August 30 2012

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

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Jobs for all I know some ways we can improve the employment picture. On TV every day I see cartoon characters involved in all kinds of entertaining activities. Every one of those little cartoonies replaces a human. Out there, for every one of them, some actor didn’t get a job because of a comic book character. Even more wasteful of jobs is the telephone system. I’m talking not just the phone numbers answered by somebody in the Philippines, but also companies with automated answering systems. After you drag their phone numbers and their business hours out of their websites, you get a tinny electronic voice saying, “All of our representatives are busy with other callers. Your call will be answered in the order received.” The wait can be 30 minutes. It can be even longer! They’re wasting our time for a few more bucks of profit! We could cut the unemployment rate if they would just answer their phones!!! (And we wouldn’t feel so grouchy once we finally got a human being on the line.) Marriage #1 Three guys are talking in the bar. Two of them remark about the amount of control they have over their wives while the third guy stays quiet. After a while one of them says to the third, “Well, what about you? What sort of control do you have over your wife?” “Well,” says the third guy, “I’ll tell you. Just the other night my wife came to me on her hands and knees.” The first two were amazed. “Gee, what happened then?” they asked. She said, “GET OUT FROM UNDER THE BED AND FIGHT LIKE A MAN!” Marriage #2 Marty was in his usual place in the morning, sitting at the table reading the paper after breakfast. He came across an article about a beautiful actress who was about to marry a football player known primarily for his dumb comments and lack of common knowledge. He turned to his wife with puzzlement on his face. “I’ll never understand why the biggest jerks get the most attractive wives.” His wife replied, “Why, thank you, dear!” Yup, it’s not for sissies Old age is when you go to the doctor and realize you now have to pay someone to look […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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From a professional improvement viewpoint, it has been a busy summer at Action Tax Service. Continuing education is always the name of the game in the tax business, but this summer was special. Tax professionals Kathy Anderson, Rochel Barnes and Darlene Norden all took a class and passed a competency test created and administered by the Internal Revenue Service. By passing the test, each of them became a Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP). In addition, another Action Tax Service employee, Shelley Parker, went through the lengthy process of reinstating her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. Going into this tax season, we will have one Enrolled Agent (myself), four Registered Tax Return Preparers (myself, Kathy, Rochel, Darlene)and one CPA (Shelley) on staff. A preparer can be licensed in more than one category. I’m both an Enrolled Agent and a Registered Tax Return Preparer. This test-taking, continuing education, and licensing is important because, in the near future, as of January 1, 2014, only RTRPs, EAs, CPAs, and attorneys will be allowed to sign a tax return as a paid preparer. The IRS is making a concerted effort to better monitor and control the tax preparation process. Limiting those who can sign a tax return is one of the best ways to get a handle on both monitoring and controlling that process. I’m extremely proud of these employees. Congratulations to Kathy, Rochel, Darlene and Shelley. Action Tax Service is ready today for that 2014 date. We are all also hoping that the Internal Revenue Service is ready for 2014. The current estimate for the tax gap is $450,000,000,000. The definition of the tax gap is the amount of money collected by the IRS as opposed to the amount of money that taxpayers should be paying if all of the rules and regulations were followed. The IRS is charged with eliminating that figure. There were 141 million individual tax returns filed in the 2010 tax year. There were 1.8 billion informational returns, such as W-2s and 1099s, sent to the IRS. The IRS matched up these informational returns with the tax returns. Unfortunately, they found approximately 20,000,000 discrepancies that resulted in the IRS sending out almost 5 million notices proposing to assess additional tax due. Just as unfortunately, according […]

Students release salmon as end to unique classroom project

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by CINDY M. CRANMER East Rockford Middle School (ERMS) students ended a unique classroom experience with a field trip to the Rogue River and the release of about 30 Chinook salmon smolts into the river. The program, Salmon in the Classroom, was funded by the Grand River Fly Tyers and involved a partnership between the seventh-grade biology classes at ERMS, the Fly Tyers and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE). The Grand River Fly Tyers provided all the aquarium equipment and financial support for the program. Jeff Bryant, a seventh-grade teacher at ERMS, took the training and involved his biology and science students in the program. “The culmination of this science project with the release of the salmon has been great,” Bryant said. “The students selected have been so excited.” Approximately 130 students in five different classes were involved with 25 being randomly selected to attend the field trip to release the salmon smolts in the Rogue River. The DNRE participates in the year-long program by providing the teachers who are involved in the program with training and fertilized salmon eggs from a DNRE fish hatchery. The students hatch the eggs out, feed and raise the small fry in a tank, and then release the three- to four-inch young salmon smolts into the Rogue River. The salmon will eventually make their way to Lake Michigan, where they will live for three to four years before returning to the Rogue River in Rockford to spawn. About 200 Chinook salmon eggs were placed into the tank on November 8, 2011 and about 30 were released into the Rogue River at Richardson-Sowerby Park on May 9, 2012. Losing so many salmon in the first year is not unusual and also teaches the students a lesson about nature and survival. “This was really fun to see them everyday and now to release them,” said Grace Kropiewnicki, seventh-grader. “I was really excited to be selected.” Kropiewnicki said the students may see the salmon again someday, or at least maybe people like her brother who fish in the Rogue River. The Salmon in the Classroom program has been running for several years. It teaches students about everything from the life cycles of salmon to life history of fish to […]

MEMORIAL — Ronald D. Pyne

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                    Forever Remembered Ronald D. Pyne 11/24/38-09/08/2011 “Even after life is gone, In our hearts your love lingers on. Even after you have left our sight, in our thoughts, your light shines bright. Even after you are gone, in our memories you live on.” by Injeta Chesoni Loved and sadly missed, Julie, Scott and Tina, Lisa, Lynette & Jamie, grandchildren and great-grandchildren


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Thursday, August 30 Rockford Rotary Club Meeting—7 to 8 a.m. during the summer at Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch, 220 Northland Drive, Rockford. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Saturday, September 1 “America’s Favorite Farm Market”—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through October 27 in the S. Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring “Pure Michigan”-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Tuesday, September 4  Rockford Rotary Club Meeting—noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Visitors welcome. Free Zumba Class—7 p.m. at Dr. Nylaan’s office, 5011 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, to raise funds for local charities. Open to the public; led by Kate Rehmus of Live Dance Move. Country & Gospel Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, 8540 Shaner Ave., Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. For more information, call Keith at (616) 866-2459. Mended Hearts Meeting—7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St., Grand Rapids, room 8815 on eighth floor. This nonprofit support group—affiliated with American Heart Association—offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers through those who have experienced heart disease. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395. Wednesday, September 5 Business Counseling—Starting a new business or have questions about your existing business? The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) would like to help. SCORE is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is dedicated to helping the small-business community through no-fee mentoring, business counseling and low-cost workshops. A SCORE counselor will be at the Chamber starting at 9 a.m. Please call the Chamber at (616) 866-2000, Mon.–Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to schedule an appointment. Auditions—6 to 9 p.m. at Community Center, 8450 Shaner, Rockford, for “A Ship of Dreams,” a story of the Titanic, with the Rogue River Community Theatre Company. Looking for actors of all ages. For more information, call (616) 874-5264. Thursday, September 6 Rockford Rotary Club Meeting—7 to 8 a.m. during the summer at Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch, 220 Northland Drive, Rockford. For more information, call Mark […]

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