New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday Afternoon, January 7,1993
Serving Comal Cdunty/ Home of Diane Yoe
Vol. 141, No. 34 - Daily 50 cents, Sunday 75 cents
Variety of help services available for the upcoming tax season
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
An audio cassette and video tape are available with simple instructions to help you complete your federal income tax forms.
It's so simple there’s a multi-media teaching aid.
Seriously, it is that time of year so get an early start, sharpen those pencils, get those forms and keep this 800 number haniiy — 1-800-829-1040.
First of all, you should know your rights as a taxpayer. Some of those rights include:
• Free information in over IOO taxpayer publications and various free services. There is a Guide to Free Tax Services and the toll-free number listed above.
Subjects listed in the Guide to Free Tax Services include accident insurance/medical
expense, age 65 or older, baby-sitters, barter income, and beneficiaries. Many of the publications are available in Braille and in
Spanish. Help can also be provided for the hearing impaired via special telephone equipment.
There are education programs for specific groups — farmers, small businesses, etc. Free help is available in preparing returns for low-income and elderly taxpayers.
• Privacy, which means those who prepare your taxes other than the IRS must keep your personal and financial information confidential. The IRS, however, has the right to share your tax information with state tax
agencies, the Department of Justice, other federal agencies and certain foreign governments. You do have the right to know why the IRS is asking for information, how they will use it, and what might happen if you refuse to give the information.
• \Yhen dealing with the IRS you can have someone else represent you or accompany you under certain circumstances.
If during an interview you want to consult an attorney or someone else authorized to represent a taxpayer, the interview can be rescheduled. You can record interviews with the IRS and they can record interviews with you.
• You have the right to plan your business and personal finances so that you will pay the least tax.
• Fair collection of tax means you have the
right to ask for a formal notice so you can dispute taxes you feel arc unfair. If you ask for a formal notice, you do not have to pay the additional tax at the same time if you ask within 60 days of being notified of the error in your return.
You may qualify for an installment payment plan under certain conditions. If the IRS knowing or negligently causes you to suffer economic damages, you can recover your actual damages and certain costs, but you must bring suit within two years of the action.
If the IRS must seize property, they may garnish unemployment and job training benefits, workers' compensation, welCaae, certain disability payments, certain pension benefits. An amount of weekly income equal to your standard deduction minus
allowable personal exemptions divided by 52 cannot be seized.
Your main homestead cannot be seized under certain circumstances.
• You have three years from the date you file or two years from the date you paid whichever is later to file for a refund.
•If you can show reasonable cause for failure to pay that resulted in penalties, the penalties can be canceled. For example, wrong advice from an IRS employee in person or while talking to one on the telephone.
You can find out more about these rights and others by reading the IRS publication “Your Rights as a Taxpayer." The Dittlinger Library has tax forms and IRS services information available now — April 15 is only two months and three weeks away.
By Gary P. Carroll Blaff Writer
The mammography facility at McKenna Memorial Hospital has recently been accredited by the American College of Radiology.
The facility at McKenna was found to be in accordance with the ACR's strict accreditation guidelines which involve evaluations of staff qualifications, equipment evaluations, quality control, X-ray imaging, and the maintenance of acceptable dosage levels.
According to Dr. Brenda Hnatow, radiologist at McKenna, the low-dose system used at the hospital is safe and exposes mammography patients to less radiation than patients receiving chest X-rays. And* the state-of-the-art view boxes, upon which the X-rays arc placed for viewing, allow radiologists to thoroughly examine each X-ray, thus ensuring the patient an accurate interpretaion of the mammogram.
The process of accrediting mammography facilities began in 1987 in response to efforts by the AOR to address concerns by radiologists and patients of ensuring that women receive quality exams and interpretations in facilities with high-quality, low-risk equipment.
Janet McAuliffe, project
coordinator for the mammography accreditation program at the American College of Radiology, said increasing concerns about women's health issues helped get the program off the ground.
“The Food and Drug
Administration determined there was a mammography quality variability," McAuliffe said. This meant that patients who received mammograms could not be sure that the procedure was carried out with a high level of accuracy or reliability. ‘This caused us to begin our process of accrediting mammography facilities," she said.
Each hospital or mammography facility seeking accreditation offers itself up to the scrutiny of the
Holidays cause dropoff in regional blood bank levels
By Gary P. Carroll Staff Wrltar
Along with the cooler weather, the holiday season has brought a decline in blood bank blood reserves around the state. But, Tim Bricrty, director of public relations at McKenna Memorial Hospital, said New Braunfels has not been affected by the blood shortage, and isn’t expected to be.
"We haven’t been affected, and it hasn’t really been a problem," Bricrty said.
He said the holiday season had not put any strain on McKenna's blood reserves, and he docs not foresee any problems.
Although New Braunfels has not been affected by the decrease in blood reserves, officials at the regional blood bank in San Antonio said continued or increased blood usage, coupled with declines in donations, could pose a threat to hospitals in South Texas.
