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Check Out These Tax Benefits for Parents

Taxpayers with children may qualify for certain tax benefits. Parents should consider child-related tax benefits when filing their federal tax return:

Six Tax Tips for the Self-Employed

Self-employed taxpayers normally earn income by carrying on a trade or business. Here are six important tips from the IRS for the self-employed:

Are Social Security Benefits Taxable?

If taxpayers receive Social Security benefits, they may have to pay federal income tax on part of those benefits. These IRS tips will help taxpayers determine if they need to do so.

Dog Ears Bookstore Seeks Teachers and Educators to Develop Literacy Programs

Dog Ears Bookstore Seeks Teachers and Educators to Develop Literacy Programs

Want to be part of the Dog Ears Bookstore family and improve literacy in our community? The nonprofit community bookstore is looking for current and retired teachers and educators to help out with current programs, design and implement their own and be part of the bookstore’s mission.

Dog Ears will host an informative and exploratory gathering at the bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, Buffalo, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 to discuss how to serve all members of our community in a positive, educational and imaginative way. All ideas are welcome!

“Some ideas we are looking to fill our schedule with are kids programs, book clubs, story telling, computers for all ages, book-based meetings and any literacy or literature ideas you may have,” said Dog Ears Director Thomas McDonnell. “Come be part of something big, positive and exciting!”

Five Things to Know About the Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit is a tax credit that may save taxpayers up to $1,000 for each eligible qualifying child. Taxpayers should make sure they qualify before they claim it. Here are five facts from the IRS on the Child Tax Credit:

1. Qualifications. For the Child Tax Credit, a qualifying child must pass several tests:

·         Age. The child must have been under age 17 on Dec. 31, 2016.

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: