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IRS, Partners Move to Strengthen Anti-Fraud Effort with Form W-2 Verification Code

When you get your Form W-2 in early 2017, you may notice a new entry – a 16-digit verification code. This is part of an effort conducted by the Internal Revenue Service to protect taxpayers and strengthen anti-fraud efforts.

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Daemen Athletic Training Program Granted Continued Accreditation

Daemen Athletic Training Program Granted Continued Accreditation

Daemen College’s Professional Master’s Athletic Training Program, one of only two accredited programs in New York State, has received continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The 10-year accreditation is the maximum term available to institutions.

Established in 2008, Daemen’s athletic training program previously received an initial five-year accreditation, which is also the maximum granted for a first-time accredited program.

“Receiving this national accreditation is a testament to our program’s level of excellence and our commitment to the high standards that CAATE represents,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “Our committed faculty provide students an exceptional education and advanced professional preparation that is essential to pursuing a career in the athletic training field.”

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host First-time Author Joe DiNardo

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host First-time Author Joe DiNardo

Author Joe DiNardo has released his first book, “A Letter to My Wife,” a 55-page dedication that follows his journey with his late wife, Marcia, from cancer diagnosis through death. A funny, sad and hopeful look at the beauty of love found and lost, DiNardo uses anecdotes, practical wisdom and a unique approach to storytelling to create shared experiences with his readers — many of whom have gone through or know someone who has gone through a battle with cancer.

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, will host DiNardo for a book-signing event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.

DiNardo is the CEO, director and founder of Counsel Financial, a highly specialized commercial lender offering loans and credit lines to law firms. In these roles he oversees all business transactions and provides long-term strategy for the company.

Winter Market Continues With Free Exercise Class, Nutrition Information

Winter Market Continues With Free Exercise Class, Nutrition Information

The Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State, an indoor version of the popular Elmwood Village Farmers Market, continues from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4, in Buckham Hall on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

In addition to hosting nearly 20 quality vendors, entertainment is offered from approximately 10 to 11:30 a.m. Providing musical entertainment on Feb. 4 will be the Nickel City String Band. Hosting the market’s community table this Saturday will be Heritage Centers. One group or organization from Buffalo State also hosts a weekly informational table, and the market is equipped to accept EBT customers as well.

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Safeguarding Taxpayer Data: Monitor Your EFIN for Suspicious Activity

Identity thieves increasingly target tax professionals. A thief who breaches the data of one tax return preparer can gain hundreds or thousands of taxpayers’ data. One way you can monitor for suspicious activity is to check how many federal tax returns have been filed with your Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN).

As part of the ongoing concerns about security and identity theft, the IRS recommends that you verify the number of returns submitted under your EFIN. Do this routinely and especially during filing season.

Verify your EFIN through IRS e-Services. If you do not have an e-Services account, then your first step would be to go to e-Services and register for an account.

Once you have logged into your e-Services account, follow these steps to verify the number of returns electronically filed with the IRS:

Homeowners Can Reap the Financial Benefits of Solar Energy

Homeowners Can Reap the Financial Benefits of Solar Energy

Whether you’re putting an addition on your house or simply giving the interior a fresh coat of paint, there’s nothing like the feeling of achievement that comes with the completion of a home improvement project. Now imagine if that completed project also resulted in significant energy savings, putting more cash into your pocket and less pollution into the environment. 

Does that sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. Welcome to the world of solar energy.

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

Elmwood Village Farmers Market Announces Annual Poster Competition

The Elmwood Village Farmers Market will hold its seventh annual poster contest to promote the outdoor market’s upcoming 2017 season. Entries for the poster competition are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 10. Whether you’re a student studying the arts, a professional graphic designer or just someone with a creative streak, you’re invited to submit your design for an 11x17-inch color poster that accurately reflects the feel of the Elmwood Village Farmers Market, sponsored by the Elmwood Village Association.