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First Lady Michelle Obama kicks off MomsRising.org’s “Food Power” Conference with video appeal to fight childhood obesity

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Grassroots group kicks off National Nutrition Month with screening of award-winning film “Soul Food Junkies”


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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — MomsRising.org answered First Lady Michelle Obama’s call for parents to get involved in the fight against childhood obesity. The grassroots organization kicked off National Nutrition Month with a “Food Power” conference and film screening to promote healthy eating habits and urge participants to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) recently released guidelines on school meals.

A video welcome from the First Lady motivated moms, dads, bloggers, and community activists gathered in Brooklyn, NY. “I’m so thrilled to have MomsRising.org and all of your grassroots muscle and passion working right by our side because as we’ve seen again and again through ‘Let’s Move,’ people like you play a vitally important role in helping our kids eat healthier and get the physical activity they need,” Obama said. “If you all are not leading the way in your community then who will?”

African American children suffer disproportionately from obesity. A 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report revealed that African American women were 70% more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic White women and African American girls were 80% more likely to be overweight than Non-Hispanic White girls. This crisis prompted MomsRising.org, an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization with more than 1.1 million members, to team up with filmmaker Byron Hurt to screen his award winning documentary “Soul Food Junkies” at the “Food Power” gatherings.

“We’re very excited to be working on the same path that Mrs. Obama and Byron Hurt are to improve children’s health,” said MomsRising.org executive director, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner. “Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. and we all need to work together to reverse this dangerous and deadly trend.”

“Soul Food Junkies” (www.itvs.org/films/soul-food-junkies) offers a sometimes humorous exploration of the Black community’s affinity for foods like fried chicken, fat-flavored collard greens, and fried pork chops, despite the fact that these foods increase risks for diabetes, high blood pressure, stokes, heart disease and obesity. Inspired by the premature death of his father, Hurt traces the origins of soul food back to slavery and encourages healthier approaches to soul food preparation. The film features appearances from activist/comedian, Dick Gregory; poet, Sonia Sanchez; writer, Michaela Angela Davis; and commentator Marc Lamont Hill.

In addition to the film screening, several parents shared personal stories about their battle to get their families to eat healthier meals. A panel of experts discussed practical ways to defeat the epidemic of childhood obesity. As MomsRising.org is focused on taking action, the break-out sessions provided attendees with a choice of three campaigns to sign-on to: How to get junk food out of school, how to stop junk food marketing to children, and breastfeeding, health care and preventing childhood obesity.

“Each of our workshops focused on action and provided participants with the tools to get engaged,” said Monifa Bandele, campaign manager, MomsRising.org. “The attendees left the ‘Food Power’ conference with marching orders to heed First Lady Michelle Obama’s call for the community to act.”

Speakers at the Brooklyn launch event included Karen Showalter, MomsRising.org; Dr. Aletha Maybank, NYC Dept. of Public Health; dream hampton, MomsRising.org; Migdalia Rivera, LatinaOnAMission.com; Tanya Fields, Brown Girl Swagger; Lorraine Gonzalez, Children’s Defense Fund; Jessica Donze Black, Kids Safe and Healthful Foods; and Joy Spencer, Center for Digital Democracy, among others.

MomsRising.org is challenging childhood obesity through improving school meals. The issue of nutrition and the role of schools foods in contributing to childhood obesity are gaining currency. The USDA recently opened up a 60-day comment period on its updated national nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold through vending machines and a la carte lines.

The recent “Food Power” conference is just one of many planned events around the country as MomsRising.org gathers support and gains awareness for its cause. The next event – a film screening and panel discussion – will take place in Detroit, MI at the Fellowship Chapel on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00.The free event is open to the public.

About MomsRising.org
MomsRising.org is an online and on-the-ground grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to achieve economic security for all families in the United States. MomsRising is working for paid family leave, flexible work options, affordable childcare, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination that penalizes so many others. MomsRising also advocates for health care for all, toxic-free environments, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families. In 2012, Forbes.com named MomsRising’s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the third year in a row. In 2013, Working Mother magazine included MomsRising on its “Best of the Net” list. For more details, visit www.MomsRising.org

The State of Equality and Justice in America: The Urgency of Now Must be Taken Seriously

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The ninth op-ed of the series: “The State of Equality and Justice in America” 

 
justiceThe State of Equality and Justice in America: The Urgency of Now must be taken seriously

 

By Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian 

 

 

We must take the urgency of now very seriously. Not just because of the pending 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, but because the future of America’s people; especially those who have been long oppressed, depends on right now.

