Carmel's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel Mon, 13 Jul 2020 06:48:22 -0400 HamletHub.com IRS.gov has answers about filing, paying and July 15 due date https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/politics/4626-irs-gov-has-answers-about-filing-paying-and-july-15-due-date4626-irs-gov-has-answers-about-filing-paying-and-july-15-due-date https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/politics/4626-irs-gov-has-answers-about-filing-paying-and-july-15-due-date4626-irs-gov-has-answers-about-filing-paying-and-july-15-due-date

 As the July due date for filing a tax return draws closer, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers about the many resources available on IRS.gov. Whether on home computers or mobile devices, the number of taxpayers visiting IRS.gov continues to grow year after year.

Easy-to-use tools, available 24 hours a day on the IRS website, have been used more than 1.2 billion times this year.

IRS.gov is home to IRS Free File, "Where's My Refund?", the Tax Withholding Estimator and a host of other convenient applications. Additional help is available in Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, available on IRS.gov. Publication 17 is also available as an eBook.

Taxpayers who have yet to file their tax returns should file electronically now and choose direct deposit if they’re getting a refund. Taxpayers who owe for tax year 2019 can pay anytime up to the July 15 due date.

File electronically for free

Taxpayers whose income was $69,000 or less last year are eligible to use the IRS Free File software to do their taxes. Also, regardless of income, any taxpayer who is comfortable preparing their own taxes can use Free File Fillable Forms. Taxpayers can use these electronic versions of IRS tax forms to complete their taxes and file them online. Free File options are available at IRS.gov/freefile.

Get answers to tax questions

Taxpayers can find answers to many of their questions using the Interactive Tax Assistant. It’s a tax law resource that uses a series of questions and responses to help. IRS.gov also has answers to Frequently Asked Questions on a variety of topics. The IRS website also has tax information in: Spanish (Español)Chinese (中文)Korean (한국어)Russian (Pусский)Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt); and Haitian Creole (Kreyòl ayisyen).

"Where's My Refund?"

Taxpayers can easily find the most up-to-date information about their tax refund using the "Where's My Refund?" tool on IRS.gov and on the IRS mobile app, IRS2Go. Within 24 hours after the IRS acknowledges receipt of an electronically filed return, taxpayers can start checking on the status of their refund.

Schedule a payment

Taxpayers can file now and schedule their federal tax payments up to the July 15 due date. They can pay online, by phone or with their mobile device and the IRS2Go app. When paying federal taxes electronically, taxpayers should remember:

  • Electronic payment options are the best way to make a tax payment.
  • They can pay when they e-file by using tax software online.
  • If using a tax preparer, taxpayers should ask the preparer to make the tax payment through an electronic funds withdrawal from a bank account.
  • IRS Direct Pay allows taxpayers to pay online directly from a checking or savings account for free.
  • Taxpayers can choose to pay with a credit card, debit card or digital wallet option through a payment processor. No fees go to the IRS.
  • The IRS2Go app provides mobile-friendly payment options, including Direct Pay and payment processors on mobile devices.
  • Taxpayers may also enroll in the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System and pay online or by phone.
  • They can pay with cash at a retail partner. New locations available.
  • Taxpayers can go to IRS.gov/account to securely access information about their federal tax account. They can view the amount they owe, access their tax records online, review their payment history and view key information for the most recent tax return as originally filed.

Not required to file a tax return? Non-Filers tool available to register for Economic Impact Payments

People who are not normally required to file a tax return and don’t plan to do so can use the Non-Filers tool to get an Economic Impact Payment. The only way they can get this payment is to register with the IRS by using this free tool. Available in both English and Spanish, the tool was developed jointly by the IRS and the Free File Alliance. The registration deadline is Oct. 15, 2020.

More information

IRS.gov/COVIDtaxdeadlines
IRS.gov/payments
IRS.gov/account
IRS.gov/ITA
IRS.gov/estimatedtaxes

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Internal Revenue Service) Politics Mon, 13 Jul 2020 02:40:07 -0400
Employers required to report amount of qualified sick and family leave wages https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/politics/4620-employers-required-to-report-amount-of-qualified-sick-and-family-leave-wages4620-employers-required-to-report-amount-of-qualified-sick-and-family-leave-wages https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/politics/4620-employers-required-to-report-amount-of-qualified-sick-and-family-leave-wages4620-employers-required-to-report-amount-of-qualified-sick-and-family-leave-wages

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service has provided guidance in Notice 2020-54 to employers requiring them to report the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on Form W-2. Employers will be required to report these amounts either on Form W-2, Box 14, or in a statement provided with the Form W-2.

