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4th of July firework bans and restrictions to know


Fireworks are illegal in most of Spokane County. Here are the rules you need to keep ...
WSP has provided this graphic to illustrate what fireworks are legal and illegal: http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fir e/docs/fireworks/firework s_stand_list_legal_and_il legal.pdf ...

Donald Trump: Citizen Vain


"The Donald" wore so much bronzer at his speech that I wasn't sure if he was announcing his run for President of the United States or of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP. In an outreach to the Thespian community, Trump paid actors to be in the ...

Artisan producers are turning Spokane into a wine destination


EVEN THOUGH SPOKANE is Washington’s second-largest city, it has lagged behind in developing as a wine region. While such wineries as Arbor Crest and Latah Creek have been around for more than three decades, a few other producers have come and mostly gone ...

Famous Birthdays Today, July 3: Tom Cruise, Matty Mullins, Nathalia Ramos, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Sebastian Vettel, Thomas Gibson


You have to think about that, because it’s endurance. Tom Cruise And today is also the birthday of Matty Mullins, American rock musician born in Spokane, Washington. Happy birthday, Matty Mullins! More famous birthdays today, July 3: Nathalia Ramos ...

Obituary: Peck, Donald Louis


PECK, Donald Louis A life well lived. Don Peck was born on December 16, 1944 in Ellensburg, WA to Louis and Lillian Peck and passed away on July 1, 2015 in Spokane, WA. Don will be remembered as a man of faith who thought of others before himself and ...

71-Year-Old Finishes 100-Mile Ultramarathon Just 6 Seconds Before Cutoff


Gunhild Swanson of Spokane Valley, Washington just barely completed the grueling race with just six seconds to spare before the clocks shut off. The two-day race, which spans many mountainous trails, has a 30-hour completion time limit and Swanson was the ...

Migrant worker killed by Washington state police fought, threw rocks and dared cops 'shoot me,' witnesses say


SPOKANE, Wash. — Two witnesses said an unarmed Mexican immigrant fatally shot by police in Washington state fought with an officer, threw rocks and told officers to shoot him before they opened fire, documents released Wednesday show. Witness Miguel ...

Spokane Computer Repair and Services Company Still Helping Local Customers After 40 Years


2805 Market Street was designed to accommodate our growing demand for expert printer, network and computer service. Spokane, WA July 01, 2015 Local Spokane family owned computer repair and networking business has been serving the Inland Northwest area for ...

Spokane Hoopfest draws thousands


SPOKANE, WA - Two weekends ago Lewiston held its annual 'Heat in the Street 3-on-3 Basketball' Tournament. But literally nothing can be compared to what took place this weekend in Spokane. The Spokane Hoopfest, held in downtown Spokane, is the largest 3-on ...

Spokane Hoopfest 2015: Dates, Brackets and Event Info


This weekend in Washington, teams across several divisions will compete for some of the top amateur titles at Spokane Hoopfest. The event is billed on its official site as the "biggest three-on-three street basketball tournament on the planet." More than ...

Fuel Injector Cleaning At Tire Rama North Factor In Spokane


Something we listen to rather frequently from Omaha drivers is that their gas mileage is down and also their SUV merely doesn’t have the pep it utilized to. When that occurs, one of things we try to f…

Celebrate Independence All Weekend Long at Riverfront Park, or Enjoy Fireworks over the Water in Coeur d’Alene


Fireworks over Lake Coeur d’Alene. Spokane and Coeur d’Alene both have great fireworks shows, as well as other fun family events, this weekend. Downtown Spokane’s Riverfront Park 4th of July Weekend …
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Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day in SPOKANE WASHINGTON

The U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) today released a new Quarterly Report detailing how the program continues to help small businesses grow and create jobs. Since the beginning of the program, the Treasury Department has disbursed more than $1.1 billion to participating states.

The Internal Revenue Service is partnering with community-based organizations across the country to promote Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, an effort to alert millions of low and moderate-income workers who may be missing out on a significant tax credit that can be as much as $6,000.