Since the beginning of this country, the one thing that has never been fully decided is who will truly determine this nation’s future? Will it be America’s truly wealthy – the 1 percent who can decide every political and economic move in the richest and mightiest country in the world? And who, with the economic 1 percent of Europe and Asia, could take over every major decision in this global world? Would it be them or would it be “We the people”?

It is clear by studying recent events; coupled with patterns of history, that the democratic principle of “We the people” is constantly endangered by plutocratic mindsets, those who are often controlled by greed and quests for power. Plutocracy, according to Webster, is one, “Government by wealthy people”; two, “A society governed by wealthy people”; or three, “A ruling class whose power is based on their wealth.”

I caution that America could succumb to this social mindset – if we do not continue to stand guard using our democratic powers of “We the people” to the fullest. Take the last presidential election, for instance. Mitt Romney, in his derogatory comment about the so-called “47 percent” of people who he claimed “are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims” and who “pay no income tax” – appeared to dismiss nearly half of American voters. He even said, “… and so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

These derogatory comments appeared to signal a move to exclude people of a certain social status. Moreover, it appeared as a move to keep the concept of “We the people” alive while denying it in practice. What would have or could have happened had he prevailed?

It is important to note that throughout history, struggles for equality and justice in America have continued to move from victory to setback and from setback to victory. In fact, about every 30 to 35 years, there’s a new movement in this country. The civil rights movement was the last one. The one before that was the labor movement. Somewhere between 35 and 40 years, there’s always a new people’s movement. This time, it’s the continuation of the civil rights movement, which includes the movement on behalf of the poor.

At the blessed age of 88, I recall the degradation of segregation and Jim Crow. I struggled for justice through the freedom rides and alongside Dr. King. I marched on Washington on August 28, 1963 and I was there to ultimately rejoice at the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. And then we suddenly found ourselves mourning upon the assassination of my dear friend and brother, Dr. King, in 1968. He was only in Memphis for the cause of the sanitation workers, the poor, the struggling, and the oppressed who were suffering unequal wages and working conditions.

Fast forward, to see America elect and then re-elect its first Black president nearly 50 years later is reason to rejoice. And yet even President Obama’s inaugural speech called for honest labor wages that “liberate families from the brink of hardship.”

This is a clear reason that we must continue to march to the polls as well as to take up our banners and plead our causes. We must win our battles in the basic old-fashioned way that it has historically worked – with non-violent direct action protests, coupled with the vote. In doing so, our movement will continue to grow.

A newsman once asked Dr. King, “How many members do you have?” When Martin answered, the newsman retorted, “Well that doesn’t represent much of Black America”. But then Dr. King said something that is so very relevant in the 21st century. He said, “We don’t operate through membership. We operate knowing that if we’re right, people will follow us.”

The state of equality and justice in America is a continued struggle for the poor despite all of the strides America has made. The urgency of now is to maintain the power and sanctity of the vote, which has become the greatest power held by the poor. As Dr. King said, if we do what is right, others will follow us. This is the power of “We the people”.

The Rev. C.T. Vivian is national president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was also a close friend, lieutenant and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.This article – the ninth of a 20-part series – is written in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The Lawyers’ Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today. For more information, please visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

Editor’s Note:  “The State of Equality and Justice in America” is a 20-part series of columns written by an all-star list of contributors to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The contributors include: U. S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) LCCRUL 50th Anniversary Grand Marshal; Ms. Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL); Mr. Charles Ogletree, Professor, Harvard University Law School/Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice; the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., President/CEO, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; the Rev. Joseph Lowery, Co-founder, Southern Christian Leadership Conference; U. S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.); and 14 additional thought leaders and national advocates for equal justice.