The guidance provides employers with optional language to use in the Form W-2 instructions for employees. The wage amount that the notice requires employers to report on Form W-2 will provide self-employed individuals who are also employees with the information necessary to determine the amount of any sick and family leave equivalent credits they may claim in their self-employed capacities. Additional information about tax relief for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on IRS.gov.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Internal Revenue Service) Politics Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:00:58 -0400
Virtual Coffee Hour Conversations with Putnam Arts Council https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/events/4619-virtual-coffee-hour-conversations-with-putnam-arts-council4619-virtual-coffee-hour-conversations-with-putnam-arts-council https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/events/4619-virtual-coffee-hour-conversations-with-putnam-arts-council4619-virtual-coffee-hour-conversations-with-putnam-arts-council

The PAC in YOUR Living Room: Coffee Hour Conversation

Necessity is the Mother of Invention: Success in Presenting the Performing Arts Online 

Wednesday July 15th , 10:45am - 11:30am

Please join The Putnam Arts Council as we convene for another of our as part of our The PAC in YOUR Living Room Initiative. 

 Entitled Necessity is the Mother of Invention: Success in Presenting the Performing Arts Online, our next conversation will address how artists and arts organizations have overcome the adversity of the shutdown to evolve their work online and create resources that speak to the moment.

Guest moderators Wu Han, John Heginbotham, and Pete Malinverni will lead a conversation about the innovative ways in which artists, companies, and presenters have evolved their online presence to complement their live work without compromising the live experience. Everyone is invited to share best practices and innovations, pose questions, and address challenges.

Grab your coffee and join us and others in our regional artistic community on Wednesday, July 15 to discuss the issues that are most important to you. Details about other upcoming conversations will be shared via email as well as posted on our website.


The Putnam Arts Council office has re-opened and they have be presenting small group classes which wbegan the week of July 6th. We will follow all rules and regulations and take all safety precautions as we move forward in this new policy to offer small group lessons. We hope to resume our exhibitions schedule in mid -July and will keep you posted.

Please be sure to wear a mask when you enter the Art Center and to sign in at the office before heading anywhere in the building.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Putnam Arts Council) Events Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:57:40 -0400
Coronavirus Pandemic Disrupts Routine Vaccination, Putting Children at Risk; https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/publicsafety/4625-coronavirus-pandemic-disrupts-routine-vaccination-putting-children-at-risk4625-coronavirus-pandemic-disrupts-routine-vaccination-putting-children-at-risk https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/publicsafety/4625-coronavirus-pandemic-disrupts-routine-vaccination-putting-children-at-risk4625-coronavirus-pandemic-disrupts-routine-vaccination-putting-children-at-risk

It's important to Get Kids Back on Track


Health officials have a new concern resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. While the practice of social or physical distancing has been quite effective in slowing the spread of that disease, there has been a significant decline in vaccination rates for the 14 preventable childhood diseases. The Putnam County Department of Health and other health experts at the CDC are among those sounding a nationwide alert for a significant decline in the number of all children who received routine childhood immunizations.  

“We can look at two sets of numbers and see there has been a large decrease in the number of children receiving their routine vaccinations for all the preventable childhood illnesses,” said Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD, Putnam County’s Commissioner of Health. “The first relates to vaccines being ordered by physicians through the Vaccines for Children program, and the second set of data is the number of vaccines given by eight large U.S. health care organizations.” The Vaccines for Children program administers approximately 50 percent of U.S. children aged 0 to 18 years. The decline in orders and administration began the week after the national emergency declaration.    

Parents of children who have fallen behind in childhood immunizations should contact their child’s physician to get back on track. If you child does not have a physician, PCDOH will be resuming vaccination clinics three times a month. Appointments are required and clinics will be conducted following all the required safety protocols, including social and physical distancing, face coverings or masks, and heightened disinfecting routines. To schedule an appointment, call 845-808-1332. Clients will be instructed on the newest safety procedures, which will include calling from their car upon arrival. A member of the immunization team will greet them and take their temperature. A COVID health screening will be conducted and the client will be escorted to the interview area, since the waiting area has been closed. With these new protocols in place, it is not too early to start thinking about any necessary vaccines that children may need for the upcoming school year. 

