24 The Queens Courier • march 26, 2015 for breaking news visit www.queenscourier.com tax tips Tax Deadline Help: Last-Minute Tax Tips by BARY LISAK The tax-filing deadline is just around the corner. According to the Internal Revenue Service, 20 to 25 percent of all Americans wait until the last two weeks before Tax Day to prepare their taxes. With these tax-filing tips and reminders, s you can get through the process without too much stress. 1. File electronically. IRS e-file is safe, easy and the most common way to file. E-file is now the norm; not the exception. In 2013, nearly 122 million people used e-file to transmit their returns. If you expect a tax refund, you’ll get the money faster when you e-file, because the IRS processes electronic returns faster than paper ones. 2. Check all numbers. Carefully check Social Security numbers for each person listed. This includes you, your spouse, dependents and persons listed in relation to claims for Child and Dependent Care Credit or Earned Income Tax Credit. Missing, incorrect or illegible Social Security numbers can delay or reduce a tax refund. 3. Double-Check Your Figures. If you are filing a paper return, you should double-check that you have correctly figured the refund or balance due. 4. Check the Tax Tables. If you are filing a paper return, double-check that you have used the right figure from the tax table. 5. Contribute to Retirement Accounts: If you haven’t made an IRA (deductible or non-deductible) or Roth IRA contribution for 2014, you have until April 15th. 6. Sign Your Form. You must sign and date your return. Both spouses must sign a joint return, even if only one had income. Anyone paid to prepare a return must also sign it. 7. Mailing Your Return. If you are mailing your return, find the correct IRS center mailing address at www. irs.gov. Be sure to make a copy of the return and save all documentation used to file. 8. Use direct deposit. If you’re expecting a refund, consider using direct deposit. It’s the fastest way to get paid from the IRS, and no chance the check will get lost. Check bank-routing and account numbers, as incorrect numbers can cause a refund to be delayed or deposited into the wrong account. 9. Mailing a Payment. People sending a payment should make the check payable to “United States Treasury” and should enclose it with the tax return or the Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher, if used. 10. Electronic Payments. Electronic payment options are convenient, safe and secure methods for paying taxes. You can authorize an electronic funds withdrawal, or use a credit or a debit card. 11. Can’t Pay the Taxes Due. If you owe taxes but can’t pay the full amount by the deadline, file your tax return on time and pay as much as you can to avoid tax penalties and interest. 12. Extension to File. By the April due date, you should either file a return or request a six-month extension of time to file, IRS Form 4868. Remember, the extension of time is not an extension of time to pay. 13. Don’t leave money on the table. According to the IRS, almost $1 billion is available to thousands of taxpayers for the 2011 tax year. If you didn’t file in 2011 but think you’re subject to a refund, you have only until April 15, 2015 to claim it. The best tip for last-minute tax filers is to make a commitment to get started earlier next year! LJC@loucarino.com Divine influence, admirably, nobly, by inspiration Helping Companies Achieve Their Full Potential INVESTMENT FIRM LOOKING TO invest in businesses Investment group looks to take an equity position in your company. Whether you are a start up, an established business, looking to buy out a partner, or purchase a franchise, we are willing to make an initial investment up to $100,000. 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Queens Courier 1/8 page Request for Proposals for the Installation, Operation and Maintenance of a Bicycle Rental Station at David Dinkins' Circle with the Option to Install, Operate & Maintain an Additional Bicycle Rental Station at Pier One of the World's Fair Marina at Flushing Meadows Corona Park In accordance with Section 1-13 of the Concession Rules of the City of New York, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation ("Parks") intends to issue a non-significant Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the installation, operation and maintenance of a bicycle rental station at David Dinkins’ Circle with the option to install, operate and maintain a bicycle rental station at Pier One, World’s Fair Marina, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens. There will be a recommended site visit on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. We will be meeting at David Dinkins' Circle, at the end of the subway boardwalk leading into Flushing Meadows Corona Park. If you are considering responding to this RFP, please make every effort to attend this recommended site visit. All proposals submitted in response to this RFP must be submitted no later than Friday, April 17th, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Hard copies of the RFP can be obtained, at no cost, commencing on Monday, March 16th, 2015 through Friday, April 17th, 2015, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding weekends and holidays, at the Revenue Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which is located at 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 407, New York, NY 10065. The RFP is also available for download, commencing on Monday, March 16th, 2015 through Friday, April 17th, 2015, on the Parks’ website. To download the RFP, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities, click on the link for “Concessions Opportunities at Parks” and, after logging in, click on the “download” link that appears adjacent to the RFP’s description. 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