Out of an abundance of caution, IDPH is ‘requiring a pause’ in the use of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine at this time, as advised by the CDC and FDA. Please see the attached joint media statement released by the CDC and FDA. More information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/media/r…

Hoopeston, Ill.— Carle in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Iroquois County Public Health Department are offering single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine appointments the week of Monday, April 12 for those who live or work in Iroquois County.

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Few things are more frightening than opening your mailbox and finding a letter from the Internal Revenue Service. You may wrack your brain wondering what you've done to receive an IRS notice. But there’s no need to pretend it didn't arrive or go on the lam.

Relax. The IRS sends out millions of letters each year for a variety of reasons. An IRS letter does not necessarily carry bad news – and if it does, ignoring it is not going to make the situation any better. Take a deep breath, resist the urge to panic, and follow these tips to help you get past your initial shock.

1. Read the Letter Promptly – Putting off opening the letter won't help you, and delaying can even cause you harm. In many cases, the IRS is simply seeking more information or clarification of some aspect of your tax return, which makes it time-sensitive by definition.

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Since 2010, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) budget has been cut by roughly 20%, and it now has 22% fewer employees than it did in 2010, making IRS customer service challenging, to say the least. The IRS subjected 8.8 million taxpayers to "courtesy disconnects" through the 2015 tax-filing season that ended in mid-2016. "Courtesy disconnects" are a euphemism for hanging up on taxpayers after a prolonged hold time. In the previous tax year, there were “only” 544,000 courtesy disconnects.

Even if a taxpayer managed to get through, he or she wasted lots of precious time just waiting to speak to an IRS representative. In the 2020 fiscal year, IRS received more than 100 million calls on its toll-free telephone lines, but only about 24 million were answered by IRS employees. Taxpayers who got through had to wait an average of 18 minutes on hold. A report from the office of the National Taxpayer Advocate blamed budget cuts, outdated information technology, and insufficient staff...

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Are you planning on joining the gig economy and becoming self-employed? Are you embarking on retirement after years with a traditional employer? We wish you the best, and, along with the IRS, we remind you to pay your quarterly income taxes.

Without an employer to submit payments regularly out of your paycheck, you are now responsible for paying your own taxes in increments to fulfill America's pay-as-you-go tax requirements. You must make quarterly estimated tax payments if you expect to owe taxes of at least $1,000 for the year.

Underpayment of estimated taxes is on the increase, according to analysis of IRS data. The IRS found that the number of taxpayers incurring penalties related to estimated taxes jumped from 7.2 million in 2010 to 10 million in 2017, an increase of nearly 40%. Making matters worse, the Wall Street Journal reports that the potential number of filers owing penalties may be greater than the overall number of taxpayers filing estimated taxes ...

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Claiming dependents on your taxes is usually a fairly straightforward procedure, but in some cases, more than one person (or couple filing jointly) will claim someone as a dependent, muddying the process. The most common example is when divorced or separated parents both want to claim their children as dependents for tax purposes.

Dependents can have a large impact on taxes — not just from the ability to claim Head of Household filing status, but also through tax credits such as the Child Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Both the qualification and the amount of potential credit are affected by the dependents that you can claim.

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Your smartphone is probably full of fun apps, but we have one more app to add to help you deal with a painful task: your taxes. Did you know that the IRS has a free smartphone app to help taxpayers handle basic tax-related functions? They do, and it has been in existence since 2011.

The IRS2Go mobile app can be downloaded from Amazon, Google Play, or the Apple App Store. The latest version, IRS2Go 5.4.7, is available for Amazon and Android 7.0 or up operating systems, and on iPhone and iPad devices running iOS10.0 or later.

Why would you want to be able to access IRS information on your smartphone? You can perform a variety of useful tasks and seek tax information anywhere that your mobile phone has access to a signal. Here are a few examples of the available IRS services.

  • Check Your Refund – Once the IRS has acknowledged receipt of your e-filed return, you can start checking the status of your refund 24 hours after th...

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