For more information about childhood immunizations, visit www.putnamcountyny.com/health/immunization/

The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services, provided directly and through collaboration, include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our county website at www.putnamcountyny.com/coronavirus; or visit our social media sites @PutnamHealthNY on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.    

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Putnam County Dept. of Health) Public safety Sat, 11 Jul 2020 04:26:12 -0400
Trump Signs Executive Order Expanding Hispanic Prosperity Initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/politics/4624-trump-signs-executive-order-expanding-hispanic-prosperity-initiative4624-trump-signs-executive-order-expanding-hispanic-prosperity-initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/politics/4624-trump-signs-executive-order-expanding-hispanic-prosperity-initiative4624-trump-signs-executive-order-expanding-hispanic-prosperity-initiative

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order expanding the White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative, which will help every member of our country’s proud Hispanic community prosper and achieve the American Dream.

 
The order will encourage pro-growth, pro-family, and pro-community policies such as school choice, personalized learning, family engagement, civic education, and more.
 
“Hispanic Americans are not only living the American Dream, but their incredible efforts are unlocking the American Dream for citizens all across our land,” President Trump says.
 
 Watch: How President Trump’s executive order benefits the Hispanic community

Hispanic-American workers and families have thrived under President Trump’s agenda. Before the Coronavirus pandemic, the Hispanic unemployment rate reached a record low of 3.9 percent, and it remained under 5 percent for 23 consecutive months.
 
In 2018, the poverty rate for Hispanic Americans reached its lowest level on record, and since 2016, nearly 611,000 Hispanic Americans have been lifted out of poverty.
 
As the Coronavirus spread from China across the globe, President Trump worked tirelessly to ensure that all Americans could get back to work as quickly as possible. As a result, Hispanic employment increased by a sum of more than 2.1 million in May and June. This Administration won’t stop until every American is back on the job.
 
 President Trump: We will never let public charter schools be taken away!
 
And with today’s actions, America will continue to be a land of opportunity for our incredible Hispanic community, as well as for every other American family.
 
School choice is a big part of that vision. Nearly one-third of all students in U.S. public charter schools are Hispanic. President Trump is expanding educational opportunities for these students and others, both with today’s executive order as well as through restoring local control and ending federal overreach in education more broadly.

Community development is another crucial component. Under President Trump, new jobs and investments have poured into nearly 9,000 designated “Opportunity Zones,” which together are home to more than 9 million Hispanic Americans.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (The White House) Politics Sat, 11 Jul 2020 02:13:38 -0400
Putnam County Weekly Update on Covid-19 Cases. https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/publicsafety/4628-putnam-county-weekly-update-on-covid-19-cases-15944150084628-putnam-county-weekly-update-on-covid-19-cases-1594415008 https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/publicsafety/4628-putnam-county-weekly-update-on-covid-19-cases-15944150084628-putnam-county-weekly-update-on-covid-19-cases-1594415008

Putnam County officials released their weekly update on Covid-19 in Putnam County earlier today. All information provided is from 07/03/2020 through the close of business today, 07/010/2020.

There are now a total of 1565 laboratory confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Putnam County and 15 of those cases, are actively being monitored by the Putnam County Health Department at the present time. On May 25th there were 45 cases actively being monitored and NO cases are currently in Putnam County Hospital. The Health Department reports that 1548 cases are classified Released or "no longer Isolated/Quarantined". "Released" cases includes cases that tested positive, were quarantined and monitored as well as possible cases that may have been exposed by a close contact with a positive case. No official government agency is actively tracking recovered cases at this time.

Residents between the ages 0-9 have accounted for 31 cases, the 10-19 age bracket has 65. The 20-29 year olds have 176  and 30 to 39 account for 265 cases. The 40-49 age group account for 2847 50-59 account for 319, 60-69 account for 202 while those 70-79 have 113, residents over 80 account for 107 cases. The total of those tested in Putnam County since March 1st is now 19,958.

The percentage of cases by gender, 54% male and 46% female.

The New York State Department of Health is reporting 63 deaths due to Covid-19 in Putnam County as of 4pm today July 610th, 2020. NY State has not reported any new deaths in Putnam County since the last update on July 6th.

