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Eight Things to Know about the Taxpayer Advocate Service

 

1. TAS is Your Voice at IRS. The Taxpayer Advocate Service, or TAS, is your voice at the IRS. We are an independent organization within the IRS.

2. TAS Helps Resolve Problems. TAS helps individuals, businesses and exempt organizations who are not able to resolve their tax problems with the IRS. Our service is always free. TAS can help if:

  • Your problem is causing financial difficulty for you, your family, or your business.
  • You, your business or your organization is facing an immediate threat of adverse action.
  • You have tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded. We will also help if the IRS has not responded by the date promised.

3. Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The IRS has adopted a Taxpayer Bill of Rights that includes 10 basic rights that every taxpayer has when interacting with the IRS:

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Assembly Helps Assist Funding for Kenmore Mercy Hospital Improvements

Assembly Helps Assist Funding for Kenmore Mercy Hospital Improvements

Thanks to $50,000 in Local Initiative Funding from Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, Kenmore Mercy Hospital recently added a specially equipped Bariatric Room on its 2 West Patient Care Unit to accommodate inpatients weighing 300 pounds or more.   

Assemblyman Schimminger stopped by the hospital on August 26 to view the new bariatric suite and learn more about how this funding is helping Kenmore Mercy better serve area patients.  

According to the New York State Department of Health, during the last 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity among adults. It’s estimated that an average of six out of 10 adult New Yorkers are overweight or obese, and in 2010, more than five million adults in New York were considered overweight and more than 3.5 million obese. With this rising trend, comes a new demand on hospitals.

It’s the Dog Days of Summer at Catholic Health; Hospitals Roll Out Pet Therapy

It’s the Dog Days of Summer at Catholic Health; Hospitals Roll Out Pet Therapy

The dog days of summer may be nearly gone in Buffalo, but they are here to stay at Catholic Health's hospitals - Kenmore Mercy, Sisters of Charity Main Campus, Mercy, and Sisters of Charity St. Joseph Campus.

Through a partnership with Therapy Dogs International, Kenmore Mercy Hospital now offers pet therapy to patients.

The growing field uses dogs or other animals to help people recover from or better cope with health problems.

Kenmore Mercy Hospital began offering pet therapy services to patients and associates in spring 2015.

 

Explore Buffalo Announces September Adventures

Explore Buffalo Announces September Adventures

 

What’s the best way to view Buffalo’s unique architecture and attractions — on foot, in a vehicle, by bike or on water? Thanks to Explore Buffalo, all of these options are available! Following is their lineup of September tours through the city’s most interesting neighborhoods.

Explore Buffalo Walking Tours

Riverfront Renaissance
Sept. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 & 30, 10 a.m.

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Actress Mary Kate O’Connell to Emcee Style Show Fundraiser Sept. 26 for Ladies of Charity

Actress Mary Kate O’Connell to Emcee Style Show Fundraiser Sept. 26 for Ladies of Charity

Mary Kate O’Connell, award-winning Buffalo actress and founder of O’Connell & Company theater company, will provide commentary for the annual style show fundraiser for The Diocese of Buffalo Ladies of Charity, an affiliate organization of Catholic Charities on Sept. 26.

The Dress for Less Style Show and Theme Basket Auction will be held at The Columns Banquets, 2221 Transit Road, Elma starting at 11 a.m. with opportunities to browse the clothing and accessories for sale during the event. A luncheon featuring Almond Chicken Dijon is included.

Tickets are $35 if purchased by Sept. 11 or $38 by Sept. 18. For more information or to make a reservation please call (716) 895-4001.

The event is one of two primary fundraisers conducted yearly by the Ladies of Charity to benefit their programs.

IRS Tax Tips for Starting a Business

 

When you start a business, a key to your success is to know your tax obligations. You may not only need to know about income tax rules, but also about payroll tax rules. Here are five IRS tax tips that can help you get your business off to a good start.

1. Business Structure. An early choice you need to make is to decide on the type of structure for your business. The most common types are sole proprietor, partnership and corporation. The type of business you choose will determine which tax forms you will file.

Back to School Play List # / A & B

Back to School Play List # / A & B
 Back to School Songs: # / A B  It is that time of the year again back to school time and fromm Brian Scott Luke, the blogger that brought you anti-valentines songs, here is a series of music play lists for those going back to college.