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Woodland Manor Nursing Center is sponsoring a Chicken Noodle Dinner and Bake Sale at the Williamsport-Attica Senior Center located at 306 Ross Avenue, Williamsport on Friday. October 23.

Dinner is served from 5 to 7 pm. Carry-outs will be available. Cost is $8.00

Dinner includes: chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, vegetable, Beef House rolls, and dessert.

Bake items will include baked goods in single and whole portions to take home. Items baked and donated by area seniors. Bake sale is from 5 to 7 pm.

All proceeds benefit the Senior Center.

Community Action Program’s Highland Manor Apartments will be the site for a mobile food pantry for the Perrysville area.  This has been made possible through a collaboration with Perrysville Highland Manor Residents and Catholic Charities, Terre Haute Food Bank.  Below is a flyer with more information about dates and times.

Perrysville Mobile Food Pantry Flyer

The next Open Enrollment for the new health insurance options made available under the Affordable Care Act is November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016 . Plans that are offered through the health insurance marketplace are required to cover the basics — doctor visits, hospital stays, preventive care, prescriptions and more, and you may be able to get help paying for the cost of your new insurance or qualify for low cost options.

Individuals who are seeking health insurance through the Marketplace can access Navigators through groups like ASPIN Health Navigators.  ASPIN Navigators are supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – there is no cost for their services. Navigators will review plans with you so that you can learn more about the affordable health care options available to you and your family.

You might also qualify for a Special Enrollment Period – that means you could sign up now for health insurance on the Marketplace.  If you qualify for a special enrollment, you have a period of 60 days following certain life events that involve a change in family status (for example, marriage or birth of a child) or loss of other health coverage. Job-based plans must provide a special enrollment period of 30 days.  Navigators are also able to help individuals with their questions and enrollment in Medicaid, CHIP and HIP 2.0.

ASPIN Health Navigators are here to help.   If you don’t understand your insurance, navigators can help you individually or provide presentations to groups.

Call ASPIN’s helpline at 877-313-7215 or visit their website www.aspinhealthnavigator.org to ask questions or schedule an appointment. Fountain and surrounding county residents can contact Shannon Holloway-Sargent at shsargent@aspin.org with questions.

Following the emergence of new variations of widespread tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service today issued another warning to taxpayers to remain on high alert and protect themselves against the ever-evolving array of deceitful tactics scammers use to trick people. These schemes – which can occur over the phone, in e-mails or through letters with authentic looking letterhead – try to trick taxpayers into providing personal financial information or scare people into making a false tax payment that ends up with the criminal. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received reports of roughly 600,000 contacts since October 2013. TIGTA is also aware of more than 4,000 victims who have collectively reported over $20 million in financial losses as a result of tax scams.

Scammers posing as IRS agents first targeted those they viewed as most vulnerable, such as older Americans, newly arrived immigrants and those whose first language is not English. These criminals have expanded their net and are now targeting virtually anyone. In a new variation, scammers alter what appears on your telephone caller ID to make it seem like they are with the IRS or another agency such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. They use fake names, titles and badge numbers. They use online resources to get your name, address and other details about your life to make the call sound official. They even go as far as copying official IRS letterhead for use in email or regular mail.

 

The most common theme with these tricks seems to be fear. Scammers try to scare people into reacting immediately without taking a moment to think through what is actually happening. These scam artists often angrily threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation or other similarly unpleasant things. They may also leave “urgent” callback requests, sometimes through “robo-calls,” via phone or email. The emails will often contain a fake IRS document with a telephone number or email address for your reply. It is important to remember the official IRS website is IRS.gov. Taxpayers are urged not to be confused or misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org or other designations instead of .gov.  Taxpayers should never provide personal information, financial or otherwise, to suspicious websites or strangers calling out of the blue.

 

The IRS will never:

 

Here’s what you should do if you think you’re the target of an IRS impersonation scam:

For more information on reporting tax scams, go to IRS.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

Financial Peace University classes are scheduled in Benton County at the Community Action Program office in Oxford. Classes will be held for 9 weeks beginning, Wednesday, August 19 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Childcare and a light dinner are provided.