 

When The World Was Black: The Untold History of the World’s First Civilizations in two volumes

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“This is Black history the way it should be taught”


Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — What is Black History anyway? Should it focus primarily on the Black experience in the United States, from the beginning of slavery up to the Civil Rights movement? Is that all there is to know? If not, how far back in time does “Black history” go? And how much of our world should be included in this story?

These two questions provided the direction for a groundbreaking new book titled When the World Was Black: The Untold History of the World’s First Civilizations set to release this month, February 2013. In When the World was Black, author Supreme Understanding explores over 200,000 years of history, scouring the entire globe for the important roles played by Black people in founding the world’s oldest cultures and civilizations. Despite his unconventional name, Supreme Understanding is a credible scholar. After completing studies in History at Morehouse College, he completed a doctorate in education, specifically focusing on how best to develop curriculum for at-risk youth. After post-graduate studies spanning five continents, he set out to develop a new model for the study of Black History.

The resulting product was When the World was Black, a two-volume text spanning over 900 pages. Together, the two volumes cover over 200,000 years of Black history, and over 100 countries. “This is heavy stuff, so I wanted to make sure it would be easy enough for a high school student to read and enjoy,” Understanding says. “So I drew on my experience writing curriculum to make these books reader-friendly, even for people who don’t like reading about anything, much less about history.” He notes that, for many young adults, history seems “boring” or “irrelevant.”

To combat these notions, When the World was Black couples over 1,000 endnotes with over 200 photographs and maps, many of them in full-color. Readers will also encounter liberal doses of humor, plenty of explanations in layman’s terms, as well as discussions of the modern-day consequences of past events. The book has already attracted the attention of scholars, like renowned historian Runoko Rashidi, who wrote the book’s foreword.

On March 10th, When the World was Black will be available at all booksellers and online at www.whentheworldwasblack.com

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Father Pfleger to Legislators: ‘Fix the Pension Plan, or Don’t get Paid’

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‘Somebody ought to be mad as hell’

By Chinta Strausberg

Turning his attention to Springfield, Father Michael L. Pfleger Sunday said with the exception of Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins, he has a problem with Gov. Pat Quinn vowing to balance his $35.6 billion budget by cutting $400 million from public education but before that happens state lawmakers must not get paid.

“We should have been out in the streets the day that was announced saying ‘hell no. You are not going to cut public education.,’” said Pfleger. “Our schools are already messed up. You’re not going to take more from our children…. “

Facing a string of criticism because of $10 billion in unpaid bills, unable to strike a deal on a $96 billion pension plan that reportedly increases by a whopping $17 million a day, Gov. Quinn recently revealed his plans to cut $400 million from education during his budget address.

Turning to Senator Collins, who is a member of Saint Sabina, Pfleger said of legislators, “If you can’t get the pension right in Springfield, and Senator I respect you, and I know you’re on the right side, then no legislator should get paid in Springfield until they get the pension settled…. Somebody ought to be mad as hell,” he bellowed.

“If we’re just pursuing justice and doing the right thing…if we are really our brothers and sisters’ keeper, then I don’t want to ignore them or kick them like some invisible person.

“There are not two America’s, the rich and everybody else,” said Pfleger. In a just system, Pfleger said everybody should get an education. In a just system everybody gets health care…every child gets a chance to reach his or her dream.” He said an unjust system couldn’t continue to exist.

“Where’s the church? I understand. Government ain’t saying nothing. They screwed up, but where is the church? Where are we today or are we like Israel” supporting the wealthy and not caring about the poor? Or are you hoping you won’t be one of them,” he said quoting from Micah 6:8. “Well you are or you’re a step away” from being poor.

“Something is wrong if we’re going to act selfishly and we’re going to pursue justice and righteousness, then we have to use our money to develop minds…not missiles, not bombs, not drones…. We need some justice in our neighborhoods,” he bellowed.

Pfleger said if people believe that “peace is better than war, that love is still stronger than hate, that non-violence is still stronger than violence, that truth is still better than lies, if you don’t believe that then get up out of there. Why are you here wasting your time? Go sit at City Hall…Springfield. Go sit in D.C….”

Pfleger said don’t get angry with the messenger rather “You ought to be mad at people in government who allow this system to be what it is.”

