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An editorial by Editor Mysi Girdlestone
This year I am working with my mom at Mary’s Tax Service here in Eagle, NE. We have already received so many questions because people are uncertain when or if they even have to file this year with the previous government shutdown and a potential for another one looming on the horizon.
The IRS has confirmed that they began processing returns on January 28th, 2019. They stated they will provide refunds as scheduled despite the shutdown. This year filing deadline for 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15th, 2019. The exception to that is if you live in Maine or Massachusetts, then you have until April 17th due to public holidays in those states.
There were many changes to the tax law for this year but here are a couple changes that you should be aware of:
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) almost doubled the standard deduction for most taxpayers which is awesome. But it eliminated personal exemptions for yourself, your spouse, and/or your dependents for at least 2018 through 2025. This also means that fewer taxpayers are able to itemize then in previous years.
This higher standard deduction may or may not make up for the loss of personal and dependent exemptions. I have seen it both ways at this point. Some of my clients so far are receiving less back and some are seeing higher returns than they have in the past. I would recommend scheduling an appointment with me to go over your specific tax situation.
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The new law also doubled the Child Tax Credit to $2000. Under this law a qualifying child must have a Social Security Number in order to claim the Child Tax Credit (CTC). To be a qualifying child for the CTC they must be a citizen, national, or resident of the United States and must not have attained 17 years of age by the end of 2018.
The IRS urges employees to perform a Paycheck Checkup. You can do that by using the Withholding Calculator, available on IRS.gov CLICK HERE.
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LPSNRD Tree Program
The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District will begin its annual bare-root tree seedling sales program (i.e. Conservation Forestry Program) starting November 1 st . Anyone within the Lower Platte South NRD is welcome to purchase trees. These bare-root trees/shrubs are offered for less than $1 apiece. All species are sold in bundles of 25. There are over 40 different species available, with windbreak classics like Colorado Blue Spruce & Ponderosa Pine, to wildlife friendly shrubs like Chokecherry & American Plum and some forest giants like Bur Oak & Black Walnut. The NRD is also excited to offer some new species this year such as Bald Cypress, Sycamore and Redbud. Please visit www.lpsnrd.org/programs/trees for complete species list and ordering information. You can purchase them online or by mailing in the printable brochure. The NRD will take orders until March 22 nd 2019 with trees expected to arrive by Arbor Day. Please visit www.lpsnrd.org for additional information.
Governor Pete Ricketts announced that Matt Mason of Omaha has been designated as Nebraska’s next State Poet. The selection process was led by the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska, and the Nebraska Library Commission, a group of state agencies and organizations that together presented finalists to the Governor for consideration. Mason will be installed as Nebraska State Poet 2019-2023 during a ceremony that will be announced at a later date.
“From Willa Cather to Ted Kooser, Nebraska has been home to many talented authors, artists, and poets,” said Governor Ricketts. “As our next State Poet, Matt will help celebrate Nebraska and bring our state together around our shared love of the Good Life.”
The Nebraska State Poet is selected based on artistic excellence and exemplary professionalism demonstrated by significant publications and special honors, an established history of community service in the advancement of poetry in Nebraska, and the ability to present poetry and interact effectively with a public audience.
Mason is executive director of the Nebraska Writers Collective, through which he has run the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains youth poetry festival each year since 2011. He is a former board president of the Nebraska Center for the Book and has served as the Nebraska State Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud, a Poetry Foundation/National Education Association program. He also edits PoetryMenu.com, a listing of every poetry event in the state of Nebraska.
Additionally, Mason has won a Pushcart Prize and two Nebraska Book Awards (for Poetry in 2007 and Anthology in 2006) for his own work. He represented Nebraska as a member of six teams at the National Poetry Slam, and he represented the United States as an organizer of the U.S. Department of State poetry programing in Romania, Nepal, Botswana, and Belarus.
“Poetry and poetry advocacy have been my life's real project, so being honored like this is amazing and humbling,” Mason said. “I hope to get into communities around the state to do readings with authors there. I want to get to the different counties, to the Air Force Base, to different crowds and bring entertaining poetry as well as remind everyone of the poets already there in their communities.”
As Nebraska State Poet, Mason will serve a five-year renewable term as an advocate for poetry, literacy, and literature in Nebraska. His duties will include giving public presentations and readings, leading workshops and discussions, and providing other outreach in schools, libraries, literary festivals, and various venues in rural and urban communities throughout the state.
The position of Nebraska Poet Laureate was established in 1921 when John G. Neihardt, whose most famous work includes “Black Elk Speaks” and “Cycle of the West,” was appointed by the Legislature. In 1982, William Kloefkorn was appointed as Nebraska State Poet by Governor Charles Thone. Kloefkorn served as State Poet for 29 years until his death in May 2011. Twyla M. Hansen, winner of two Nebraska Book Awards and co-director of the website, “Poetry from the Plains: A Nebraska Perspective,” served from 2013-2018.
To learn more about Matt Mason, visit his website at matt.midverse.com or his official page at the Humanities Nebraska website by clicking here. For information about hosting the state poet with the Nebraska Arts Council’s “Presenting the State Poet” grants, visit artscouncil.nebraska.gov or contact the office at (402) 595-2122.
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