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Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank Kick Off Touchdown for Teachers Contest

Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank Kick Off Touchdown for Teachers Contest

Western New Yorkers asked to nominate outstanding educators in their community

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — For the 9th consecutive year, the Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank are calling on fans to nominate Western New York’s “Hall of Fame-caliber” educators for the 2017 M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers program, which recognizes local teachers for extraordinary service to their schools and communities.

This year, the Bills and M&T are hoping to gather the most nominations in the program’s history. To make it happen, they’re challenging each of the schools throughout the 15-county region that is eligible for the competition to nominate at least one of their outstanding teachers.

Don’t Fall for Scam Calls and Emails Posing as IRS

Scams continue to use the IRS as a lure. These tax scams take many different forms. The most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try and steal money from taxpayers. Identity theft can also happen with these scams.

Taxpayers need to be wary of phone calls or automated messages from someone who claims to be from the IRS. Often these criminals will say the taxpayer owes money. They also demand payment right away. Other times scammers will lie to a taxpayer and say they are due a refund. The thieves ask for bank account information over the phone. The IRS warns taxpayers not to fall for these scams.

Below are several tips that will help filers avoid becoming a scam victim.

IRS employees will NOT:

Early Withdrawals from Retirement Plans

Many people find it necessary to take out money early from their IRA or retirement plan. Doing so, however, can trigger an additional tax on top of income tax taxpayers may have to pay. Here are a few key points to know about taking an early distribution:

2 Your Career: March 2017 Financial Reports

2 Your Career: March 2017 Financial Reports
  • Tuesday 7th: County Employment and Wages Report, Third Qtr 2016 10:00 AM
  • Wednesday 8th: Productivity and Costs, Fourth Quarter 2016, 08:30 AM
  • Thursday 9th: U.S. imports and Exports Price Indexes: February 2017 08:30 AM
  • Friday 10th: Employment Situation February 2017 08:30 AM
  • Monday 13th: State Employment and Unemployment January 2017, 10:00 AM
  • Tuesday 14th: Producer Price Index: February 2017 08:30 AM
  • Wednesday 15th: Consumer Price index: February 2017 08:30 AM  Real Earnings Feb.

2 Your Career: Latest Unemployment Numbers 2/28/17

2 Your Career: Latest Unemployment Numbers 2/28/17

Latest Unemployment Numbers

Alabama     6.3%
Alaska        6.6%
Arizona        5.0%
Arkansas    3.9%
California    5.2%
Colorado    3.0%
Connecticut    4.4%
Delaware    4.3%
District of Col.5.7%
Florida        4.9%
Georgia        5.5%
Hawaii        2.9%
Idaho        3.6%
Illinois    5.7%
Indiana        4.0%
Iowa        3.5%
Kansas        4.3%
Kentucky    4.8%
Louisiana    6.0%
Maine         3.8%
Maryland    4.2%

Choosing the Correct Filing Status

When taxpayers file their tax return, it’s important they use the right filing status because it can affect the amount of tax they owe for the year. It may even determine if they must file a tax return at all. Taxpayers should keep in mind that their marital status on Dec. 31 is their status for the whole year.

Sometimes more than one filing status may apply to taxpayers. When that happens, taxpayers should choose the one that allows them to pay the least amount of tax.

When filing their tax return, taxpayers have IRS e-file as the easiest and most accurate way to file. Its tax software helps them choose the right filing status. Most people can use tax software and e-file for free with IRS Free File. This is a free service only available on the IRS website. Visit IRS.gov and click “Free File” on the home page.

Here’s a list of the five filing statuses: