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1/22/2014 9:23:00 AM
Briefs: January 22, 2014
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Former BMHS teacher to give art talk Friday

Steve Smith, former photography teacher at Bradshaw Mountain High School, is exhibiting his work at the Prescott College Art Gallery at Sam Hill Warehouse through Feb. 8. The exhibit opened Jan. 10, and Smith will give an Artist Talk at the gallery at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24.

The exhibit is titled "Brothers Forever: A Promise Fulfilled," and includes the work of Glenn Smith who passed away in 1994.

Glenn was a New York City artist whose mosaics and paintings have been exhibited in many galleries. Steve's career in New York and Arizona has been as an art educator, woodworker and photographer.

Steve and Glenn promised each other they would one day exhibit their work together. They both sought to capture, in various mediums, life's beauties, joys, fears, and complexities. With this exhibition the brothers' promise is realized.

A portion of all proceeds from the sales of artwork will directly benefit the fight against AIDS and HIV. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Art Gallery at Sam Hill Warehouse is located at 232 N. Granite Street, Prescott. For more information, call 928-350-2341.

AARP Tax-Aide Services

Although the Internal Revenue Service will not begin accepting tax returns until January 31st, the AARP Tax-Aide Program will begin free tax preparation and e-file services at the Mountain View Manor located at 1045 Sandretto Drive in Prescott on January 27th. Preparation hours will be Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm and Saturday 9 am - 3 pm.

Services in Prescott Valley will be provided in the Crystal Room of the Prescott Valley Library located at 7401 E Civic Circle beginning February 4th. The days and hours of service in this location will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 am - 5 pm. Services in Chino Valley will begin February 3rd at the Senior Center at 1021 W Butterfield Rd Mondays and Thursdays 9 am - 2 pm.

Services are provided free to individuals of all ages and you do not have to be a member of AARP.

Low income residence of Arizona may not have a filing requirement but are missing out on one or more tax credits by not filing a state return. Two commonly missed credits are the Excise Tax Credit and the Property Tax Credit

Low income individuals may not have a filing requirement but qualify for an Excise Tax Credit, but need to file to get the funds. This credit would provide $25 per taxpayer and dependent in a household, limited to $100. There are requirements to be eligible for this credit. These limitations are, you must have lived in Arizona in 2013, not been claimed as a dependent on another return, not been sentenced for at least 60 day of 2013 to a county, state or federal prison, your federal adjusted gross income is: $25,000 or less for those filing married joint return or head of household and $12,500 or less if filing single or married filing separately.

Full year resident individuals over the age of 65 or any age if you are on SSI Title 16, with taxable income of $3750 or less and couples, only one of which needs to be 65 or on SSI Title 16, with taxable income of $5,500 or less who own or rent are encouraged to bring their proof of payment of property tax or Form 201 completed by their landlord, and file for their property tax credit as early as possible. This form needs to be mailed to the Arizona Department of Revenue and can be prepared and sent now.

Last year the Internal Revenue Service sent out over 600,000 letters to individuals notifying them they were the victim of identity theft. Those where for individuals who filed a return after someone else had already used their social security number on a return. If you have not filed a federal tax return for one or more years because you where told you did not have a filing requirement, the AAPR Tax-Aide Program management staff is encouraging you to file a Federal return this year to insure their Social Security number is not being used by someone else. Tax-Aide will file the return for free and you will be notified by the local site coordinator within 24 hours if your number was used on another return.

The form necessary to do this will be completed when the individual(s) come into the site to file for their Excise Credit and Property Tax Credit and, with the individual(s) consent, will be sent to the Internal Revenue Service.

For additional information regarding the AARP Tax-Aide Program, call 928-277-1560 Monday- Saturday or email taxaide@cableone.net.

Bowl for Kids with YBBBS

Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters (YBBBS) kicks off their biggest fundraising campaign of the year, Bowl For Kids' Sake at Antelope Lanes in Prescott Valley this Saturday, Jan. 25, with a free bowling party for all Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Couples, Family Matches and Little Brothers and Sisters. There will be free bowling, pizza and some surprises from 1 to 3 p.m. The public is welcome to come down and meet some of the volunteers and kids as well as to sign up for Bowl For Kids' Sake 2014 and pick up their Captains Packets.

The Bowl For Kids' Sake Campaign features an online registration site, azbigs.org/bowl, where people signing up to be a Team Captain, bowler or make a pledge can do that easily and securely. Bowling Thank You Party dates for teams are March 1, 2, 8 and 9 in Prescott and Prescott Valley, and March 7, 8 and 9 in the Verde Valley.

Help reviewing estate plans

The Senior Connection invites seniors and family caregivers to attend the upcoming free, educational presentation, "Why Do An Annual Review (Check-Up) Of Your Estate Plan," from 12-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look Drive.

Chuck Walker, with Walker & Walker Attorneys At Law, P.L.C., will cover the importance of reviewing your estate plan, such that nothing is left to chance; personal items that must be taken care (pets, records of accounts, funeral/cremation, sale or gifting of personal possessions upon death, etc.), who is in charge of your affairs if you aren't able; how to deal with difficult assets such as timeshares and unimproved property, and more.

This non-commercial, educational presentation is free and open to the public. RSVPs appreciated to Debbie Stewart at Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747.

Insurance alternatives info

The Senior Connection invites seniors and family caregivers to attend the free educational presentation, "Long-Term Care Insurance Alternatives" from 12-1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Prescott Valley Christian Church, 7655 E. Long Look.

Eugene Zilliox, Trilogy Financial Services, will provide information relating to traditional long-term care insurance, and explain possible alternatives including life insurance with a chronic illness rider or long-term care benefits, as well as variable annuities with a long term care rider.

This non-commercial presentation is open to the public. RSVPs appreciated to Debbie@SeniorConnection.us or (928) 778-3747.

Middle school girls can attend free workshop Feb. 8

Choices & Boundaries, a free workshop for girls grade 6-8, takes place from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Canyon View Prep School, 9030 E. Florentine Road, Prescott Valley.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and lunch and snack are provided. A signed parental consent is required for attendance. The workshop is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Prescott Valley. For more information, call (928) 899-1231.

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