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NOTE: EXTRA HOLIDAY SERVICE No Garbage, Recycling or Organic Collection, nor Street Cleaning on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20 The New York City Department of Sanitation announced that in observance of Presidents’ Day, there will be no garbage, recycling, or organics collection, nor street cleaning on Monday, February 20, 2017. - Residents who normally receive Monday trash, organics or recycling collection should place their material out at curbside after 4 p.m. on Monday, February 20 for pickup. The Department usually collects recyclables the week following the holiday, and this is a departure from our normal holiday service. Additionally, all Sanitation Department administrative offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, in observance of the holiday. For questions about Sanitation services and holiday schedules contact 311 or visit nyc.gov/sanitation.

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FIRST EVER CULTURAL PACKAGE SIGNED INTO LAW Package also represents biggest overhaul of Percent for Art since program was created in 1982 On Wednesday, the first ever package of cultural legislation since the establishment of the Department of Cultural Affairs in 1976, as well as the largest set of reforms to the Percent for Art program since it was initiated 1982, was signed into law. The six bills were passed by the City Council last week and work to create more feedback in the Percent for Art process, allow more funds to go to projects, and encourage diversity among Percent for Art Commissions. They also require requiring greater transparency and reporting from the Art Commission and from the Cultural Institutions Groups (CIGs). Together, this package represents a change, building over the past several years, in how the city approaches and is involved in the arts: asking for more transparency, diversity, and community engagement. “Today the largest package of bills ever in the history of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, along with major reforms to the Percent for Art program, became law. I’m extremely proud of my team and my Council colleagues for working with me to pass this meaningful legislation. These bills will bring more transparency and accountability to the public art process and strengthen the programs that help make our city the cultural capital of the world,” said City Council Majority Leader and Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer. Majority Leader Van Bramer continued, “These bills will increase community input in the Percent for Art program by requiring community members to sit on Percent for Art panels, requiring the DCLA to collect data on who receives commissions, and mandating that outreach to artists is conducted in multiple languages. They will also strengthen Percent for Art by increasing the amount of money that can be spent on these important public projects. This package also contains legislation requiring annual reports from the Arts Commission and the Cultural Institutions groups, bringing more transparency to the institutions that literally shape the face of our city. New York City is better with more public art, more ambitious public art, and public art in every neighborhood. That is what this package will accomplish.” “The 35th Council District, which I proudly represent, is home to artists of all backgrounds whose inspirational work continues to explore different ideas, perspectives, and societal issues. My legislation - Intros 1295, 1296, and 1297 - is an opportunity to diversify participation within the Percent for Art program and expand our city’s investment in artists who can transform public spaces into canvases that will showcase their creativity and beautify our neighborhoods. This unprecedented funding increase in the Program’s 35-year history is momentous and an incredible victory for our city. I want to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker Melissa MarkViverito, Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Jimmy Van Bramer, and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl for their continued advocacy and support towards the cultural enrichment of all New Yorkers,” said Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues. These laws represent a growing in-

vestment on the part of the City Council and the City of New York in the arts and culture. In the past seven years, the city has allocated more than $1 billion in cultural capital funding, and in FY 17 alone, the city allocated $331 million for operational and capital support for cultural organizations and institutions. The City Council now allocates over $25 million every year to its cultural initiatives, which include programs such as the Cultural After School Adventure Program (CASA), SU-CASA, and the Cultural Immigrant Initiative. SU-CASA is now the nation’s largest art program specifically aimed at seniors. New York City is also in the process of developing its first ever cultural plan, required by legislation passed in 2015 by Majority Leader Van Bramer and Council Member Levin. The cultural plan will direct further investment in the arts over an extended time frame. The package signed into law today contains six pieces of legislation: Intro No. 865-B (Sponsored by Majority Leader Van Bramer): Intro 865 requires the DCLA to report data on visits to members of the Cultural Institutions Group, including data on free visits and organized visits by public school students, helping to identify needs, successes, and areas of improvement. Intro No. 1276-B (Sponsored by Majority Leader Van Bramer): Intro 1276-B requires that the Arts Commission, which approves and oversees the design for city projects, including public art and monuments, to compile a yearly report on all projects they. The remaining bills regulate the Percent for Art program, the first significant reforms to this program since it was created in 1982. Intro No. 1290 (Sponsored by Majority Leader Van Bramer and Council Member Cumbo): Intro 1290 requires that the panel deciding on Percent for Art commissions include ex-officio representatives from the office of the Borough President, Community Board, and Council Member in whose district the project is located. Intro 1295 (Sponsored by Council Member Cumbo and Majority Leader Van Bramer) Intro 1295 requires DCLA to publish on its website aggregated demographic information about the artists who received Percent for Art Commissions, to help encourage diversity in commission allocations. Intro No. 1297 (Sponsored by Council Member Cumbo and Majority Leader Van Bramer) Intro 1297 requires that outreach encouraging artists to apply for Percent for Art Commissions occurs in the seven most commonly spoken languages in New York City. In addition, the Department of Cultural Affairs will be required to host an information on applying for a Percent for Art commission in each of the five boroughs every year. Intro 1296 (Sponsored by Council Member Cumbo and Majority Leader Van Bramer) Intro 1296 will raise the cap on Percent for Art projects from $400,000 to $900,000 for projects under a certain threshold, and from $1.5 million to $4 million for projects over that threshold. The cap was last amended and has not kept up with inflation. To Advertise E-mail SSabba@WoodsideHerald.com or call 718-729-3772

