Have You Filed your Taxes Yet? You may have longer AND more options than you thought.

Filing Taxes Online - Flickr

Filing Taxes Online – Flickr

Did you know that Taxes are to be filed for 2015 tax year by Monday, April 18th, rather than the traditional April 15th. Here is the reason:

Emancipation Day is an official public holiday in the District of Columbia. It usually falls on April 16, but when April 16 is a Saturday – which it is in 2016 – then Emancipation Day moves to the previous day (Friday). (Source: IRS.gov )

TheFiscalTimes.com lists ’10 Important Tax Dates for 2016′. 


 

It used to be that you had two options – use a tax preparer OR use tax software. Before that you either used a tax preparer OR you wrote down your taxes on forms you picked up from the library or post office.

Now you have all kinds of options! You can still use a tax preparer (a CPA, an accountant, H&R Block, Jackson Hewett, Liberty Tax Service, etc.) OR you can…

I’ve used H&R Block Tax preparation service and have been pleased with the service. For one thing, it helps to have someone working with you rather than you feel all alone in the process. The price for a service can be steep though.

I’ve also used both online and software versions (mostly TurboTax). Each year they seem to get better and better and easier and easier. I’ve actually used the software the same year that I’ve used a service and the results of both were very similar.

I have not used APPS and probably won’t but if someone has very easy taxes, it might work out great.


 

Security, of course, is an issue with any of the choices but what are you going to do. It seems to me the risk is about the same with all the choices, although the risk in each is different.


 

Good luck on those taxes! YOU CAN DO IT!

For Lifelong Learning, technology is great but ‘place-based learning’ is preferred

Pew Research Center reports that…

A large majority of Americans seek extra knowledge for personal and work-related reasons. Digital technology plays a notable role in these knowledge pursuits, but place-based learning remains vital to many and differences in education and income are a hallmark of people’s learning activities

The article goes on to say that although the Internet is a very important tool for lifelong learning that…

For the most part, these learning activities occur in traditional places – at home, work, conferences or community institutions such as government agencies or libraries. The internet is also an important tool for many adults in the process of lifelong learning.

In their summary of the Pew Center findings, a NPR article says…

For the 74 percent of adults who identified as personal learners, only a third turned to the Internet for most or all of their learning.


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New Online Map showing NYC Historical Landmarks

ResearchBuzz.me is absolutely the best source of interesting information! I can’t wait to read what Tara Calishain shares each day. Sign up for their email alerts and/or follow them on Twitter 

Here is a great one just posted…

“All of New York City’s historical landmarks (article about it >) are now available on one big map. “There are tens of thousands of officially-designated landmarks in New York City, and today, the Landmarks Preservation Commission launched a fun new tool that lets you explore all of those protected sites.”

Here is a link to the map itself . It is searchable by address.

Enjoy!

Here is an example of an ENLARGED section. Click on a dot or pin for information. (the actual will have clear text)

NYC Landmark Map - 'Statue of Liberty'

Monitor Election Buzz w/ AP news,Twitter & Google

Election Buzz from AP news, Google and Twitter

This 2016 Presidential Election season will undoubtedly go down in history. Are you interested in the ‘buzz’ of what people are saying?

ResearchBuzz.com introduced a way to monitor it – “Twitter, Google, and the AP are teaming up to launch a tool to monitor election buzz….You can drill down to view the past 24 hours, the past week, the past month, or everything since August 1, 2015, to see how major events like debates, caucuses, and endorsements have changed public interest in the election. Meanwhile, the tool shows the top election issues being searched on Google and discussed on Twitter over the past 24 hours.”  (Source: ResearchBuzz)

Buzz –

http://elections.ap.org/buzz

Article about it –

http://www.wired.com/2016/03/twitter-google-ap-launch-tool-monitor-election-buzz/