DENVER - Monday, April 15 ,is the deadline to file your 2012 tax return, and the IRS reminds those who have not filed yet to take their time, because a mistake may delay a refund. According to the IRS, the most common errors on tax returns are names and Social Security numbers that don't match."If you changed your name, tell the Social Security Administration before you file your tax return," said Karen Connelly, IRS spokesperson. "And parents need to obtain Social Security numbers for children in order to claim tax exemptions for them."Other common mistakes are math errors and using the wrong filing status."Make sure you choose which of the five filing status' best fits your situation," said Connelly. "Your filing status is used to determine your filing requirements, standard deduction, eligibility for certain credits, and your correct tax." About 80 percent of tax returns are e-filed so the software does the math, and helps taxpayers avoid mistakes and claim all eligible credits. Connelly said one in five eligible workers don't claim the Earned Income Tax Credit that can be worth as much as $5,891. Connelly cautioned anyone preparing a paper return to review all their math for accuracy, clearly print all information, attach a copy of their W-2s from each employer and all other necessary schedules. Before putting a paper return in an envelope, make sure to sign and date it. Use the correct mailing address from the tax form instructions and use enough postage. "If you're married, both spouses must sign a joint return," said Connelly. "An unsigned tax return is like an unsigned check. It's invalid."Direct deposit will get your refund in your bank faster, but double check the financial institution routing and account numbers or it may be returned to the IRS.
More than 40 volunteers removed nearly seven tons of garbage from public land north of Rifle on Saturday, April 6, as part of an annual cleanup sponsored by High Country 4 Wheelers and White River Trail Runners.The volunteers from the two off-highway vehicle clubs, along with the Aspen Dirt Bike School, also designed and constructed a motocross track for visitors to the Bureau of Land Management's Hubbard Mesa OHV area.Volunteers filled two 40-yard trash containers, donated by Redi Services and Mountain Refuse Inc., with a variety of garbage that had accumulated since last year's cleanup. Riverside Import Autos donated use of a skid steer and Dick Casey Concrete donated use of a front-end loader, both of which were used to construct the motocross track. Garfield County provided discounted dumping fees to their landfill.
An educational program about Crohn's and colitis, the Rifle Take Steps Walk kickoff meeting, will be held Wednesday, April 17, in the Grand River Hospital's Colorado River room, 501 Airport Road in Rifle.The schedule is:5:30-5:45 p.m.: Registration, introductions and information about the walk, prizes and registration for the walk.5:45-7 p.m.: Speeches by Mickie Hosack, clinical dietitian at Grand River Hospital and Medical Center; Dr. Deborah Brown from Grand River Medical Center; and Dr. Jason M. Collins, a gastroenterologist at Glenwood Medical Associates.7-7:15 p.m.: Panel discussion and Q&A session.7:15-7:30 p.m.: Mary Moore will talk about the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's Camp Oasis for children and teens affected by inflammatory bowel disease.The annual Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis walk is scheduled for Sunday, June 2, at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs.For more information, contact walk coordinator Jenny Roope at 1-866-768-2232 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or walk chairperson Mary Lee Mohrlang, (970) 216-5058 or email@example.com. You can also visit cctakesteps.org/ corivervalley.
A Rifle-based wildlife technician with the White River National Forest was recently honored for her role in groundbreaking research into black swift migration.In Washington, D.C. on March 27, the 2013 Wings Across the Americas Conservation Awards ceremony was held as part of the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference.Kim Potter was honored for her work in the field of bird conservation. The Research and Partnership award went to the "Black Swift Migration and Wintering Grounds Investigation."For more than 10 years, Potter and other scientists studied the rare and elusive bird and recently used "bird backpacks," which lace around the swift's body and wings, to discover the wintering area for the bird. Swifts that were equipped with the "bird backpack" migrated to a remote rainforest in western Brazil, approximately 4,300 miles from their Colorado nest sites.Potter, a wildlife technician stationed at the Rifle Ranger District office, and Jason Beason of Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory accepted the award on behalf of their group. The Forest Service invests heavily in protecting habitat for listed migratory birds, many of which spend the winter in Latin America and the Caribbean.