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VALENTINE’S DAY CARE & GREETINGS On Saturday February 11th, a group of children and parents from Sunnyside Reformed Church visited the Queens Boulevard Extended Care Facility on 61st Street and Queens Boulevard to bring Valentine’s Day greetings to the residents. Sunday School teacher Stephanie Kelley arranged the visit and helped the kids to showcase their talents with a program of song, dance, and poetry. The church is now planning a regular connection with the facility as the beginning of an outreach program to match youngsters with elders in need.

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New member Dayboat, at 4116 Queens Blvd. where Salt & Fat used to be, is a restaurant from partners Robert Mendoza and Sandra Telenchana, both wed to others. The emphasis is fresh fish, and the spot is making a splash with their five cerviches, paella and Peruvian innovative fusion cuisine. It is apparent that another hip restaurant is blossoming in our midst. Showing meaningful support to new fellow restaurateurs on a busy Valentine’s Day at the Chamber Showcase Luncheon, board member DeMole chef Ramiro and Meraya Mendez attended, pronouncing as very tasty, the “Leche de Tigre Misto,” a spicy soup with mahimahi, shrimp, toasted corn, and finely diced cilantro and onions. The second course of chicken-vegetable fried rice left no plates empty. Dessert was ice cream made with lucuma fruit, reminiscent of mocha. Local art director/designer and member Brandon W. Mosley, whose AccessQueens.org site shows recent work, shared upto-the-minute “Marketing Your Business in a Digital Age” tips. He provided a 34-page handout and suggested brand consistency across on and offline materials, with sites prepared from the start for desktop, mobile and smart phones. For beginners, he explained that a logo is not a brand, which is how others perceive your product as a whole. He recommended .com and .net rather than the newer domain extensions. Meta tags, the behind-the-page phrases that are picked up by search engines to elevate your site in the rankings (search engine optimization, or SEO) to customers searching for what you might offer, are no longer fooled with simple repetition. Better, he recommended, to also create a hierarchy of concise descriptions of your offerings in your actual page text, with the engines now picking up your page headings to determine your placement. For those more advanced, he suggests “Open Graph” meta tags, which instruct social media accounts on how to display content. Mosley suggested, for instance, if you were, say, a Pilate’s instructor, avoiding a long story of your ori-

