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VideoMissing: Male Boxer, since evening of Jan. 4, Hwy. 97 West, rear of Promised Land Creamery, $500 REWARD. Call 830-391-2240 with information.
Found: Basset Hound, Hwy. 97 W./Hospital Blvd., Floresville. Call 830-391-2153 between 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Lost: Female German Shepherd, about 2 years old, pink collar, lost from Hickory Hill/Great Oaks Subdivisions off FM 539, La Vernia, on Thurs., Feb. 4. Reward! 830-947-3465.
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Help Wanted

Immanuel Lutheran Church is now hiring for a Youth and Family Ministry Director. Pastoral: Minister to youth and their families during Sunday School and other church programs, being present in their lives outside the church walls, available for common concerns and in crisis situations. Leadership: Recruit and nurture Youth and Family Ministry program. Administration : Manage the planning process and coordinate with Pastor and Youth Committee all regular ministries to youth and their families. This includes youth of all ages on Sunday mornings and mid-week events; assisting with Confirmation, special events, trips and retreats, and parent meetings. Stewardship: Ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of youth programs, manage youth ministry budget, and collaborate with the sponsors of each Youth group. Ability to build, lead, and empower youth. Ability to implement a ministry vision. Familiarity with Lutheran Doctrine required; must be comfortable teaching it and representing Lutheran Theology. Proficient computer skills using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database, email, internet, and social media. Supervisory experience preferred. Ability to adapt and evaluate curriculum preferred. Must have excellent organization, communication (verbal and written), and listening skills, with a high degree of initiative and accountability. Exceptional interpersonal and relational skills required, with sensitivity to church members and visitors. Understanding and enjoyment of youth and families and guiding their spiritual development. Please send resumes to immanuellavernia@gmail.com or call 830-253-8121.
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Beware of tax preparer fraud this tax season




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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Tax filing season opens tomorrow, Jan. 30, therefore, Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of a growing crime known as tax preparer fraud.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, tax preparer fraud occurs when a preparer “alters return information without their clients’ knowledge or consent in an attempt to obtain improperly inflated refunds or to divert refunds for their personal benefit.” The taxpayer is usually unaware of the preparer’s actions but is left liable for the discrepancies.

In response to the prevalence of return preparer fraud, here are some of the specific schemes the IRS is warning about:
Internet solicitations that direct taxpayers to toll-free numbers and then solicit Social Security numbers.
Homemade flyers and brochures implying credits or refunds are available without proof of eligibility.
Offers of free money with no documentation required.
Promises of refunds for “Low Income -- No Documents Tax Returns.”
To find a trustworthy professional to help prepare your taxes, BBB offers these tips:
Get references and do your research. Get referrals from friends and family on who they use and check out the company at bbb.org to see its BBB Business Review.

Look for credentials. Seek a tax pro who is an enrolled agent, certified public accountant or a tax attorney. These preparers have completed extensive examinations on tax matters and must stay current by meeting continuing professional education requirements. Only CPAs and tax attorneys can represent you in U.S. Tax Court if you are audited.

Get a firm estimate in writing. The cost of preparing your return will vary depending on the complexity of your information.Before you agree to move forward, present all of your information and get a firm estimate in writing.

Don’t fall for the promise of big refunds. Be wary of any tax preparation service promising larger refunds than the competition, and avoid tax preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the refund.

Protect your identity. The IRS has issued several consumer warnings about the fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scamsters trying to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity. The IRS does not initiate taxpayer communications through email. Unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS, or from an IRS-related component such as the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), should be reported to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.
To check the reliability of a company and find trustworthy businesses, visit bbb.org.
 
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