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March 2020 E-Newsletter
Let’s Celebrate National Puppy Day!
March 23rd is National Puppy Day! Join us in celebrating our furry friends.
National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 to promote pet adoption and to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. If you are looking to welcome a furry family member into your heart and home, please check with local animal rescue organizations like Austin Dog Rescue, or go to www.petfinder.com. Austin Dog Rescue will be hosting an adoption event on Saturday, March 28th if you’re ready to fall in love with new best friend.
Your Referrals = Donations
For every referral we receive this quarter, we will donate to the charity of the quarter, Radical Restoration Ministries, Inc. in Georgetown. Radical Restoration provides support to women who are recently released to break to cycle of incarceration and addiction and to start a new chapter of their lives. In addition to the donation, for each referral, you will be entered into our annual $100 gift card drawing!
Daylight Savings Time: How to help kids adjust
There's nothing parents hate more than daylight saving time on whether the time change that much of the country faces twice a year is beneficial, for parents it can wreak havoc on household sleep schedules and routines. Nobody wants to mess with a tired, cranky toddler. Check out these tips to help your little one adjust.
St Patrick’s Day Festival
The 20th annual St. Patrick’s Day Austin festival will be held on Sunday, March 15th from noon to 6pm at Pioneer Farms in North Austin. Don’t miss out on this celebration of authentic Irish culture that’s fun for the whole family!
SXSW Music Festival
Each year in Austin, Texas, the SXSW Music Festival brings artists, fans and music professionals together with film and tech industry creatives for a unique celebration, discussion and exploration of music — discovering new talent, making personal and business connections and enjoying a week of great live performances. This year’s festival will take place March 16-22.
Parent-Teen Safe Driver Contract
Help your teen driver become a safe driver. Use this parent-teen contract from Safeco to set clear expectations, rules and responsibilities for the road. It’s free and available to anyone, whether or not you’re a Safeco customer.
9 Tax Filing Mistakes, and How To Avoid Them
Errors can slow down the processing of your return and potentially delay your refund. So, before you hit send or seal the envelope to file your 2019 tax return, make sure your return is IRS-ready. According to the IRS, these are some of the common errors people make when filing their tax returns.
Social Security number errors
Did you remember to include your Social Security number on your return, and does it match the information on your Social Security card? Missing or incorrect numbers are common issues on many taxpayers’ returns.
Incorrect or misspelled names
If you have a nickname, don’t make the mistake of putting it on your tax return. The name on your return must match the name on your Social Security card exactly.
Wrong filing status
If your marital status changed last year, you adopted a child or experienced another change that might impact your filing status, you may be confused about which filing status to select. IRS.gov offers a tool called the Interactive Tax Assistant to help you determine which status to choose.
Check your work, then check it again. Math mistakes are easy to make, particularly on some of the more complex sections of your return, such as calculating the taxable portion of a pension, IRA distribution or Social Security benefits.
Credits and deduction errors
Do you take the standard deduction or itemize? Do you qualify for an Earned Income Tax Credit or have dependents? If you’re eligible for tax credits or deductions, make sure you’re entering the correct information that applies to your situation. Your tax professional can help. The IRS.gov Interactive Tax Assistant can help with these determinations as well.
Wrong bank account numbers
If you’re owed a refund, providing your bank information to the IRS typically means you’ll get it sooner than if you request a check. However, if you enter the wrong routing number or account number, your refund could be delayed.
Your tax return isn’t complete until you sign it. If you’re filing a joint return, both you and your spouse must sign. Filing electronically allows you to sign digitally and helps ensure you don’t skip this important step.
Wrong e-file PIN
If you’re filing electronically, your PIN is a number you selected when filing last year’s return. If you don’t remember your PIN, you can validate your return by entering your Adjusted Gross Income from last year.
Expired Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN)
ITINs are used by the IRS to process tax returns for people who don’t have or aren’t eligible to have Social Security numbers. Filing with an expired ITIN means you won’t receive any exemptions or credits when your return is processed, and if you are owed a refund, it may be withheld. How do you know if your ITIN is expired? The IRS will contact you by mail and provide renewal instructions.
The easiest way to avoid a lot of these mistakes? File electronically. While not foolproof, it can help prevent many of these errors.
Source: IRS.gov: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/nine-common-filing-errors-to-avoid