. 23 Tax Returns Due April 18 The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the nation’s tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, and reminded taxpayers claiming certain tax credits to expect a longer wait for refunds. The IRS will begin accepting electronic tax returns that day, with…

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Online Threats

IRS and Others Warn of Online Threats The Internal Revenue Service, states and the tax industry remind you that online threats and annoyances abound. There are viruses, worms, Trojans, bots, spyware and adware – all fall under the malicious programs (malware) umbrella. How do you protect your computer from hackers and identity thieves? You need…

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Court Blocks Overtime Rule

Texas Judge Blocks Overtime Rule On November 22, 2016, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, blocked an Obama administration rule that would have extpanded the mandatory overtime pay rules. The judge agreed with the plaintiffs that the rule is unlawful, and granted their motion for a temporary injunction. The rule will not take effect Dec. 1,…

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Message from The White House

The President addressed the nation on the 2016 election results and the next steps we can take to come together as a country and ensure a peaceful transition of power. “We have to remember that we’re actually all on one team…We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we are Americans first. We’re patriots first….

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Tax-filing Extension Expires Oct. 17

Tax-filing Extension Expires Oct. 17 for Millions of Taxpayers Victims of Hurricane Matthew May Qualify for Late-Filing Penalty Relief Check Eligibility for Overlooked Tax Benefits The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers whose tax-filing extension runs out on Oct. 17 to double check their returns for often-overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically…

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Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Notices Due October 15th

Medicare Creditable Coverage notices are due out by October 15th The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) requires businesses (whose policies include prescription drug coverage) to notify Medicare-eligible policyholders whether their prescription drug coverage is creditable coverage, which means that the coverage is expected to pay, on average, as much as the standard Medicare prescription drug coverage. For…

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Updated USCIS Forms

  New and Updated Forms USCIS has updated the following forms recently. You may still use the old version until the dates listed below. Update to Form N-400, Application for Naturalization New edition dated 09/29/16. Starting 12/1/16, USCIS will only accept the 09/29/16 and 03/26/16 editions. Until then, you can use the 09/13/13 edition. Update to Form…

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Hurricane Matthew

A Message from FEMA Administrator, Craig Fugate Hurricane Matthew is a dangerous storm. We have not seen a hurricane this strong in almost a decade. It has already devastated Haiti, and has been building strength on its way to the U.S. As it makes landfall in Florida tonight and tracks up the eastern coastline over the…

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Women’s Small Business Month

If you are a woman who is interested in starting, or is currently running, your own business, the next two weeks are dedicated to you! Women’s entrepreneurship is on the rise, according to preliminary data from U.S. Census Bureau, which shows that women are increasingly becoming small business owners. U.S. business ownership rose 27.5 percent…

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