The Internal Revenue Service is urging Kentucky tax preparers to not procrastinate and take a competency test now.
The IRS is encouraging the over 4,000 state tax return preparers who have yet to schedule their competency test to register as soon as possible, otherwise it will be difficult for them to find a date, time or location to take the test as next year’s exam deadline approaches.
It’s estimated that 60 percent of taxpayers across the nation use a tax preparer and this test is just one phase of a multi-year effort by the IRS to increase oversight of the tax professional industry.
Under the new rules, all professional tax return preparers must register with the IRS, obtain a preparer tax identification number and abide to ethical standards.
There are over 8,600 Kentucky preparers who have obtained a preparer tax identification number from the IRS.
Beginning in January 1st, 2014, only registered tax return preparers, enrolled agents, CPAs and attorneys will be authorized to prepare and sign individual tax returns.
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is encouraging families to treat their little ghost and goblins this Halloween by visiting a local orchard or pumpkin farm.
Commissioner Comer says families who go to a pumpkin farm will find a perfect pumpkin, but in the process they help the farm family earn a living.
The Comer family recently visited an orchard and took home several farm-fresh pumpkins he says will help spruce up his household for their Halloween celebration.
State Agritourism Director Ben Shaffar also stated that many orchards and u-pick pumpkin patches depend on brisk sales during the Halloween season and most Kentucky farm destinations also offer hayrides, live entertainment, corn mazes, trail rides, wine tastings, and many other activities.
A directory of agritourism destinations are available online at www.kentuckyfarmsarefun.com.
Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division are always training and preparing for combat throughout the year and tomorrow is no exception.
Local soldiers who are enrolled in the Pathfinder course at the Sabalauski Air Assault School will be conducting a low-clearance, low-altitude exercise and will be dropping supplies out of a C-23 Sherpa.
Officials say the exercise is very realistic and will help soldiers prepare for the real deal when they are deployed.
Post officials say the purpose of the course is not only to train soldiers in the Pathfinder course, but those soldiers are required to learn how to deliver supplies to theater under any and all conditions and that knowing how to perform a low-clearance, low-altitude drop is essential to ensuring mission success on the ground.
The exercise is scheduled to take place at the local post tomorrow morning.
Officials with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarksville are counting on area golfers to help their latest cause.
The organization’s annual Golf for Kids’ Sake is scheduled to take place Friday at noon at Swan Lake Golf Course and officials say there are a few teams still looking for a player or two and there are also spots available for full teams.
The cost is $75 per golfer or $300 per team and lunch will be provided.
Money raised during the annual golf fundraiser will help the organization support its mentoring programs.
For more information about Golf for Kids’ Sake contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarksville at 931-647-1418.
A local organization that provides a safe place to stay for victims of domestic violence will receive the new Toyota Sienna van it won this summer in a ceremony later this month.
Sanctuary Incorporated Executive Director Marian Brown will be at Toyota of Hopkinsville October 30th to receive the vehicle it won after getting a majority of the votes in a national Facebook contest held by Toyota in July.
Ms. Brown and Toyota of Hopkinsville General Manager Charlie Ramsey appeared on the Early Bird Show, where Ms. Brown talked about what the van will be used for.
Toyota of Hopkinsville is holding a “fill the van” campaign until that day in hopes of gathering items needed by Sanctuary. Ms. Brown said just about any type of toiletries are needed in addition to gas cards.
Once again, that presentation will be October 30th at 10am at Toyota of Hopkinsville on Fort Campbell Boulevard.