Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 27, 1974, Page 9

Cedar Rapids Gazette

March 27, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa JOA Tho Cedar Rapids Gazette: Wed., Mar. 27. 1974 Elderly Frequently Overpay Taxes By Sylvia Porter NEW YORK — As many as one-half of all the over-65 taxpayers in the U.S. are probably overpaying their income taxes. That would include at least 4.500,000 of you — and the odds are that among these taxpayers is someone close to you. The most troubled of these taxpayers is the elderly widow who typically has a low or moderate income and very little ex- Sylvia Porter turn for help and therefore. perience in paying taxes. For needlessly overpay their taxes. her, the tax law is a maze of What’s more, the elderly often bafflegab and the tax form’s tend to lean over backwards to pitfalls are terrible.    be sure they meet their tax In far too many cases, these obligations and, year after year, individuals are totally unaware they go on shouldering a disproof legitimate deductions, cred- portionate share of the tax bur-its, and exemptions which can den. It has long been acknowl-save them precious dollars; in edged that no group in America other cases, they are utterly has been more responsive to baffled by Form 1040 with its their citizenship duties than per-accompanving schedules, sup- sons past 65 years of age. plementary statements, and re- To help meet this problem, quire deductions; in still others, Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho), they are just overwhelmed by chairman of the senate commit-the task, don't know where lo tee on aging, has just published a “Checklist of Itemized Dedue-isave money do not claim the tions” in large type to provide    credit on their    tax return. This guidance on what form    the el-    is a dreadul commentary on    our derly taxpayer should    choose    tax laws and    on tin' way    we and what deductions are avail-1 allow our elderly to be vocable but not well-known to timized. them.    with    the sponsorship that this The checklist can be obtained legislation has attracted in both by sending 35 cents to the Su- houses, it seems inconceivable perintendent of Documents, U.S. that it won’t become law —• and Government Printing Office, the sooner the bettor, for obvi-Washington, D C. 20402    (Stock ohs reasons, number 5270-02228). At the very Meanwhile, the more circula-least, this inexpensive document tion that checklist gets, also the should bo made available at all better. And the more the IRS places where the elderly congre- steps up its efforts to bring the g‘de.    Tax-Aide    for tho elderly pro- In addition. Church - with 44 gram to the attention of elderly co-sponsors, including both the taxpayers everywhere, the bet-majotity and minority leaders ter. A genuine ‘national commit-of the senate — has introduced ment to this should be the mini-the Older Americans Tax Conn- ! mum as April 15 nears. Educational Projects on VD Control Are Scheduled seling Assistance Act, to expand and improve the extraordinarily successful Tax-Aide for the elderly program, administered by the Institute of Lifetime Learn- And what if you have already filed your tax return, omitting deductions to which you are entitled — either for 1973 or previous years? Then just get Plans for two major educational projects in venereal dis ease control were mapped Monday afternoon at a meeting of the 15 organization Cedar Ra-pids-Marion Venereal Disease Task Force. Training has been completed for a corps of speakers, Mrs. Clinton Dennis, chairman of the task force, reported at the meeting in St. Luke’s hospital. “It should be emphasized that the task force’s efforts are all in the area of health education, not sex education,” Mrs. Dennis j project said, “with the aim of eradication of venereal disease.” , The first educational project!    . will be to promote use of the IC maT speakers bureau by groups and!    ,    ,. .....    . organizations throughout the Iavallable for distribution rn the ;coinmunity-wide effort. Details of that project are being worked Second Project    out training workshop conducted by representatives of the state department of health and the Linn county department of health,” Mrs. Dennis said. The speakers are available to speak before all age groups, including adult organizations and junior and senior high groups. Tho task force board also approved mailing of about 500 letters to civic, church, fraternal, school and other organizations to outline the speakers bureau School Board Notes lowing certified staff members were g r a n t e d professional The Cedar Rapids Community European tour set for the sum-school board Monday night gave mer. first reading to two policies set- jn personnej matters, the foiling out job descriptions of school principals. Principals are to give educational leadership to students and leaves: Judy A. Eikanger, Leslie staff, are responsible for con- Jose. Harriet Kalinsky. Linda L. ducting the school program, and Lewis. Beverly McAllister, Jo are accountable for operating Ann Schultz, and Lenora the schools in compliance with Webster. Geraldine R. Hasley existing board policies and pro- was granted a maternity leave, cedures.    Resignations were accepted The board set 7:30 p.m. April from Byron Bell, Kathleen 15 as the date for a public hearing on lockers for McKinley and Roosevelt. Preliminary approval of plans, specifications, and Cohn, Norris Dobbin, Sue A. Kadin, Patti Kommer, Juanita Slinkard and Ellen Sup. Classified appointments were ing of the National Retired Form 1040X from your local Teachers Assn. - American Director of Internal* Revenue, Assn. of Retired Persons. Com-! fill it out and file it. The form is panion legislation in the house a simple, one-sheet form which also has strong bipartisan sup- merely asks for the changes port.    j    which would cancel your error Last year, the IRS trained I or errors. 2.500 elderly counselors as part of the volunteer income tax assistance program (VITA). This bill would broaden the training and technical assistance among | the volunteer consultants — most of whom could be elderly! persons themselves and who, as Church says, “not only have! ability but time, the desire to use their time in good causes, and who are able to obtain the confidence of other older peo-| pie.” The bill would permit the volunteers to be reimbursed for their actual out-of-pocket expenses incurred in training or providing assistance under the VITA program. Apply Soon if Social Security Number Needed Students and others planning to get summer jobs should apply soon for a social security number if they don’t have one, James Wood, Cedar Rapids social security district manager, reported. “Applications for persons who don’t recall having had a social security number before generally are screened against central files in Baltimore to make sure a second number isn’t issued to the same person,” Wood explained. “Screening takes time, so you should apply for your number several weeks before you need it.” Information about applying for a social security number can be obtained by calling, writing or visiting any social security office. More than nine out of ten jobs are covered by social security. “Your social security number is your alone and remains the same for life,” Wood said. “A worker builds retirement, vited    to    coniact the    Cedar    cees,    Linn    County    Pharmaceu-q u e s t e d    British censors to! disability, survivors and Medi- Rapids    Jaycees’ office, 364-5135.    tical Assn.,    Foundation II,    Fed- suppress political news in dis-    care protection by work and “All    of    the speakers    earlier    oral    Government    VD    Task patches for    American newspa-    earnings credited to his social public schools, municipal government, family planning clinic, Linn county health center, the mayor’s youth council, and both St. Luke’s and Mercy hospitals as well as the auxiliaries of both hospitals. Salvation Army Youth To Meet This Weekend About 25 members of the Cedar Rapids Salvation Army Youth council will join 300 other young people from Iowa and Illinois for a “Youth Weekend” at Galena, 111., Saturday and Sunday. Mrs. Eugene Adney of the Sal- lereal disease will be area. The second project will handle distribution next month of edu- ,,    ...    .....    ,vation    Army    corps    staff    said I amphlets A\ nibble | Wednesday tile two-day outing 37,000 pamphlets with will be a combination recrea-mation about the con-jtfon and discussion session. Purpose will be to exchange ideas on activities for youth councils, which serve young people from 14 to 30 years of age. Sessions will be at Chestnut lodge near Galena. * * * The 15 organizations which cational material to homes have members working on the throughout Cedar Rapids. I task force are the Linn County Program chairmen interested Medical Society, Linn county I as E. Dewey’s statement that in scheduling speakers were in- public health department, Jay- the state department had re- 30 YEARS AGO — Secretary of State Hull denied Gov. Thom- this month participated in a Force committee, Cedar Rapids I pers. 