gins, an accurate listing of what you offer would garner a higher ranking. Mosley has 12 years experience, is available through his own company, ManjiDesigns.com. Kris Czerniachowicz, board member, baked Valentine’s Day tradition large and mini delicious rum cakes a la Luke Adams, essentially a cocktail in box, with Ira Greenberg, Esq., former Chamber president, winning the full-sized version. Richard Drake purchased three well-received bottles of fine white wine to accompany the luncheon. Chamber President Manny Gomez, who led the program, announced that Dayboat received their liquor license so spirits are now on the menu. VP Dorothy Morehead, head of the Environmental committee on CB2, and Newtown Creek watchdog, suggested to applause we advocate re-instating the plastic bag fee, exempting shoppers with food stamps or on assistance. In response to questions from some newly svelte members, about achieving body tone after a large weight loss, manager Josh Valverde of Phyzique Gym suggested a free fitness evaluation, with respect to your individual situation, cosmetic concerns, and new data available. Media Liaison Dr. Sharon Cadiz of Astoria and LIC’S Justice for All Coalition (JFAC), a new Chamber member, invited all to unite to give community feedback on development in Western Queens. In what portends to be a lively meeting, there will be a presentation from City Planning with opportunity for questions and feedback. JFAC’s Dr. Diane Brown stated “we need to stand together in unity and mobilize efforts to express concerns like those in Chinatown and Sunset Park that have likewise been impacted by a trend of over-built communities that threaten residents with higher prices; displacement; loss of local businesses; forced choices about land use and dwindling prospects for affordable housing.”

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OUR WILD IRISH ROSE by Patricia Dorfman

My wild Irish Rose, the sweetest flower that grows. You may search everywhere, but none can compare with my wild Irish Rose…” Chauncey Olcott) Because our own Mary Flannery, who has worked at Sidetracks Restaurant in Sunnyside almost 30 years, generously threw her own farewell party there February 6 with a feast and a band, no such song was sung, but such keening was in every heart. She takes her charming brogue and fine self away from us in May, returning permanently to Tipperary, here childhood home. If anyone was wondering if Sunnyside Woodside is still an Irish enclave, the craic was mighty as hundreds and hundreds of wistful well wishers poured in hour after hour, brought cards, purchased their own spirits, created a five-foot-high mound of bouquets, and so revealed the legions of Eire hereabouts are undiminished. Not all Mary’s fans are Irish or Irish American. Her manner as manager of Sidetracks combines blistering efficiency, a welcome felt by all, loyalty, speed, honesty, a strong sense of justice, a motherly concern, a hearty sense of humor, and an inde-

fatigable work ethic. More than one of us hopes she will tire of relaxing all the day, looking out the window in paradise, and come back for long visits. Many of her friendly family members joined her here to help celebrate the occasion, flying from Ireland and Boston, sampling local restaurants, and gamely fielding accusations of stealing her away. She addresses all Woodside Herald readers in farewell, echoing her words Feb. 6: “I would like thank Sidetracks Restaurant for hiring me. Thank you Andy Breslin, Bernard Reilly, Ann Marie Reilly, and David Lynch. A sincere thank you to all the staff I work with now and have worked with over the years who mean so much to me. I also want to thank the customers who made my days a pleasure. I will really miss you. I will come back to see you all in the near future, please God. My sincere thanks to everyone and God bless. Love, Mary F.” Till we meet again, “our wild Irish rose.”

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Diane Ballek, President of the 108th Precinct Community Council, celebrated Valentine’s Day by sharing a nice breakfast with Captain Ralph Forgione, Ethel, and our new cadets. The 108th Community Council wholeheartedly thanks the children of P.S. 199 for their beautiful and thoughtful Valentine’s Day cards, as well as Principal Anthony Inzerillo for his hospitality. We would additionally like to wish a very warm Valentine’s Day to all the members of our wonderful community!

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JUSTICE FOR ALL COALITION INVITES COMMUNITY FEEDBACK ON DEVELOPMENT

LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE • LEGAL NOTICE PROBATE CITATION File No.: 2016-4779 SURROGATE’S COURT – QUEEN COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Lester Geller, Arlene Weisburd, Harriet Goldman, Martin Schirtzer, Attorney General of the State of New York, Public Administrator of Queens County and the heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of Florence Seiden_deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignee and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. A petition having been duly filed by Gary Orkin, who is domiciled at 37 Center Drive, Syosset, NY 11791 and Board of Trustees of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Inc., whose address is 1300 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, New York 10461. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, on April 6, 2017, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of FLORENCE SEIDEN lately domiciled at 33-25 90 th Street, Jackson Heights, New York admitting to probate a Will dated July 3, 2011, (a Codicil dated a copy of which is attached), as the Will of FLORENCE SEIDEN deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that [x] Letters Testamentary issue to: Gary Orkin [x] Letters of Trusteeship issue to: Board of Trustees of