Lee Cumur, director of community resource development for the South Texas Regional Blood Bank, said that the holidays (November through January) are typically the worst months for blood donations and that the declines arc expected because either people do not have the time, or they do not think about donating blood.
"During the holiday season, blood donations decline but usage stays the same." And that, Cumur said, is where blood banks run into their problems.
Cumur said that on the average, the forty county region supplied by the South Texas Regional Blood Bank uses 3(X) pints of blood each day - and donations fall well short of that level during the holidays.
“This drop-off in donations happens each year," Cumur said. “and as much as we try to plan for an expected shortage, we always seem to come up a little short."
Although the blood bank is not in any immediate danger of running out of blood, Cumur said bank representatives are actively involved in encouraging people to donate blood.
"We need to figure out a way to get more people in the community involved in blood drives."
Tim Brierty McKenna Memorial
When a community in the region sponsors a blood drive, the units of blood arc sent to the regional blood bank in San Antonio for processing. The amount of blood sent by each community is then credited to that community's hospital and supplied by the blood bank.
Cumur said it could take up to a month for the blood bank's reserves to reach a safe operating level. The only way to replenish the bank's supply is by encouraging people to donate.
“Our responsibility to the community is to promote the need for organizations to sponsor blood drives," Cumur said. “Eighty percent of our blood reserves come from community sponsored blood drives, so that’s where we concentrate our efforts."
Brierty said McKenna hospital sponsors several blood drives each year, and there is a problem, stimulating more community involvement.
“We need to figure out a way to get more people in the community involved in the blood drives," Brierty said.
There arc currently two blood drives scheduled in the New Braunfels area during January.
The first, sponsored by the First Protestant Church in New Braunfels, is scheduled for Sunday Jan. IO from 8:30 a m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Seele Parish House on CollSt.
The second blood drive, is sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake, is scheduled for Saturday Jan.16 in the church parking lot from IO a.m. to 2 p.m.
ACR's accreditation process.
“Facilities have to ask us to come in for the accreditation process," McAuliffe said. “It is purely a voluntary program and it is not something that is required."
Part of the accrediting process involves each hospital submitting images produced by their machines which are reviewed by A.C.R. radiologists for the image's clarity and ease and accuracy of
Another step involves on-site inspection of facilities and
dosemeter checks of X-ray
machines to ensure the radiation is
within safe operating levels.
McAuliffe said that the facility must pass all phases of the process to be accredited. If a facility fails in any areas, the ACR educates physicians and radiologists on how to improve the facility for future accreditation consideration.
The ACR also is involved in training physicians on ways to educate the public regarding the issue of early detection of breast cancer via mammography, and both McAuliffe and Hnatow feel these efforts are beginning to pay off.
Hnatow and McAuliffe said they
have noticed a steady increase in the number of women asking about accredited mammography facilities.
“I didn’t realize that the public was aware of the accreditation process," Hnatow said. “Before we were accredited, a lot of people called to make an appointment and when they found out we weren’t accredited they hung up."
One out of every nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and Hnatow said she encourages womcnt to be screened.
McKenna is currently in the process of applying for accredtation for a second mamography machine.
Linda Ebling, director of radiology at McKenna Memorial Hospital stands next to the hospitals mammography machine that was recently accredited by the American College of Radiology (Photo by John Huseth)
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zcitung sends Birthday wishes to David Sullens, Diane Yoe, Sylvia Luna Griffith, Aleene Tonne Dedekc, Juan Carlos Moreno and Thomas Jason Vallejo, III. Belated birthday wishes go to Reyes Medellin, Sr.
Making Waves Hair Salon will hold a Cut-a-thon Sunday, Jan. IO, from I to 3 p.m. to raisemoney for the Canyon and New Braunfels Future Farmers of America Booster Clubs. A haircut will cost $5. Appointments will be taken for Quick-Glitzes to be done at a later date.
Step aerobic class
New Braunfels Independent School District is offering a Step aerobic classes at the Academy Street Gym. Mondays through Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. It costs $8 per month or $1.50 per class. The class includes toning with light hand weights and floor work. Please furnish your own weights. For more information, call 620-6200.
Nominations are now being acceptedby the New Braunfels Guild Chapter for the Mid-Texas Symphony’s 1993-94 Debutante program. Girls now in their junior year at New Braunfels,
Canyon or Smithson Valley High Schools are eligible. Information about requirements and nomination forms can be obtained at First Choice in Landmark Square or by callling 620-0528. Completed forms must be returned by Jan. 31 to Paula Spitzer, Rt. 8 Box 64-C, New Braunfels, TX 78132.
The Fischer Store School Community Center at the northeast comer of intersection of Hwy. 32 and Hwy. 484 is having a chili supper Jan. 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. The menu includes chili, beans tamales, dessert and beverage for a cost of $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12-years-old. For more information, call 935-2176.
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