Click here to be taken to the Putnam County Website Covid Tracker to get larger views of the accompanying graph. 

Total of Laboratory confirmed cases, by Town.

Carmel 496 (+11)

Kent 259 (+5)

Patterson 156 (+3)

Phillipstown 123 (+/- 0)

Putnam Valley 183 (+1)

Southeast 348 (+3)


CALL 211 INFORMATION AND QUESTIONS (in Putnam County)

CALL 911 FOR LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES ONLY

888-364-3065 NY STATE DOH COVID-19 HOTLINE

845-808-1390 PUTNAM DEPT OF HEALTH

888-667-92622 PUTNAM HOSPITAL CENTER HOTLINE

or CONTACT YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Putnam County) Public safety Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:03:22 -0400
Flash Flood Watch for Northeast through midnight tonight https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/events/4627-flash-flood-watch-for-northeast-through-midnight-tonight4627-flash-flood-watch-for-northeast-through-midnight-tonight https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/events/4627-flash-flood-watch-for-northeast-through-midnight-tonight4627-flash-flood-watch-for-northeast-through-midnight-tonight

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Mid-Atlantic states and New England through midnight tonight. Tropical Storm Fay was centered just off the southern New Jersey coast at approx 1:30 this afternoon and was moving north, bringing heavy rains to the NYC area and its suburbs.

A flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for flash flooding.

Residents are usually urged to do the following when flash flooding is imminent:

  1. Be aware of any signs of heavy rain
  2. Move to higher ground if rapidly rising water is seen or heard
  3. DO NOT attempt to cross the flowing water 

In New Jersey, flooding has prompted the shutdown of the George Redding Bridge in Wildwood and Ocean City, Maryland has already seen over 5 inches of rainfall as of noon today.

Tropical Storm Fay will move north along the Jersey Shore Friday afternoon and then move inland over the lower Hudson Valley by Friday evening. Rain will spread from the Jersey Shore into parts of eastern Pennsylvania, central and eastern New York and southern and western New England. 

Fay was classified as a tropical storm Friday while it was centered off the Outer Banks and moving up the North Carolina Coast towards the North East states

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Events Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:47:48 -0400
Adelphi's New Remote Gap Year Program Allows Students to Enhance Skills, Earn Credits https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/places/4617-adelphi-s-new-remote-gap-year-program-allows-students-to-enhance-skills-earn-credits4617-adelphi-s-new-remote-gap-year-program-allows-students-to-enhance-skills-earn-credits https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/places/4617-adelphi-s-new-remote-gap-year-program-allows-students-to-enhance-skills-earn-credits4617-adelphi-s-new-remote-gap-year-program-allows-students-to-enhance-skills-earn-credits

Recent high school graduates or even current college students who have decided to take a gap year have traditionally tried to continue their education through travel, internships or volunteer projects -- avenues currently limited by the global coronavirus pandemic. Now, though, they have the option of staying connected to a higher education track through Adelphi University's new Gap Year Experience.

The 11-week program runs September 7 through November 20 (and repeats February 1 through April 16). It includes three weeks of training followed by eight weeks of projects working with a small team on projects for businesses or organizations, much like an internship. The program will run remotely, allowing students to connect and collaborate from anywhere in the world.

"Adelphi's Gap Year Experience is designed for students to learn problem-solving skills through a project-based approach," said Graziela Fusaro, director of the University's Center for Innovation. "Students will be divided into multidisciplinary teams and develop a consulting project for a selected partner company -- four to eight per group."

Students will have an average weekly commitment of 10-15 hours a week. By participating in a combination of a guest speaker series, lectures, company meetings, and team exercises, students will learn problem-solving frameworks and professional skills.

Projects will cover a wide range of subjects in business strategy, marketing, social work, health and other areas according to student interest and partner company engagement. Students will be able to choose to work with either a domestic or an international partner including Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and start-ups.

Skills acquired from or enhanced by the experience include learning by doing, team-building with students from different backgrounds and interests, gaining digital experience (including working remotely), and "test driving" a planned college major by trying projects in different areas and exploring possible career paths.

Participants have the option of earning either three college credits or a certification. The program is open to those planning on continuing their education at Adelphi or students from other colleges and universities both domestic or international, as well as those undecided about their higher education plans.

