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Protecting Your Identity From
Tax Time Scams
These are the important
things to remember to protect yourself from scams all the year long, but
especially at tax time:
• The IRS never calls you
or sends you email. According to the IRS web site, you will never receive an
email or telephone communication from them requesting personal information. The
IRS does business the old fashioned way; though ...the mail. If you receive an
email or phone call that seems to be from the IRS, don’t respond. For phone
calls, hang up and call 1-800-829-1040 and ask about the call you received. You
will find that it did not come from the IRS. If you receive an email claiming to
be from the IRS, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then delete it.
• Know what’s required.
The IRS never requires additional forms or information to be submitted for you
to receive your refund from them. Normal tax return forms are sufficient and
include all of the information that the IRS needs from you. You should not be
asked to fill out additional forms before your refund is “released”.
• Beware of paper
communications, too. No scams have been reported that are regular mail-based,
however, you should always be aware of the dangers that are inherent to postal
mail. Protect your identity by using safe mail handling practices. A few tax
scams have been reported that ask you to fax information back. The IRS never
• Know who you’re hiring.
If you plan to hire someone to prepare your taxes, make sure you know who it is.
Many online tax preparation companies spring up around tax time, some of them
nothing more than a scam. Even real world tax preparation services can be
criminals. Take the time to check out any tax preparation service before you
give them access to your personal and financial information.
• Protect your computer. If
you plan to file your taxes online, be sure you have current anti-virus, anti-spyware,
and firewall protection installed. This applies even if you’re not filing your
taxes online. Also be sure to password protect files before storing them on a
hard drive or transmitting them electronically.
Tax time is stressful enough.
Don’t let identity theft make it any more stressful than it has to be.
Especially at this time of year, know how to protect yourself from identity
theft, and what information to protect. When you get your refund check, you’ll
be glad you did. (28)
4511.213 Approaching stationary public safety vehicle displaying emergency light.
(A) The driver of a motor vehicle, upon approaching a stationary public safety vehicle, emergency vehicle, road service vehicle, vehicle used by the public utilities commission to conduct motor vehicle inspections in accordance with sections 4923.04 and 4923.06 of the Revised Code, or a highway maintenance vehicle that is displaying the appropriate visual signals by means of flashing, oscillating, or rotating lights, as prescribed in section 4513.17 of the Revised Code, shall do either of the following:
(1) If the driver of the motor vehicle is traveling on a highway that consists of at least two lanes that carry traffic in the same direction of travel as that of the driver's motor vehicle, the driver shall proceed with due caution and, if possible and with due regard to the road, weather, and traffic conditions, shall change lanes into a lane that is not adjacent to that of the stationary public safety vehicle, emergency vehicle, road service vehicle, vehicle used by the public utilities commission to conduct motor vehicle inspections in accordance with sections 4923.04 and 4923.06 of the Revised Code, or a highway maintenance vehicle.
(2) If the driver is not traveling on a highway of a type described in division (A)(1) of this section, or if the driver is traveling on a highway of that type but it is not possible to change lanes or if to do so would be unsafe, the driver shall proceed with due caution, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle, and maintain a safe speed for the road, weather, and traffic conditions.
(B) This section does not relieve the driver of a public safety vehicle, emergency vehicle, road service vehicle, vehicle used by the public utilities commission to conduct motor vehicle inspections in accordance with sections 4923.04 and 4923.06 of the Revised Code, or a highway maintenance vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons and property upon the highway.
(C) No person shall fail to drive a motor vehicle in compliance with division (A)(1) or (2) of this section when so required by division (A) of this section.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(2) Notwithstanding section 2929.28 of the Revised Code, upon a finding that a person operated a motor vehicle in violation of division (C) of this section, the court, in addition to all other penalties provided by law, shall impose a fine of two times the usual amount imposed for the violation.
Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 57, SB 137, §1, eff. 12/19/2013.
Effective Date: 01-01-2004; 2009 HB2 07-01-2009
Related Legislative Provision: See 130th General Assembly File No. 57, SB 137, §4.
Watch Out For Blind Spots —
The plow driver’s field of vision is limited. If you can’t see the plow’s
side mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Stay two to three car lengths behind
Ice & Snow … Take it
Slow — Snowplows travel well below the posted speed limit. Be patient. Try not
to pass the plow. Watch for sudden stops or turns.
Beware of Snow Clouds — Snow plows often create clouds as they clear the roads. These Snow clouds can reduce your ability to see.
About every 3 hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train.
Fla. man wearing 'I have drugs' shirt busted for meth, pot A Florida man's crime was written all over his shirt
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida man's crime was written all over his shirt.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says 50-year-old John Balmer was spotted at a Kmart in Hudson wearing a shirt that said "Who needs drugs? No, seriously, I have drugs," and as it turns out he really did have drugs.
When an officer walked in the store he watched as Balmer tried to hand off, then hide a small bag with a green leafy substance inside, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Inside the bag deputies say they found marijuana and methamphetamine.
2014 Traffic crashes for the City of Bryan
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