Millions of workers who earned $52,427 or less last year may qualify for EITC for the first time in 2015, making awareness of the credit critical. About a third of the people eligible for EITC fluctuate each year based on changes to their marital, parental and financial status. All across the United States, local officials and community organizations are holding events highlighting this key benefit.

“About four out of five eligible workers and families get the credit they earned. That leaves millions missing EITC every year,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “It’s an important credit and one of the government’s best tools to fight poverty.”

Last year, almost 28 million eligible workers and families received $66 billion total in EITC, with an average EITC amount of $2,400.

The IRS website is a valuable first stop to help taxpayers get it right this filing season, from information on claiming the EITC, to learning about the Affordable Care Act (known as the health care law), to finding free tax help. The IRS encourages everyone to use the EITC Assistant on IRS.gov/eitc, an interactive tool to find out if they are eligible for the credit. The IRS website also provides helpful information on the health care law and how it may affect tax returns at IRS.gov/aca. There is also an interactive tool that helps individuals determine if they are eligible for the premium tax credit. And qualified taxpayers may also find a free tax return preparation site on IRS.gov/vita.

The amount of EITC varies depending on income, family size and filing status. Those who work for someone else or those who run a business or farm and who earned $52,427 or less during 2014 could receive larger refunds if they qualify for the EITC. This could mean up to $496 in EITC for people without children, and a maximum credit of up to $6,143 for those with three or more qualifying children.

The EITC is refundable. This means those eligible may get a refund from the IRS even if they owe no tax or had no taxes withheld from their paycheck.

Workers potentially eligible to claim the credit should visit IRS.gov/eitc to learn if they qualify, how to claim the credit and more. The EITC Assistant will also determine their filing status, if they have a qualifying child or children and estimate the amount of the EITC they could get. If an individual doesn’t qualify for EITC, the Assistant explains why and a summary of the results can be printed.

Get the Credit — How to Claim the EITC

To get the EITC, workers must file a tax return, even if they are not legally required to file, and specifically claim the credit. Free tax help is available to those eligible for the EITC:

The Internal Revenue Service is partnering with community-based organizations across the country to promote Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, an effort to alert millions of low and moderate-income workers who may be missing out on a significant tax credit that can be as much as $6,000.

Millions of workers who earned $52,427 or less last year may qualify for EITC for the first time in 2015, making awareness of the credit critical. About a third of the people eligible for EITC fluctuate each year based on changes to their marital, parental and financial status. All across the United States, local officials and community organizations are holding events highlighting this key benefit.

“About four out of five eligible workers and families get the credit they earned. That leaves millions missing EITC every year,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “It’s an important credit and one of the government’s best tools to fight poverty.”

Last year, almost 28 million eligible workers and families received $66 billion total in EITC, with an average EITC amount of $2,400.

The IRS website is a valuable first stop to help taxpayers get it right this filing season, from information on claiming the EITC, to learning about the Affordable Care Act (known as the health care law), to finding free tax help. The IRS encourages everyone to use the EITC Assistant on IRS.gov/eitc, an interactive tool to find out if they are eligible for the credit. The IRS website also provides helpful information on the health care law and how it may affect tax returns at IRS.gov/aca. There is also an interactive tool that helps individuals determine if they are eligible for the premium tax credit. And qualified taxpayers may also find a free tax return preparation site on IRS.gov/vita.

The amount of EITC varies depending on income, family size and filing status. Those who work for someone else or those who run a business or farm and who earned $52,427 or less during 2014 could receive larger refunds if they qualify for the EITC. This could mean up to $496 in EITC for people without children, and a maximum credit of up to $6,143 for those with three or more qualifying children.

The EITC is refundable. This means those eligible may get a refund from the IRS even if they owe no tax or had no taxes withheld from their paycheck.

Workers potentially eligible to claim the credit should visit IRS.gov/eitc to learn if they qualify, how to claim the credit and more. The EITC Assistant will also determine their filing status, if they have a qualifying child or children and estimate the amount of the EITC they could get. If an individual doesn’t qualify for EITC, the Assistant explains why and a summary of the results can be printed.