To learn more or apply, visit www.adelphi.edu/gap-year. Students should apply for the fall term by August 24, 2020 (or spring term January 18, 2021). Applicants will be contacted by the Innovation Center staff for an individual interview or webinar shortly after the application is received.

Adelphi's Innovation Center launched during the spring 2020 semester and among its offerings have been virtual internship programs similar to the new gap-year program. Nearly 80 students have been involved in projects working with 15 outside organizations, who want to continue working with students in the fall. See more about the center at www.adelphi.edu/innovation-center.


About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.

Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four-Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi is dedicated to transforming students' lives through small classes, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support student success.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island's oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York-just 23 miles from New York City's cultural and internship opportunities-and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online.

More than 116,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, caring citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Adelphi University) Places Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:38:50 -0400
Danbury Entry Level Firefighter Applications are Online. https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/places/4616-danbury-entry-level-firefighter-applications-are-online4616-danbury-entry-level-firefighter-applications-are-online https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/places/4616-danbury-entry-level-firefighter-applications-are-online4616-danbury-entry-level-firefighter-applications-are-online

The City of Danbury Fire Department has announced that it is currently seeking individuals for the position of Entry Level Firefighter. 

APPLY NOW!

The City is excited to announce the opportunity for dedicated and service-driven applicants to join the Danbury Fire Department. Danbury firefighters contribute significantly to the quality of life in the City of Danbury. We encourage all who are willing to commit to our community to apply for this rewarding career.

The mission of the Danbury Fire Department is to “Protect the life, property, and environment of all citizens in the most efficient and safe manner possible.” This mission is accomplished through emergency management, training, and education. Upon being hired, these individuals will participate in all aspects of the fire service including public education, emergency medical response, fire suppression, rescue, and many other emergencies. 

In order to be considered for the position, applicants will be asked to take written, psychological, and physical examinations and be interviewed by the Fire Chief. The recruitment schedule will be provided during the orientation session. Applications will be available from July 1 – Sept 1. Requirements for an entry-level fire position include holding a valid CPAT (Candidate Physical Agility Test) and a CT or National EMT certification.

CPAT – The Connecticut Fire Academy is offering a 1-day CPAT session on Friday, July 19th at the CPAT Testing facility in Meriden. This CPAT session is intended for candidates who have already attended previous CPAT orientation and practice sessions.
Registration: https://ctlms-cfa.ct.gov/
CPAT information and preparation guide: https://portal.ct.gov/CFPC/Candidate-Physical-Ability-Test

EMT – Here is one option for an accelerated EMT course beginning July 20th. https://code1web.com/accelerated-emergency-medical-technician-course/

Danbury Entry-Level Firefighter Informational Orientation is now live on the City of Danbury Youtube.

Requirements for an Entry Level Firefighter Position:

High School Diploma or equivalent
Valid Driver’s License
Valid CPAT (Candidate Physical Agility Test) – Candidates are responsible for maintaining a current CPAT throughout the life of an eligibility list.
Current CT or National Registry EMT Certification – Candidates are responsible for maintaining a valid CT or National Registry EMT Certification throughout the life of an eligibility list.
Tobacco-Free
At least 18 years of age by application closing date
US Citizen or have manifested the intention of becoming a US Citizen
Vision & Hearing: 20/50 Vision in each eye, correctable to 20/20 in each eye and normal hearing without use of a hearing aid or other device.

Firefighter Recruitment Schedule

Firefighter Orientation Session:  June 18, 2020
Firefighter Application Opens:  July 1, 2020
Application Deadline: September 1, 2020
Firefighter Written Examination: September 26, 2020

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Places Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:13:04 -0400
Reminder, Tip income IS taxable https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/politics/4607-reminder-tip-income-is-taxable4607-reminder-tip-income-is-taxable https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/politics/4607-reminder-tip-income-is-taxable4607-reminder-tip-income-is-taxable

With the Covid induced tax filing deadline fast approaching on July 15th, the IRS would like to remind taxpayers that, generally, income received from any source, including tips, is taxable. Here’s some information to help taxpayers report tip income. 

All tips that taxpayers receive are income and subject to federal income tax. Taxpayers must include all tips they receive in their gross income. This includes:
• Tips directly from customers.
• Tips added using credit cards. 
• Tips from a tip-splitting arrangement with other employees.

