In a rush to claim the home owner tax benefits Congress reinstated? Not so fast. The IRS isn’t ready to accept your tax returns. Congress’s down-to-the-wire fiscal cliff deal on tax changes, which included some goodies for home owners, has put the IRS behind the eight ball. It’s scrambling to create new tax forms and modify old ones to reflect the tax code changes.
Congress resurrected: Mortgage cancellation relief, Energy tax credit, and the The PMI deduction. The IRS was planning to have the 1040 on its website by Jan. 22. But now, it’s going to be Jan. 30. That means you can’t file your return until Jan. 30. But if you’re claiming the energy credits with Form 5695, you’ll have to wait longer. The IRS doesn’t even know when that form, along with many others, will be available. End of February? Beginning of March? (Houselogic 1/15/13)
… She played a pivotal role in bringing about the desegregation of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in the turbulent period following Pearl Harbor. An immigrant from Barbados in the West Indies, Staupers became aware of the wide disparity between black and white healthcare when surveying the health needs of residents in her Harlem community for the New York Tuberculosis and Health Association in 1922. Her desire to reform the system and improve healthcare for the black community propelled her to become executive secretary of the Harlem Committee of the New York Tuberculosis and Health Association and of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses. With this experience and a keen awareness of political timing, she successfully pressured the government to admit black nurses into the armed forces during WWII, and after the war went on to achieve the integration of the American Nursing Association in 1948.