This Week's Facts:
IRS Warns Taxpayers to be Wary of Return ScamsPlease be aware of persons via email or phone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. This could be a tax scam. As the IRS says, “Remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Some recent scams claim that your U.S. refund was not enough and that the IRS owes you more money. For examples of other tax scams, visit the IRS Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts webpage, and see especially Identity and Financial Theft Tax Scams.
For more tips on avoiding these, visit the IRS webpage, Tax Scams – How to Recognize and Avoid Them. You can also report suspected tax fraud activity by sending IRS form 3949-A, Information Referral, to the Internal Revenue Service. Report Identity and Financial Theft Tax Fraud to the Treasury General for Tax Administration or 1-800-366-4484.
Friday Facts Editorial Team:
this is the last day, it is not too late to celebrate Air
Quality Awareness Week. Running from April 27 to May 1, the Week
is designed to promote behavior that encourages clean air. The
Environmental Protection Agency
has a great site that focuses on a new topic each day of the
week. Previous days are also available for viewing. Topics
include causes of air pollution, the dangers of air pollution
and what you can do to help alleviate it.
have been a lot of questions about the Swine Flu lately: How is
it spread? Where does it come from? Swine Flu is caused by
influenza viruses that normally infect pigs. The virus causing
the current influenza outbreak is not a swine flu virus, but a
combination of human, swine and bird viruses. The flu virus
causing the current outbreak, now called Influenza A
(H1N1)/North America/Human, has adapted itself to be transmitted
from person-to-person. Swine in the United States have not been
and are not infected with this virus. Symptoms are similar to
normal influenza symptoms: cough, fever, sore throat, and muscle
aches. Others have reported runny noses, diarrhea, and vomiting.
If you have these symptoms, the CDC recommends that you contact
your health care provider. The CDC provides a good set of
guidelines for preventing the spread of flu
– or any other illness. Health care experts suggest that you
stay home if you are sick, wash your hands frequently, and cover
your nose and mouth when you cough and/or sneeze.
According to a March press release, the National Council on Disability (NCD) is recommending the creation of more federal job opportunities for people with disabilities. While the NCD acknowledges that strides have been made with laws, regulations and policies, there are still many barriers preventing the hiring of those with disabilities. The ten recommendations are aimed at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Congress and even individuals. The NCD claims that existing laws need to be better; however, people with disabilities need to take advantage of current opportunities from the Federal Government. The paper, Federal Employment of People with Disabilities, is available for viewing. People with disabilities interested in federal employment can check out the OPM website on the topic. It has information on laws related to employment as well as tips and advice on how to obtain a position.