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Utah Association of Orthodontists partners with Educated Refugee Foundation

posted on 3-7-17

The Utah Association of Orthodontists (UAO) announced its “One Life, One Smile” program in partnership with the Educated Refugee Foundation. Based in Utah, the Educated Refugee Foundation provides a future through education for children and adults living in refugee camps around the world.

“UAO is thrilled to be able to partner with such an amazing organization like the Educated Refugee Foundation,” said Dr. Steven Arnold, president of the Utah Association of Orthodontists. “As orthodontic specialists, we provide smiles to our patients every day, and through this effort, we can spread those smiles even further. The ERF is providing real change for refugees and an opportunity for a career that can truly make a difference in their life. We’re excited to spread smiles around the world through educational opportunities.”

To donate, visit http://bit.ly/OnelifeOnesmile. One Life, One Smile will run through Jan. 31.

Tax preparedness before the tax year ends

As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers there are things they should do now to get ready for filing season.

For most taxpayers, Dec. 31 is the last day to take actions that will impact their 2016 tax returns. For example, charitable contributions are deductible in the year made. Donations charged to a credit card before the end of 2016 count for the 2016 tax year, even if the bill isn’t paid until 2017. Checks to a charity count for 2016 as long as they are mailed by the last day of the year.

– Most workplace retirement account contributions should be made by the end of the year, but taxpayers can make 2016 IRA contributions until April 18, 2017. For 2016, the limit for a 401(k) is $18,000. For traditional and Roth IRAs, the limit is $6,500 if age 50 or older and up to $15,500 for a Simple IRA for age 50 or older.

– Taxpayers who have moved should tell the U.S. Postal Service, their employers and the IRS.

– For name changes due to marriage or divorce, notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) so the new name will match IRS and SSA records. Also notify the SSA if a dependent’s name changed.

– Effective Jan. 1, 2017, any Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) not used at least once on a tax return in the past three years will no longer be valid for use on a return. In addition, an ITIN with middle digits 78 or 79 will also expire on Jan. 1. These will need to be renewed.

For more information, visit irs.gov.

Provo’s ARS now a U-Haul dealer

U-Haul Company of Utah announced that ARS #651 has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Provo community. ARS at 430 W. 1230 North will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pick-up for boxes.

ARS owner Jan Sucha said he is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of Utah County.

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