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10 NeWS The Sioux-County Index Reporter Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Explore idea of going back to school at NCC Have you experienced a recent lay-off'? Are you worried about the future? Have you lost your job? Is your employment uncertain? Is a career change right for you? Then plan to attend Northwest Iowa Community College's free "Try on a New Pair of Shoes" event by exploring the possibilities of a new career. On Thursday, March 5, from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. come to NCC's campus to explore the pos- sibility of going back to school! The event is free and specifically designed for adults to explore different career options. Attendees may come and go at their leisure. The day is designed for adults who may be thinking of a career change to come and explore labs, talk to instructors, or experiment with different pieces of training equipment. From healthcare to accounting, NCC instruc- tors will be there to answer questions and demonstrate equipment. NCC staff members will answer questions about financial aid, registration, and available resources. Call 800-352-4907 or e-mail studentsser- vices@ for more information! Livestock Emissions Reporting Workshops EPA requires all livestock producers with 1000 animal units or more to report hydrogen sulfide and ammonia emissions from their operation. The first step is to call the State Emergency Response Commission and the local Emergency Management Committee. After calling, the pro- ducer has 30 days to submit the continuous release form to these two agencies. ISU Extension is offering four hands-on workshops to help producers complete the paperwork. The workshops will be: Feb. 16, 10 a.m., Sioux County Extension Office, OrangeCity (712-737- 4230); Feb. 16, 2 p.m., Cherokee County Extension Office, Cherokee; Feb. 18, 10 a.m., Clay County Extension Office, Spencer; and Feb. 19, 10 a.m., Sac County Extension Office in Sac City. There is no registration fee, but please call the Extension Office hosting the workshop you plan to attend. Tips to avoid recovery rebate credit confusion In response to errors show- ing up on early tax filings, the Internal Revenue Service is urging taxpayers and tax pre- parers to make sure they prop- erly determine eligibility for the recovery rebate credit before they file their 2008 fed- eral tax returns. Some individuals who did not get the economic stimulus payment, and a smaller number of those who did, may be eligi- ble for the recovery rebate credit. However, most taxpay- ers who received the economic stimulus payment last year will not qualify for the recovery rebate credit on their 2008 fed- eral income tax return. An early sampling of tax returns shows about 15 percent have errors involving the recovery rebate credit. Some tax returns erroneously claim the .credit, do not claim the proper amount of recovery rebate credit or mistakenly enter the amount of the stimu- lus payment they received on the recovery rebate credit line. "To avoid delays in tax refunds, it is critical that tax- payers know the correct amount of the stimulus pay- ment they received last year, if any, to help determine whether they qualify for the recovery rebate credit now," said IRS spokesperson, Christopher Miller. The amount of the stimulus payment will not be entered directly on the tax retum. For people using a paper tax return, the stimulus payment amount will be required when complet- ing a related worksheet. For people using tax software, the stimulus payment amount will be needed as part of the return preparation process. How to get the recovery rebate credit right The IRS sent taxpayers nearly 119 million stimulus payments last year. There are three ways individuals can find out how much they received: Check the amount listed on Notice 1378, which the IRS mailed last year to individuals who received the economic stimulus payment. Go to the "How Much Was My Stimulus Payment?" ( cle/0,,id= 185471,00.html) tool that is available on the IRS web site, This can provide the correct amount in a matter of a few seconds. Individuals can call the IRS, 1-866-234-2942. After a brief recorded announcement they can select option 1 to find out the amount of their eco- nomic stimulus payment. They will need to provide their filing status, Social Security Number and number of exemptions. With the amount of last year's economic stimulus pay- ment in hand, the taxpayer can then enter the figure on the recovery rebate credit work- sheet or in the appropriate loca- tion when tax preparation soft- ware requests it. If the taxpayer or preparer is using tax software, the amount of the rebate recovery credit will automatically be cal- culated and reported properly. If the taxpayer is using the paper method, the rebate recov- ery credit, as determined through the worksheet, should be reported on Line 70 of Form 1040, Line 42 of Form 1040A or Line 9 of Form 1040EZ. For most taxpayers, the cor- rect entry for the recovery rebate credit will either be blank or zero. If there is any question at all as to the amount that should be reported for the recovery rebate credit, the taxpayer or preparer should enter a zero on the appropriate line above, and the IRS will determine whether a recovery rebate credit is due, and, if so, how much. Some of the major factors that could qualify you for the recovery rebate credit include: Your financial situation changed dramatically from 2007 to 2008. You did not file a 2007 tax return. Your family gained an additional qualifying child in 2008. You were claimed as a dependent on someone elses return in 2007 but cannot be claimed as dependent by some- one else in 2008 Stimulus payments not taxable; reports of extensive refund delays false The IRS has received a IttOCOtR00 THE CURE FOR EVERY CHOCOLATE CRAVIi Susan De Jongh-Vanden Hoek: LPN, LMT,, N!i! i Heather Hodgson: LMT,, NCTMB ::  :" ::! i:::,   Certificates Available number of recurring questions involving stimulus payments and the recovery rebate credit. Here are some important tips to keep in mind: Taxability. The economic stimulus payment is not taxable and it should not be reported as income on the 2008 Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. Refund delays. IRS