'security number.” Satisfaction Guaranteed • Replacement or Money Refunded Values for your home . . . Values specially for you! Closed Session Elephant Raids form of contract was given by granted to Becky Stuckenschnei- Also* and most important, the the board Monday night.    der and June A. Taylor, and kill would authorize the IRS to The contract for the lockers changes of position were grant- conduct a retirement income will be awarded April 29 after od Joseph G. Bentley, Lila r* .help assure that all per-bids are received April 24. Jackson and Ruth Reifschneider jsons agible for this provision 1 ti •    *    j    take advantage of this tax relief Resignations were accepted measure __ « ticu,arlv com_ cc „ . I J0? J G    polling need. At the request of Supt. Craig A. Jordan.    Leadl    izations jn * Currie the board voted unwi- pjf Approved fieId °f aging have estimated mously to meet in closed session rrOfeCTS Approved    ^    ^ ^    ^ ^ J following Monday nights board Renovation, remodeling and    derIy    persons    eligible    to use the meeting to discuss a personnel maintenance projects in process; retirement income credit to item.    approved by the board were I______________  | The board gave preliminary $3,000 for remodeling restrooms j approval for engaging Peat, I at the    Educational    Services Warwick, Mitchell and Co., as Center;    $500    for    installing    sepa-,    ^ I ' D I lead    auditing firm, in    coopera-rate rehearsal lights at    Ken-; UOl/p/6    S rQlmS tion    with McGIadrey,    Hansen,    nedy;    $10,000 for removing ten    miami cap» _    Tn Ann Dunn and Co., for auditing the old houses and service station at1 school’s records this year. The McKinley; $800 for removing;vvas awakened at 4    a m. by law requires that this action be partitions, restroom walls and noises outside her suburban reconfirmed and ratified after fixtures in the ESC; $42,500 for home. She peeked outside, then July I.    demolition of old portion of Palo |lurrj0d back to the bedroom Also approved by the board school and repairs to remaining was a request from the Czech portion; SI.250 at Taft and $1,200 and shook her busband school board for the use of three at Harding for replacement of t Roger, there s an elephant classrooms and auditorium at vent fans for dishwashing and *n our yard, she said early Hayes school June 3 through locker rooms; $2,600 for shop -Monday. July 5 for the annual Czech lan-door replacement at Kennedy;! Outside was Myrtle, an In-guage school.    $800 for sealing concrete joints dian elephant with a taste for The board granted permission at the stadium, and $7,000 for palm trees. She had slipped her to plan a two-day camping trip removal of seven houses at Mc- fetters at a nearby circus to Morgan Creek park for Tru- Kinley.    grounds, man    sixth graders May    23-24. The board authorized    pay-    Myrtle downed    a patch of Permission was granted for ment of $1,873,515.34 in general grass, the hearts and leaves of the Franklin junior high school fund bills and $182,061.51 in several palm saplings and one ninth grade annual trip to Chi- schoolhouse fund hilts.    full-grown tree before startled cago    April 26-27, the    Jefferson Lmv bids accepted by    the policeman could    call trainers women s choir extended field board were $4,800 from Carfrae to the scene. The circus prom-trip to St. Louis April 25-28. and Meat Co., Inc., Cedar Rapids, ised compensation, the Kennedy health careers club for 10,000 pounds of half ground    The    Pratts    said it    was the extended field trip to Rochester, beef and half pork, no more third time Myrtle had visited Minn., May 9-11.    than 30 percent texturized vege- their home in a year. Said table protein, and $4,104 from Roger Pratt, 3, as the hungry Charlton Associates of Des pachyderm was led away; The board also approved a Moines for telescopic bleachers “Mama, we’re going to have to request to forward financial de- for Washington swimming pool do something about these deposits for the Washington band’s area.    phants.” Crinkle vinyl sport oxford Reg. $3.33 pr. »2.4 pair Two-eyelet tie style with foam cushioned insole, molded sole. Black, brown, navy, red or white. Sizes 5 to IO. Colorful cotton nylon bikinis $| OO Regular $1.19 Combed cotton assorted prints on colored background. 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