The value of non-cash tips, such as tickets, passes or other items of value is also income and subject to tax.

Three things can help taxpayers to correctly report their tip income.

• Keep a daily tip record.
• Report tips to their employer.
• Report all tips on their income tax return.


Use the Interactive Tax Assistant
This online tool provides answers to tax law questions. Taxpayers can use the Interactive Tax Assistant on IRS.gov to find out if their tip income is taxable.

If an employee receives $20 or more in any month, they must report their tips for that month to their employer by the 10th day of the next month. The employer must withhold federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes on the reported tips. 


The tax filing deadline has been postponed to Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The IRS is processing tax returns, issuing refunds and accepting payments. Taxpayers who mailed a tax return will experience a longer wait. There is no need to mail a second tax return or call the IRS.

More information:
Is My Tip Income Taxable?
Form 4137, Social Security and Medicare Tax on Unreported Tip Income
Publication 1244, Employee’s Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer
Tip Recordkeeping & Reporting
Publication 531, Reporting Tip Income

Tax Tip 2020-82

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Internal Revenue Service) Politics Fri, 10 Jul 2020 06:55:04 -0400
Pegasus introduces a Powerful New Program for First Responders https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/events/4614-pegasus-introduces-a-powerful-new-program-for-first-responders4614-pegasus-introduces-a-powerful-new-program-for-first-responders https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/events/4614-pegasus-introduces-a-powerful-new-program-for-first-responders4614-pegasus-introduces-a-powerful-new-program-for-first-responders

Pegasus is honored to launch our First Responders program in partnership with the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services

Each session is 5-weeks long and meets once a week from 10am-2pm. This program is offered at no cost to our participants, thank you for all you do for our community!

First responders have an immense impact on their communities. We also know from first-hand experience the impact that secondary trauma can have, and that burnout is a reality that many first responders face. Our veteran's programs are a perfect fit for first responders. We believe that learning the art and skill of self-regulation, understanding how to make distinctions among seemingly conflicting emotions and building the capacity to process ‘the day’ before coming home are all part of maintaining healthy relationships — and all part of ensuring top performance when police, firefighters or EMT’s need it most.

The Equus Effect (TEE) believes that if the people who are called upon to respond to our community members’ in their times of crisis are better equipped to handle the stressors of their job, the community as a whole will better cared for and more resilient.  

TEE is a program that uses horses and highly trained facilitators, deals with social-emotional growth and trauma in people of all ages and circumstances. Through the restorative powers of the horse, clients are able to discover their own strength and healing through the experiential learning this program has to offer. Didactic elements of recognizing emotions and working towards emotional agility help participants manage their emotions in a positive and healthy way. All this is done through what we call “The Wisdom of the Prey” and connection with our equine partners. Our goal is that each individual leaves this program with a renewed sense of self-worth, well-being and empowerment.

For more information about this program and how to get involved please visit our website http://www.pegasustr.org/programs/first-responders/

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, inc. ) Events Fri, 10 Jul 2020 06:48:54 -0400
The Ferrao Gardens at Patterson Library is Open https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/places/4601-the-ferrao-gardens-at-patterson-library-is-open4601-the-ferrao-gardens-at-patterson-library-is-open https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/places/4601-the-ferrao-gardens-at-patterson-library-is-open4601-the-ferrao-gardens-at-patterson-library-is-open

Stop by the Patterson Library and enjoy our gardens and outdoor seating. Board of Trustees President Don Ferraro and his wife Judy have once again donated the beautiful Ferraro Garden and it is in full bloom with dozens of beautiful flowers.

Thanks to Erik at Petersen's Patterson Greenhouses, our vegetable garden now looks incredible with raised garden beds, making it easier to maintain while adding more space for planting. Lillie, Dan, and Kay from our PR Department planted tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, squash, beans, cucumbers, watermelon, and herbs in the garden while Eric, our maintenance staff-person, set up hoses and sprinklers so everything can thrive. Wi-Fi is available in the park if you need to work remotely. We hope you enjoy visiting the park, and remember for the safety of all visitors, please wear a face-covering when you cannot maintain social distance. All park rules and social distancing/face mask guidelines must be followed.

