get help with that late tax filing
Free tax preparation is available through April 30 for those who missed the April 15 deadline or filed an extension. The service, sponsored by United Way, IRS-VITA and AARP, will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and April 30 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
Those wishing to have their taxes prepared must bring the following:
• Social Security cards for all individuals claimed on the return and photo ID for taxpayers
• All income documents (W-2 and 1099), receipts for qualifying expenses
• Nontaxable income documents for Social Security (not SSI), veterans benefits, Tier 1 Railroad Retirement and combat pay
• A cancelled bank check for direct deposit
• Copy of prior year's tax return, if available
• If a joint return, both taxpayers should be present.
To get an Economic Stimulus payment, people who do not typically have enough income to file need to have at least $3,000 in qualifying income (Social Security, VA benefits, Railroad Tier I or earned income) and need to file by Oct. 15. To receive an ES payment, one must not be claimed as a dependent by someone else.
Information is available at www.irs.gov.
Be partner to support the arts in community
The Hernando County Fine Arts Council has officially kicked off its annual Friends of the Arts Campaign and is seeking to secure partnerships with the community to position and maintain Hernando County as a vibrant arts community and destination through active marketing, service to art organizations and artists, and as a local advocacy for the arts.
Those wishing to volunteer in the campaign as a "campaign manager" are invited to attend one of the two workshops that are offered Thursday. The first will be 9 to 11 a.m. at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., and the other 6 to 7 p.m. in the commission chambers at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., both in Brooksville.
Another way to help is by becoming an official "Art Advocate," by committing at least $100 to the campaign. Art Advocates receive one of the signed and numbered prints donated from more than 10 local artists.
The Fine Arts Council provides the annual Arts, Crafts and Music Festival, the monthly Bandshell Bash, Taste of Jazz Festival, an active grant program, the locally-produced Hernando Culture television show and its art-driven Web site.
For information, call Mary Jane Russell at 754-4788 or visit online at www.hernandoarts.org.
Lots of spring sports leagues starting up
Hernando County Recreation is seeking teams and individual players for the following sports programs that will start soon:
•Men's Softball League: The season will start May 5, with games at Veteran's Memorial Park and Anderson Snow Park. All fees are due Thursday.
• Adult Flag Football League: The season will start May 9, with games played at Veterans Memorial Park. All fees are due May 1.
• Co-ed Volleyball Tournament, May 17, at Delta Woods Park. The tournament is limited to 10 teams (the first 10 teams to pay are in); the payment deadline is May 13, if not filled up sooner. The cost is $90 per team. The first place team will receive T-shirts and a trophy. A
runnerup trophy also will be awarded.
For details, call Fred Krantz at the Recreation Department, 754-4031.