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Inc. Dated, Attested and Sealed JANUARY 25, 2017 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate Margaret M. Gribbon_Chief Clerk ROSEMAN, BEERMAN and BEERMAN, LLP Attorney for Petitioner 516-327- 4600 Telephone Number 3000 Marcus Avenue, Ste. 3W6, Lake Success, NY 11042 Address of Attorney [NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.] 2/3/17, 2/10/17, 2/17/17, 2/24/17 File No.: 2015-4463/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Edwina Alleyne, Verona Phillips, Patrick Godson-Phillips, Edris John Dotsie Bacchus, June Phillips, Carol Reid, Janice Ortiz, Roberto Phillips, Pathier Marchland, David Young, Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of Zelantha A. Phillips, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Selwyn Phillips, if living and if dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin and distributees whose names and places of residence are unknown and if they died

subsequent to the decedent herein, to their executors, administrators, legatees, devisees, assignees and successors in interest whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of Zelantha A. Phillips, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 8401 Main Street, $329, Briarwood, NY, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of Zelantha A. Phillips, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 23rd day of March, 2017 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $13,458.39 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate

should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(3); and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 27th day of January, 2017 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County Lee Coulman Acting Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000, 1981 Marcus Avenue, Suite 200, Lake Success, New York 11042 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation 2/10/17, 2/ 17/17, 2/24/17, 3/3/17

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Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on February 13, 2017, bearing Index Number NC000667-16/QU a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) MOLLY (Middle) ANNA (Last) GRASSO My present name is (First) ANNA (Middle) A.(Last) GRASSO AKA ANNA ANTONOVA GRASSO, AKA ANNA MARINOVA GRASSO, AKA ANNA ANTONOVA MARINOVA My present address is 34-38 41 st Street, Apt. #2A, Long Island City, NY 11101-8604 My place of birth is BULGARIA My date of birth is July 21, 1986 Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 1/20/2017, bearing Index Number NC000989-16/QU a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) OLIVIA (Middle) YING QI (Last) MARKUS. My present name is (First) OLIVIA (Middle) CHAN (Last) MARKUS (infant). My present address is 4545 Center Blvd, Apt. #3802, Long Island City, NY 11109-5981. My place of birth is Manhattan, NY. My date of birth is August 13, 2016.


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Letters To The Editor

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The following letters are the opinions of its author and not necessarily those of the Woodside Herald.

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD Dear Editor, Once again I wish to thank Amy Paul for writing and you for publishing the opinion piece, “How We Move Forward as a Neighborhood.” (Woodside Herald 1/20/17.) Amy has, in a positive way, reinforced my reaction to the new president, that is, we can work in this neighborhood to keep the good and change the bad. The forums Amy held at Woodside on the Move were important learning tools. While I did not always agree with the groups who spoke, i listened and learned. Knowledge is important, especially now. To me, the diversity of Queens is one of the best parts of living here. Neighbors from Nepal, Thailand, Columbia, Turkey and many other countries make the world smaller and make events around the world more personal. The earthquakes in Nepal and Ecuador happened to families we know. People from the Middle East are also our neighbors. Yes, we must listen and learn. The anti-hate demonstrations must continue and must translate into individual and collective action to keep every one of us safe and able to express our opinions. I hope and believe we can be a model for democracy because people like Amy Paul are here. Respectfully, Regina Shanley

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WESTERN QUEENS! Children are on school break, and it’s cold this week. No problem in Queens, where puppet slams, matinees, and workshops mix happily with concerts, plays, lectures, and a backyard bird count. Here are the details. FEB. 17, GAELIC FOLK MUSIC, 7PM Uilleann piper Cillian Vallely and flautist Kevin Crawford perform. $20. New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Ave., LIC.

FEB. 18, BACK NUMBER BUDD, 1PM Ellen Gruber Garvey, a professor at New Jersey City University, talks about Back Number Budd, a fascinating African American man from Ravenswood who opened a business in the 1870s sorting and organizing back issues of newspapers for sale to journalists and lawyers. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.

FEB. 19, WINNIE THE POOH, FEB. 26 Matinees of the 2011 hand-drawn animation film of A.A. Milne’s children’s book about Christopher Robin and his stuffed animals. Screenings are daily at 12:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

FEB. 19, COMMUNITY DAY, 10:30AM - 6PM Crafts, tours, performance, and panel discussion on Islamic art held in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Free. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.