per- sonnel are aware of reports that errors in claiming the recovery rebate credit could delay tax refunds for as much as eight to 12 weeks. These reports are false. As the IRS detects and corrects retum errors concem- ing the recovery rebate credit, refund delays are currently no longer than about one week. One payment. In addition, the IRS notes taxpayers will receive a single refund that includes any recovery rebate credit to which they are enti- tled. The IRS will not be issu- ing separate recovery rebate credit payments. Refund amounts. The IRS reminds taxpayers they should not use their regular refund from last year in calculating the recovery rebate credit. Some taxpayers may be confusing their regular tax refunds with the economic stimulus payment they received when completing their 2008 tax retum. Direct deposit requests. Taxpayers who request a direct deposit will receive the refund in the form of a direct deposit even if errors are detected. For more information, visit the Recovery Rebate Credit Information Center ( cle/0,,id=186065,00.html) as well as the rebate questions and answers ( room/article/0,,id=201641,00.h tml) on Equal rights for ears. i C.iormctmfi hearing loss is as eaf, as correcting your vision For a free "Grade to Better Hearing" and other help, call or visit our website. 1-800-EARWELL BETTER HEARING  INSTITUTE [ zdvo&:tls h)rA/ncrica. ears. Feb. 24 dairy steer meeting discusses nutrition, budgeting Dairy steer producers face similar challenges - feed costs and market prices - as beef steer producers. But, there are unique aspects of raising dairy steers. These opportunities and chal- lenges are the focus of a Dairy Steer Meeting on Feb. 24 at the Downtown Orange City Area Health System 'Basement Meeting Room. The meeting, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will focus on four topics. Beth Doran, ISU Extension Beef Field Specialist, will dis- cuss nutrition and management for dairy steers. "Feeding pro- grams for dairy steers have changed as corn co-products have emerged. Many rations today utilize these newer feed- stuffs," states Doran. What does it cost to raise dairy beef?. R.on Hook, ISU Extension Farm Management Field Specialist, will visit about budgets for Holstein market steers and for backgrounding Holstein feeder cattle. "With the buy-sell margin for beef cattle now, feedlot producers are won- dering about feeding dairy steers," commented Ron. "But, carcass characteristics and packer expectations are dif- Xerent for dairy steers," remarked Doran. She will dis- cuss these differences and avail- able marketing protocols for dairy steers. Although marketing dairy steers can be challenging, Ron Hook will visit about risk man- agement tools and strategies that are available to dairy steer pro- ducers who handle both Holstein steers and Holstein feeder cattle. The Dairy Steer Meeting is sponsored by ISU Extension, the Iowa Beef Center and the USDA Risk Management Agency. Registration ($20/per- son) is requested by February .'b J 19. For a flyer or more details, ;;5 contact Beth Doran (712-737-i:;il 4230 or e-mail doranb@ias-.:! or visit the Iowa Beef :, Center website at ' The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa ' State University in Ames, Iowa, ,: was established in 1996 with the ' goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state's beef , cattle industry. It serves as the :i university's extension program to cattle producers and is com- prised of faculty and staff from I ISU Extension and the colleges ' of agriculture and life sciences : :, and veterinary medicine. Together, the Iowa Beef Center's members work to , develop and deliver the latest in  . researchbased  ,, information regarding the i" beef cattle industry. For more ii information about the Iowa Beef Center, visit www.iowabeef- 17 Foster Grandparent information available Forster Grandparents are out helping others by listening to children in classrooms, providing one-to-one support and mak- ing friends of all ages. The Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors age 60 and older opportunities to serve as mentors, tutors and loving care- givers for children. Currently, there are over 85 Foster Grandparents placed in 35 different sites in Lyon, O'Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Dickinson counties. These Foster Grandparents volunteer in their area schools, Head Start and day care centers. Foster Grandparents assist with reading, writing, math, special activi- ties and, primarily, being a role model to children. Anyone 60 or over who is interested in volunteering in their own community should attend a one-day informational meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, Sheldon Middle School from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Attendees will be introduced to some of the volunteers and lunch will be provided. Foster Grandparents, who volunteer an average of 20 hours per week, may receive a financial reimbursement for volunteer time, transportation and meals. In addition, the program gives seniors who may not otherwise have "a reason to get up in the morning" the opportunity to continue to be active in their com- munity. For more information, call the Foster Grandparent office, 712-476-2628. Christian poetry contest A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a special poetry contest sponsored by Christian Poets Guild, free to everyone. There are 50 prizes in all totaling $5,000.00. To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 7308 Heritage Dr., Mt. Vernon, IN 47620. Or enter online at www.freecon- The deadline for entering is Feb. 28, 2009. Poems may be written on any subject, using any style. "A typical poem," says Contest Director Dr. James Hunter, "Might be a love poem, or nature poem, one that inspires the reader." Be sure your name and address appear on the page with your poem. If you wish a Winner's list, please enclose a stamped return envelope. Improving the Human Condition. Sanford Clinic Boyden is open. Wednesday and Friday ..... from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Sara Zoelle, M.D. Rosie Mulder, P.A. Sanford Boyden , ! % ,% L' I -% i* r To schedule an appointment with Dr. Zoelle or Rosie Mulder at Sanford Clinic Boyden, call (712) 725-6800.