The Patterson Library is located at 1167 Route 311 in Patterson, NY. Phone 845-878-6121

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Patterson Library) Places Fri, 10 Jul 2020 05:55:39 -0400
Malls in Mid-Hudson Region to to reopen today https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/events/15-todays-events/4623-malls-in-mid-hudson-region-to-to-reopen-today4623-malls-in-mid-hudson-region-to-to-reopen-today https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/events/15-todays-events/4623-malls-in-mid-hudson-region-to-to-reopen-today4623-malls-in-mid-hudson-region-to-to-reopen-today

Malls in the Mid-Hudson region, and other areas of the state that have reached Phase 4, will reopen today, Friday July 10. Malls must have air filtration systems that can remove coronavirus particles from the air. Shoppers will also have to follow social distancing rules and stores will be restricted to 50 percent occupancy. The Mid-Hudson region includes Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties.

“We are happy to see that the malls will reopen,” Putnam County Executive Maryellen Odell said. “With nearby states allowing mall shopping, this will level the playing field for New York State.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not permit gyms, indoor fitness centers and movie theaters to reopen as part of Phase 4, instead they must remain closed through August 5.

“We feel the pain of those small business owners, and we are disappointed with the delay,” said Kathleen Abels, president of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation. “Now, at least, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Barring a change, the governor’s Executive Order gives gyms, indoor fitness centers and movie theaters a projected reopening date of August 6.”

The same cannot be said for much of the rest of the country, 38 states are seeing large increases in infection rates. A travel advisory has now been expanded to 19 states, with travelers from Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma added to the list of those who must quarantine for 14 days when they come to New York State.

In New York, the Mid-Hudson region has been getting back to normal, or the new normal, since the first phase of the reopening started at the end of May. Over the past six weeks, jobs came back, restaurants opened -- first for outdoor dining and then for indoor dining -- and now low-risk entertainment is returning.

In Phase 4, colleges and other institutions of higher education can reopen, as can zoos, botanical gardens, nature parks, historic sites and cultural sites. Media production companies, including film, television, music and website producers, can also get back to business.

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Putnam County) Todays events Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:58:06 -0400
St. James School in Carmel is safe but 20 Catholic schools in Archdiocese of New York will Not Reopen https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/places/4622-20-catholic-schools-in-archdiocese-of-new-york-will-not-reopen4622-20-catholic-schools-in-archdiocese-of-new-york-will-not-reopen https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/places/4622-20-catholic-schools-in-archdiocese-of-new-york-will-not-reopen4622-20-catholic-schools-in-archdiocese-of-new-york-will-not-reopen

HEALTH CONCERNS AND FINANCIAL DEVASTATION FOR FAMILIES RESULT IN LOW REGISTRATION FOR FALL; MONTHS OF CANCELLED PUBLIC MASSES CURB ARCHDIOCESE’S ABILITY TO SUPPORT SCHOOLS

St. James the Apostle School in Carmel is spared


The Office of the Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York today announced 20 Catholic schools will be unable to reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three schools will merge. The coronavirus public health crisis has had a devastating financial impact on Catholic school families and the greater Archdiocese. Mass unemployment and continuing health concerns have resulted in families’ inability to pay their current tuition, and a significantly low rate of re-registration for the fall; while months of cancelled public masses and fundraising for scholarships have seen a loss of parish contributions which traditionally help support the schools.

“Children are always the most innocent victims of any crisis, and this COVID-19 pandemic is no exception,” said Timothy Cardinal Dolan Archbishop of New York. “Too many have lost parents and grandparents to this insidious virus, and now thousands will not see their beloved school again. I’ve kept a hopeful eye on our schools throughout this saga and my prayers are with all of the children and their families who will be affected by this sad news. Given the devastation of this pandemic, I’m grateful more schools didn’t meet this fate, and that Catholic schools nearby are ready to welcome all the kids.”

Much deliberation and analysis went into the final determination of which schools would not reopen. It is expected these changes, which will impact approximately 2,500 students and 350 staff, will have the positive effect of ensuring the overall fiscal stability and strengthen the vitality of New York Catholic schools for decades to come.

“The reality of these schools being lost is painful, and it was only accepted reluctantly after a detailed study was conducted of their respective fiscal standing in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Deegan. “I have been a Catholic school educator for more than 40 years, and could never have imagined the grave impact this pandemic has had on our schools. If more assistance is not forthcoming in the longed for HEROES Act now before Congress, I am afraid even more might close.  This is a very sad day for everyone in the extended Catholic school community. I send my love and prayers to the families, teachers, principals and staff of the affected schools.” Most of the schools affected are in NY C but there are several in Westchester County. St. James the Apostle in Carmel which is the only Catholic school in PUtnam County is not affected.

