Don’t forget the Great Oregon Shakeout on Thursday, October 15, at 10:15 am! This is the time to practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
A more than $402 million tax surplus was confirmed by the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) last week, triggering a tax surplus credit, or “kicker,” for the 2014 tax year. The credit will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2015 state personal income tax returns filed in 2016. There won’t be any kicker checks issued as there have been in the past.
To calculate the amount of your credit, multiply your 2014 tax liability before any credits, except credits for taxes paid to other states, by 5.6 percent. This percentage is determined and certified by OEA.You’re eligible to claim the kicker if you filed a 2014 tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don’t have a filing obligation for 2015, you still have to file a 2015 tax return to claim your credit. There will be detailed information on how to claim your credit in the 2015 Oregon personal income tax return instructions: Form 40 for full-year Oregon residents, Form 40P for part-year residents, and Form 40N for nonresidents.
Keep in mind that the state may use all or part of your kicker to pay any state debt, such as taxes due for other years, child support, court fines, or school loans. For more information on the kicker, visit http://www.oregon.gov/dor and follow the “Kicker Update” banner on the top of the homepage.
Visit http://www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For TTY for hearing or speech impaired, call 1-800-886-7204.
The Star-Spangled Banner will be flying proudly at the 37th Annual Lincoln City Fall Kite Festival on October 10 and 11, from 10am to 4pm. This year’s theme is a Salute to our Veterans, honoring our military service men and women. To go along with the theme, the Kite Festival will have some very special guests.
“We are coordinating with a few veterans groups to attend the festival,” says featured flier Phil Burks,(pictured below with his wife Barbara) who works with individuals suffering from TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) by using kite flying as a therapy mechanism. “As someone who suffers from TBI, it is very important to me to raise awareness of this devastating injury. Kite flying has a magical quality to it, and it has helped me personally with my TBI recovery. I believe that the same can be done for veterans that suffer from TBI.”
Burks, who has flown kites for over 15 years, says that the key to flying is not about the size of the kite. “It’s about the energy you bring to the flying field,” says Burks. “Bring a positive, enthusiastic attitude and the flying takes care of itself.” Phil Burks will be on the flying field both days during the Kite Festival. “I have designed red, white, and blue banners for this year’s festival and can’t wait to show them off,” says Burks. Visitors are welcome to stop by and say hello to all of the featured fliers. “Come on down and talk to us. We love sharing our passion for kite flying with visitors,” encourages Burks. Continue reading
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A GALE WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO 5 PM PDT FRIDAY.
WINDS…SOUTH WINDS 10 TO 20 KT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT…INCREASING TO 20 TO 30 KT WITH GUSTS TO 35 KT EARLY FRIDAY MORNING AND CONTINUING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
* SEAS: SEAS 3 TO 5 FT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT…INCREASING RAPIDLY FRIDAY…REACHING 12 TO 14 FT BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
A GALE WARNING MEANS WINDS OF 34 TO 47 KNOTS ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. OPERATING A VESSEL IN GALE CONDITIONS REQUIRES EXPERIENCE AND PROPERLY EQUIPPED VESSELS. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT MARINERS WITHOUT THE PROPER EXPERIENCE SEEK SAFE HARBOR PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF GALE CONDITIONS.