Get the Credit — How to Claim the EITC

To get the EITC, workers must file a tax return, even if they are not legally required to file, and specifically claim the credit. Free tax help is available to those eligible for the EITC:

  • Free File on IRS.gov. Free brand-name tax software walks people through a question and answer format to help them prepare their returns and claim every credit and deduction for which they are eligible. Free File also provides online versions of IRS paper forms, an option called Free File Fillable Forms which is best suited for taxpayers comfortable preparing their own returns.

  • Free tax preparation sites. EITC-eligible workers can seek free tax preparation at thousands of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sites. Taxpayers can locate the nearest site using a search tool on IRS.gov or through the IRS2go smartphone application.

    It is important for taxpayers to bring along all the required documents and information to make sure they get the EITC they deserve. Also, those who bought coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace should receive Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, from their Marketplace in early February. It’s important to also bring the Form 1095-A to the volunteer site. Any taxpayer who does not receive it by early February should contact their Marketplace, not the IRS. The IRS will not have access to the information on the form.

Like last year, the IRS expects to issue more than nine out of 10 refunds within 21 days. The IRS reminds taxpayers that the fastest way to get a refund is to e-file their tax return and choose direct deposit. It takes longer to process paper returns. Because of budget cuts resulting in a smaller staff, it will likely take an additional week or more to process paper returns, meaning that those refunds are expected to be issued in seven weeks or more. Taxpayers can track the status of their refund with the “Where’s My Refund?” tool available on IRS.gov or on IRS2go.

Similar Benefits Available Through the Health Care Law

The Affordable Care Act requires that a taxpayer and each member of his or her family have qualifying health insurance coverage for each month of the year, qualify for an exemption from the coverage requirement, or make an individual shared responsibility payment when filing a federal income tax return.

Premium Tax Credits: If taxpayers bought coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, they should receive Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement from their Marketplace by early February. They should save this form because it has important information needed to complete their tax returns. 

If a taxpayer is expecting to receive Form 1095-A and has not received it by early February, they should contact the Marketplace where the coverage was purchased. Due to the fact that the IRS does not have this information, it is recommended that taxpayers contact the appropriate marketplace.

Anyone who benefited from advance payments of the premium tax credit must file a federal income tax return. The taxpayer will need to reconcile those advance payments with the amount of premium tax credit they’re entitled to based on actual income. As a result, some people may see a smaller or larger tax refund or tax liability than they were expecting. When filing their return, taxpayers will use IRS Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit (PTC), to calculate the premium tax credit and reconcile the credit with any advance payments.

Reporting requirements: Most taxpayers will simply check a box on their tax return to indicate that each member of their family had qualifying health coverage for the whole year. No further action is required. Qualifying health insurance coverage includes coverage under most, but not all, types of health care coverage plans. Taxpayers can use the chart on IRS.gov/aca to find out if their insurance counts as qualifying coverage.  

Exemptions: A taxpayer may be eligible to claim an exemption from the requirement to have coverage. If eligible for an exemption, the taxpayer will need to complete the new IRS Form 8965, Health Coverage Exemptions and attach it to their return. The individual must apply for some exemptions through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  However, most of the exemptions are easily obtained from the IRS when filing a tax return.  

Individual Shared Responsibility Payment: If an individual does not have qualifying coverage or an exemption for each month of the year, they will need to make an individual shared responsibility payment when filing their return for choosing not to purchase coverage. Examples and information about figuring the payment are available on the IRS Calculating the Payment page. More information about the Affordable Care Act and the 2014 income tax return is available at IRS.gov/aca.

Get It Right

Taxpayers are responsible for the accuracy of their tax return even if someone else preparers it for them. The rules for EITC are complicated. The IRS urges taxpayers to seek help if they are unsure of their eligibility, whether from a paid tax professional or at a free tax return preparation site. Deliberate errors can have lasting impact on future eligibility to claim EITC and leave taxpayers with a penalty.