Cost is $50.00 per family. If families complete the 9 week course, Alliance Bank will reimburse $25 of the registration cost. To register email Chris at bcap@capwi.org or call 765-385-0623.

Are you or your child uninsured?  You or your child may be eligible for one of the state’s health coverage plans or MDwise Marketplace, created and offered under the Affordable Care Act.  For more information click on the button below:

Health Insurance Information

 

 

Food Finders Food Bank has several mobile pantries that come to locations within our six county service area and more.  Visit http://www.food-finders.org/mobile-pantry-program/ to find a location in your area.  Calendar of upcoming visits are available at the base of the page.

Easy. Free. Tax help you can trust.

The MyFreeTaxes Partnership provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals. It’s easy, safe, secure and 100 percent free.  This national campaign empowers working individuals and families with low-to-moderate income to access free tax preparation and filing assistance services online, at home, at a community center or with the help of a nonprofit partner.  MyFreeTaxes adheres to existing IRS rules and regulations.  In addition, your civil rights are protected.  MyFreeTaxes does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), disability, reprisal, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation or status as a parent.

Visit  MyFreeTaxes to learn more.

Governor Pence announced recently that the HIP 2.0 program has been approved and the state is taking applications! This program will cover many non-disabled adults who were previously not eligible for any category of Medicaid.

More information can be found at www.hip.in.gov and questions can be directed to the HIP call center at 1-877-438-4479.

Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana (CAPWI) will be offering a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program starting in mid-January 2015.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.  IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

The program starts mid-January and runs through mid-April, 2015.  It is being offered on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30 to 7:00 pm, and every other Saturday starting January 31, at our Covington office location.

This service is also being offered Tuesday evenings from 4:30 to 7:00 pm, Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:30 pm, and every other Saturday morning from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon starting on February 7th, at our Clinton office.

This is an excellent service being offered to help families to save more money at tax time by not having to pay preparation fees and rapid refund expenses.  This savings could be used to help offset household expenses that are higher at this time of year.

Please contact Alice Young at 765-793-4881 to schedule an appointment.

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program offers income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school.  (The scholarship amount may be adjusted based on the family’s ability to contribute to a college education.)  In middle and high school, Scholars are connected to programs and resources to help them plan, prepare, and pay for college.  Once in college, Scholars receive support to complete their college degrees and connect to career opportunities.  7th and 8th grade Indiana students whose families meet income guidelines can apply to become a 21st Century Scholar.  Applications must be received by June 30 of the students 8th grade year.

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The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a warning about a new tax scam that uses a website that mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page.  The actual IRS e-Services page offers web-based products for tax preparers, not the general public. The phony web page looks almost identical to the real one.  The IRS gets many reports of fake websites like this. Criminals use these sites to lure people into providing personal and financial information that may be used to steal the victim’s money or identity.  The address of the official IRS website is www.irs.gov Don’t be misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org or other designations instead of .gov.  If you find a suspicious website that claims to be the IRS, send the site’s URL by email to phishing@irs.gov. Use the subject line, ‘Suspicious website’.  Be aware that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.  If you get an unsolicited email that appears to be from the IRS, report it by sending it to phishing@irs.gov.  The IRS has information at www.irs.gov that can help you protect yourself from tax scams of all kinds.   Search the site using the term “phishing.”
Helpful Links:
Suspicious e-Mails and Identity Theft
Reporting Phishing
Identity Theft resource page
Publication 4523, Beware of Phishing Schemes (PDF)

Environmental Protection Agency Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Certification Training is available now!

Do you know of any contractors who need to be RRP certified? The EPA Federal Law went into effect on April 22, 2010 requiring all contractors whose work disturbs painted surfaces be certified. The fines for violating this Federal law are HUGE- up to $37,500 per violation. Contractors can contact Randy Burnette at 765-793-4881 or rburnette@capwi.org for more information on the one-day certification process.

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