FEB. 19, 3-ON-3 CORPORATE BASKETBALL CHALLENGE, 10AM TO 2PM A friendly, three-on-three basketball tournament with teams from Queens businesses. Main goals are networking and fun. Free registration. Variety Boys & Girls Club, 21-12 30th Rd., Astoria.

FEB. 19, KIMI MAEDA, BEND, 3PM Kimi’s solo act tells the story of her father, Robert Maeda, who was forced into an internment camp at age nine. Kimi weaves together live-feed projections of sand drawings with archival footage from the 1940s to explore the relationship between Robert and Isamu Noguchi, who was in the same camp voluntarily. Free. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.

FEB. 22, ANNA AZRIELI: MIRROR FUROR, FEB. 25 Interpretive show performed by a dancer, an actor, a child, and a choreographer. Every night at 8 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.

The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions. More info at www.itsinqueens.com.

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OF PREPARERS FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY More than half of taxpayers hire a professional when it’s time to file a tax return. Even if you don’t prepare your own Form 1040, you’re still legally responsible for what is on it. A tax return preparer is trusted with your most personal information. They know about your marriage, your income, your children and your Social Security numbers — all the sensitive details of your financial life. If you pay someone to prepare your federal income tax return, the IRS urges you to choose that person wisely. To do that, take some time to understand a few essentials. Most tax return preparers provide outstanding service. However, each year, some taxpayers are hurt financially because they choose the wrong tax return preparer. Wellintentioned taxpayers can be misled by preparers who don’t understand taxes or who mislead people into taking credits or deductions they aren’t entitled to just to increase their fee. Every year, these types of tax preparers face everything from penalties to even jail time for defrauding their clients. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing a tax preparer: - Check to be sure the preparer has an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). Anyone with a valid 2015 PTIN is authorized to prepare federal tax returns. Tax return preparers, however, have differing levels of skills, education and expertise. An important difference in the types of practitioners is “representation rights”. You can learn more about the several different types of return preparers on IRS.gov/chooseataxpro. - Ask the tax preparer if they have a professional credential (enrolled agent, certified public accountant, or attorney), belong to a professional organization or attend continuing education classes. A number of tax law changes, including the Affordable Care Act provisions, can be complex. A competent tax professional needs to be up-to-date in these matters. Tax return preparers aren’t required to have a professional credential, but make sure you understand the qualifications of the preparer you select. - Check on the service fees upfront. Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of your refund or those who say they can get larger refunds than others can. - Always make sure any refund due is sent to you or deposited into your bank account. Taxpayers should not deposit their refund into a preparer’s bank account. - Make sure your preparer offers IRS e-file and ask that your return be submitted to the IRS electronically. It’s the safest and most accurate way to file a return, whether you do it alone or pay someone to prepare and file for you. - Make sure the preparer will be available. Make sure you’ll be able to contact the tax preparer after you

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file your return – even after the April 15 due date. This may be helpful in the event questions come up about your tax return - Provide records and receipts. Good preparers will ask to see your records and receipts. They’ll ask you questions to determine your total income, deductions, tax credits and other items. Do not rely on a preparer who is willing to e-file your return using your last pay stub instead of your Form W-2. This is against IRS e-file rules. - Never sign a blank return. Don’t use a tax preparer that asks you to sign an incomplete or blank tax form. - Review your return before signing. Before you sign your tax return, review it and ask questions if something is not clear. Make sure you’re comfortable with the accuracy of the return before you sign it. - returns and include their PTIN as required by law. The preparer must also give you a copy of the return. - Report abusive tax preparers to the IRS. As a professional, my focus is to educate individuals and business on many of a number of complex tax codes and tax reform. My experiences are the basis for this submission and to hopefully give the public information that they may or may not know.

BIO: An enrolled agent, is granted unrestricted rights to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, demonstrate special competence in tax matters, adhere to ethical standards, and are required to stay current with tax law and regulations. We are licensed by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. We work with taxpayers, businesses and individuals, on tax preparations and represent taxpayers before the IRS and State Departments You can reach me at Karen.McCrain@MccrainGroup.com. This discussion is not intended as tax advice and cannot be relied upon for any purposes without the advice of a qualified CPA, EA or Attorney.


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