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The Guardian and a warning to SPOKANE WASHINGTON: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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Health Insurance Market in SPOKANE WASHINGTON

From January 2014 is effective Health Insurance Market , which is designed to help you find the insurance that best suits your budget and needs of health coverage suits. Each health plan included in the new market will provide comprehensive coverage: doctor visits, medicines, hospital services, preventive services and more. It will also be possible to compare all the health insurance options based on price, benefits and other features that may be important to you.

Who is eligible to use the Health Insurance Market?

Anyone can use the Health Insurance Market to explore their options for health coverage, even if you have insurance.

The following are the only requirements to obtain insurance through this new market:

Live in America

-become naturalized US citizen or native, or lawful permanent resident

-not be in jail

Learn more about who may register in the Health Insurance Market.

Each state will have its own insurance market. Some states already provide information on the Health Insurance Market. See if it is the case in your state .

Learn about the 10 essential health benefits plans offered all Market.

Registration Process in Medical Insurance Market

From October 2013 you can get information about all the plans available in your area. You can also register directly online or by phone toll-free hotline to be appointed for this service.

If you have difficulty finding a plan that fits your needs and budget, there will be people available to help you explore your options for coverage. The help you receive from these people is completely unbiased. These wizards are not related to any particular plan or receive any commission (compensation) in relation to health plans available.

Learn more about how to prepare for the registration process .

Free or low-cost care

If you do not have or can not afford health insurance, there are options for you to receive free or low-cost care. Learn about the resources available to meet the health care options you need.

Options private health insurance with low premiums

Medicaid and Medicare

Community Health Centers

Know where to receive care if you have no health insurance

Free health insurance or affordable for children

The Health Insurance Program for children provides low-cost health coverage for children of families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid coverage and who can not afford health insurance revenue Private. The CHIP program is a state and federal partnership that works in conjunction with Medicaid.

Each state operates a CHIP, but most states have unique names for their programs as Child Health Plus (New York), Healthy Families (California) and Hoosier Healthwise (Indiana). In several states, the CHIP and Medicaid are combined into one program.

What you need to know about CHIP:

Basic requirements for eligibility for CHIP : children up to age 19 in families with incomes up to $ 44.100 per year (for a family of four) are likely to receive coverage. In many states children from families with higher incomes may also be eligible.

Eligibility and Pregnancy : Pregnant women may be eligible for CHIP. Coverage for Moms generally includes laboratory tests and costs of labor and at least 60 days post-partum care.

States citizenship and immigration : the CHIP covers US citizens and certain legal immigrants. States have the option to cover children and pregnant women residing legally in EE. UU. The undocumented immigrants are not eligible for CHIP.

For information about health coverage programs Medicaid and CHIP in your state, visit the programs in your state , or call 1-877-543-7669.

It charges: health coverage option if you lost your job

If you do not already have medical coverage that gave your employer may have the option of keeping it through the program "continuation coverage", better known as COBRA.

This program allows you and your family to maintain health insurance he received while employed for a limited time after it stopped working time. When your employer stops paying COBRA is likely that you need to pay the full cost of the monthly premium.

What you need to know about COBRA coverage:

-Overall COBRA requirements apply only to employers with 20 or more employees. Many states have laws similar to COBRA that apply to employers with fewer than 20 employees. Contact the Department of Insurance in your state (in English) to find out if the "continuation coverage by the state" applies to your case.

-If your family was under the employer coverage, this coverage may also be eligible for COBRA.

-In most cases you should receive a notice of benefits administrator or health plan from your employer stating that your coverage is ending and offering the right to COBRA.

-In most cases you have 60 days after your last day of coverage to enroll in COBRA.

-Generally the program lasts 18 months but could last up to 36 months.

For more information about call COBRA benefits administrator of your employer and learn about their specific through this program options.

-If the coverage of your health plan was through a private employer (not a government employer), you can visit the website of the Department of Labor or call 1-866-444-3272.

-If the coverage of your health plan was through an employer state or local government, you can call 1-877-267-2323, extension 61565.

-If the coverage of your health plan had as an employee of the federal government, you can visit the website of the Office of Personnel Management (in English). [11]










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