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Tax Professionals: Monitor Your PTIN for Suspicious Activity

Tax preparers can help protect clients and their businesses from identity theft by checking their PTIN Accounts to ensure the number of returns filed using their identification number matches IRS records.

Criminals are increasingly targeting tax professionals, not only to steal client data but also to steal the professionals’ data such as PTINs, EFINs or e-Service passwords. The IRS has teamed up with state tax agencies and the tax industry for a “Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself” campaign to help increase awareness among tax professionals.

The IRS offers many preparers the ability to monitor “Returns Filed Per PTIN.” This information is available in the online PTIN system for tax return preparers who meet both of the following criteria. You must have:

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"Virtual Meets Real" in Conspiracy and Money Laundering of Former UB Engineering Student

"Virtual Meets Real" in Conspiracy and Money Laundering of Former UB Engineering Student

BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Zhe Wang, 20, of Queens, NY, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, controlled substances and money laundering conspiracy, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.  The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Orchard Park Male Sentenced 96 months for Distribution of Contraband

Orchard Park Male Sentenced 96 months for Distribution of Contraband

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Steven Fine, 30, of Orchard Park, NY, who was convicted of distribution of child pornography, was sentenced to 96 months in prison and 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Audubon Needs Volunteers for Saturday’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Audubon Needs Volunteers for Saturday’s Monarch Butterfly Festival

Jamestown, NY – The Audubon Nature Center is looking for more volunteers to help visitors celebrate the life and migration of Monarch Butterflies at this Saturday’s (August 27) Monarch Butterfly Festival.  

While many volunteers have already signed up, a few more are needed to ensure that the festival’s many visitors all have an outstanding experience.

A number of job slots need filling at the 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. event. These include children’s crafts, admissions, butterfly room and caterpillar monitors, distributing insect nets, and kitchen staff.

Help is needed on Friday (August 26) as well to cut and arrange flowers for the indoor butterfly garden and to set up the children’s crafts room.

In addition to the reward of bringing joy to so many, especially children, all volunteers get free admission to the festival and a complimentary meal ticket.  

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Busy Month Ushers in Autumn Season at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Busy Month Ushers in Autumn Season at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Four events during the month of September will welcome the new season at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

The calendar kicks off with a Civil War Symposium from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. This year’s event will highlight the 100th New York Infantry Regimen and will honor the soldiers, families and descendants from this Western New York regiment. Guests will enjoy artifacts and informational displays in the Shaw Exhibit Building as well as a guest speaker! The cost is $8 for adults, $6 for military personnel and seniors, and $4 for children under 12. Children 3 and under are admitted free. 

Five Tax Tips about Hobbies that Earn Income

Millions of people enjoy hobbies. Hobbies can also be a source of income. Some of these types of hobbies include stamp or coin collecting, craft making and horse breeding. You must report any income you get from a hobby on your tax return. How you report the income from hobbies is different from how you report income from a business. There are special rules and limits for deductions you can claim for a hobby. Here are five basic tax tips you should know if you get income from your hobby:

Critical Path Program, $100K in Investment, Application Open Until August 26

Critical Path Program, $100K in Investment, Application Open Until August 26

BUFFALO, NY: Applications for the Critical Path, VilCap Communities Life Sciences Accelerator is due in approximate 5 days.  This is a small business program in partnership with University at Buffalo, Launch NY, InBN and WIN.

 

The Life Sciences Accelerator program is designed, according to sources, is to “assist scalable life sciences startups with mentorship from industry and investment experts.” The participating companies and organizations will use a peer selection process to provide each other feedback and choose two companies to receive a $50,000 investment each from the Launch NY Seed Fund.”