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Full Summer Season Kickoff Planned at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Full Summer Season Kickoff Planned at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, located at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst, is proud to announce a full May calendar celebrating the season opening! 

Free Farmstead Thursdays, made possible through funding by M&T Bank, will begin Thursday, May 4. Admission is free for all to enjoy from 4 to 8 p.m. and offers visitors access to family-friendly educational programming, demonstrations by costumed historic interpreters, guided tours of the historic village and farmstead, and 20,000 square feet of curated exhibit space. Free Farmstead Thursdays run May through August. 

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Explore Buffalo Lists Exciting April Tours

Explore Buffalo Lists Exciting April Tours

As the weather warms up, so does tour season in Western New York! Following is a listing of Explore Buffalo tours scheduled during the month of April.

AMERICAN MASTERS
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 10 a.m.
Meet: Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, corner of Washington and Mohawk streets. Two-hour metered parking is available on surrounding streets, and the Mohawk Parking Ramp is on the opposite corner. The Lafayette Square Station of the Metro Rail is around the corner on Main Street.
Cost: General $15, Student $5, Explorer Pass Holders FREE 

Capital Gains and Losses – 10 Helpful Facts to Know

When a person sells a capital asset, the sale normally results in a capital gain or loss. A capital asset includes inherited property or property someone owns for personal use or as an investment.

Here are 10 facts that taxpayers should know about capital gains and losses:

Benefit to Help 5-year-old ‘Wolfman’ Fight Leukemia

Benefit to Help 5-year-old ‘Wolfman’ Fight Leukemia

A “Wheelbarrow of Booze,” a flat-screen television, and a lottery tree holding about $100 in scratch-off tickets are just some of the prizes that will be up for grabs as the family and friends of Edward “Wolfman” Carias help the 5-year-old take a bite out of leukemia.

Edward was nicknamed “Wolfman” by his uncle, Joe Kowalewski, from the first time he saw him because Edward had tufts of hair on his ears, and the name stuck. Now “Wolfman” is fighting for his life. On December 8, 2016, Edward was diagnosed with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells. After spending 23 days at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, Edward now faces two to three years of traveling between his home in Eden to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo to undergo chemotherapy.

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Itemize or Choose the Standard Deduction

Most taxpayers claim the standard deduction when they file their federal tax return. However, some filers may be able to lower their tax bill by itemizing. Find out which way saves the most money by figuring taxes both ways.

The IRS offers the following six tips to help taxpayers decide:

1. Use IRS Free File. Most taxpayers qualify to use free, brand-name software to prepare and file their federal tax returns electronically. IRS Free File is the easiest way to file. Free File software helps taxpayers determine if they should itemize. It files the right tax forms based on the answers the taxpayer provides. Free File software does the math and allows the user to e-file the tax return – for free.

Taxpayers can check on other e-file options if they can’t use Free File.

2. Figure Your Itemized Deductions.  Taxpayers need to add up deductible expenses they paid during the year. These may include expenses such as:

Workshop Scheduled to Plan for Future Development along Metro Rail

Workshop Scheduled to Plan for Future Development along Metro Rail

GBNRTC encourages community members to attend March 29 workshop to share ideas

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) is encouraging the community to explore ways to encourage Transit-Oriented Development along the existing Metro Rail line in the City of Buffalo as well as proposed Metro Rail extension to the Northtowns.

“Transit-Oriented Development is gaining momentum across the country as a way to leverage transit investment to enhance access to jobs and education, improve neighborhood connectivity to transit, and encourage community investment and economic development,” said GBNRTC Executive Director Hal Morse.

“Essentially, Transit-Oriented Development provides our region the opportunity to capitalize on the full potential of transit investment to strengthen neighborhoods and bolster the economy,” he added. 

Use the “Where’s My Refund?” Tool

 

Taxpayers who have not yet received their income tax refunds can use “Where’s My Refund?” app to check the status. Find it on IRS.gov or the free IRS mobile app IRS2Go.

Here are five tips to know about “Where’s My Refund?”:

1. Some Refunds Delayed. Beginning in 2017, certain taxpayers will get their refunds later. By law, the IRS cannot issue refunds before February 15 for any tax return claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). The IRS must hold the entire refund, not just the part related to the EITC or ACTC. The IRS began releasing delayed 2016 EITC and ACTC refunds on February 15.