The following Catholic schools will not reopen: Schools in bold are located in Westchester County.

  • Corpus Christi School, Manhattan 
  • Divine Mercy School, New Windsor
  • Holy Family School, New Rochelle
  • Nativity of Our Blessed Lady School, Bronx
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel-St. Benedicta School, Staten Island
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Pelham Manor
  • Our Lady of Pompeii School, Manhattan
  • Our Lady of the Assumption School, Bronx
  • Sacred Heart School, Suffern 
  • St. Ann School, Yonkers
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Shrub Oak 
  • St. John’s School, Kingsbridge, Bronx 
  • St. Joseph-St. Thomas School, Staten Island
  • St. Luke School, Bronx
  • St. Patrick School, Bedford
  • St. Paul School, Yonkers
  • St. Peter School, Poughkeepsie
  • Sts. Peter & Paul School, Staten Island
  • Sts. Philip & James School, Bronx
  • St. Thomas Aquinas School, Bronx 

St. John School in Goshen will welcome the following school communities to their campus: 

  • Sacred Heart School, Monroe
  • St. Stephen-St. Edward School, Warwick

The Office of the Superintendent of Schools will work closely with each affected family, to help find a neighboring Catholic school for the fall. The directors of enrollment will provide each family with information and answer any questions that they may have, whether they are about enrollment, transportation or tuition. The best resource for continually updated information will always be https://catholicschoolsny.org/announcements

The superintendent’s office is dedicated to working in coordination with the teachers’ union to do everything it can to help faculty of the affected schools to find employment within the Archdiocesan school system.


About the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York:

For more than two centuries, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York have taught and nurtured children from diverse backgrounds and successfully provided students with the life-changing opportunities that are inherent in a Catholic education. Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York currently serve more than 60,000 students from Pre-K through 12th grade at 191 schools across the counties and boroughs of New York. 


 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Peter Carey) Places Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:43:51 -0400
Gov. Cuomo's daily email update for NY Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/politics/4621-gov-cuomo-s-daily-email-update-for-ny-residents4621-gov-cuomo-s-daily-email-update-for-ny-residents https://news.hamlethub.com/carmel/politics/4621-gov-cuomo-s-daily-email-update-for-ny-residents4621-gov-cuomo-s-daily-email-update-for-ny-residents

The number of total hospitalizations remains steady. Yesterday, there were 851 total hospitalizations. And we are encouraged and grateful that this week the number of people being intubated dropped below 100 for the first time since the crisis began in full.
 
We've made incredible progress as a state, but that progress is fragile. I've said before that "a virus anywhere is a virus everywhere," and we are very mindful of that reality as many states are seeing surges in COVID cases. We must continue to stay disciplined, smart and cautious. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
Here's what else you need to know tonight:
 
1. July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Today I advanced new regulations requiring insurers to provide equitable coverage for mental health and substance use disorders. The proposed regulations from the NYS Department of Financial Services and DOH would strengthen insurers' obligation under both state and federal law to provide comparable coverages for benefits to treat mental health and substance use disorders.
 
2. Governors Island will reopen next Wednesday, July 15th. The island will reopen with reduced capacity and public safety precautions in place on both the island and on the ferry.
 
3. The State conducted 65,564 tests, of which 584, or 0.89%, were positive. Sadly, we lost 8 New Yorkers to the virus.
 
4. NASCAR weekend at Watkins Glen has been rescheduled. The event will be held at the Daytona International Speedway from August 14-16.
 
5. One of the greatest concerns of the pandemic is making sure all New Yorkers have access to food. No New Yorker should go to bed hungry. To find a food pantry that services your county, visit ny.gov/foodbanks
 
6. More New Yorkers need to respond to the Census. New York's Census response rate is at 57.5%, which is below the national average. It's important that every New Yorker responds to the Census. It's safe, easy and can be done online from the comfort of your own home. Let's make sure every New Yorker is counted. Complete the Census today at my2020census.gov
 
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commandercarey@gmail.com (Gov. Andrew Cuomo) Politics Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:39:16 -0400