Father Pfleger told of how he was recently with Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan who asked a child what did he want to be when he grew up. “The child said, ‘If I grow up, I want to be a doctor.’ “What child in America today should wonder if he or she will grow up? If you want to have justice, to pursue righteousness, then you got to be the voice today that understand that God doesn’t change, neither do I.”

Pfleger said when people question why he’s involved in politics; he has an answer for them. “What the hell you’re talking about? Politics govern how we live. Politics governs where the money goes? Politics governs what happens…how you get a mortgage…governs how we eat…governs the education your child gets…how you get help with the healthcare system….

“Politics make the decisions…I don’t believe in separation of state. I come and sit at the table. I know I wasn’t invited but I don’t come here representing you…. I didn’t come to take a picture with you…. Stop trying to be politically correct….

“You should make Democrats and Republicans mad. Jesus didn’t come to be a Democrat. Jesus didn’t come to be a Republican. He came to take over Democrats and Republicans. He said I’ve come to do my father’s business,” Pfleger told the church challenging them to make somebody mad in the name of justice. Do what is just. Do what is right. Pursue righteousness.”

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

The Second Worst Thing: The Racially Offensive Mischaracterization of the Housing Bubble

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By Dedrick Muhammad
Last week, Bloomberg Businessweek magazine released its latest issue to much-deserved uproar and outrage. On its cover, the magazine featured Jim Crow-esque caricatures that portrayed people of color as money hungry and implicitly suggested that they will cause a future housing bubble. Unfortunately, this offensive image is only the second worst thing about this cover.
Since the housing bubble burst in 2008, a myth has been perpetuated that minorities, not predatory lenders, are responsible for and profiteers of housing bubbles. The implications of this false narrative are particularly problematic as they can inform the very economic and housing policies that will determine the availability of homeownership for most Americans today.
Discriminatory lending has existed in the housing market since the Great Depression, when government incentivized homeownership chiefly for white Americans. Homeownership – the primary source of wealth – catapulted many white Americans to the middle class, leaving African Americans behind. The result – an economic chasm between whites and blacks now commonly referred to as the racial wealth divide.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the civil rights community helped convince the government to enact policies to break down many barriers for African American homeownership. But, many of these gains were eroded with the onset of deregulation. During the 2000s housing bubble, minority borrowers were near 30 percent more likely to be sold a subprime high-cost loan than a homeowner in a white suburb. And African-Americans with similar credit profiles and down-payment ratios to white borrowers were more likely to be given subprime loans as well. Mortgage lenders and brokers were even incentivized to exploit minority borrowers as lenders were paid more to push them towards riskier products and not underwrite their loans.

By 2008, the housing bubble burst due to reckless banking and the mortgage market was in freefall. While foreclosure rates skyrocketed all over the country, communities of color experienced disproportionate rate of foreclosures and lost a disproportionate amount of wealth. White families in America lost 16 percent of their net worth on average while black, and Hispanic families lost 53% and 66% respectively.

In fact, the erosion of wealth in minority communities was so severe that a recent study finds the ratio of wealth between black and white families has tripled over the past 25 years.
However, with all this documented history, many Americans still believe that racial inequality is related to individual behavior, choices, character, marriage and child bearing. As Thomas Shapiro of the Institute on Assets at Brandeis University notes, “homeownership has been the biggest cause of racial wealth disparity.”

Though Bloomberg Businessweek’s actual article, “The Great American Housing Rebound”, notes how homeowners have yet to recover from the financial crisis, the corresponding cover only included Blacks and Latinos in a home surrounded by mounds of dollars. Apparently, and to our profound disappointment, the editorial team decided it was an “easier sell” to have a cover scapegoating minorities for a possible second housing bubble than a cover that honored the facts in their very own article.

Faced with a vocal response, BusinessWeek issued a classic “non-apology” expressing regret for the strong reactions their cover may have generated. They then, ironically, attempted to scapegoat their Latino illustrator for the offensive and misleading cover art. We cannot let Businessweek off the hook for this grave offense.

Bloomberg Businessweek needs to respond to the demands put forth by organizations like the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development and the Center For Responsible Lending. We are asking Businessweek to take full responsibility and appropriate action for their outrageous cover and to print a story on the importance of homeownership particularly for communities of color. Such a well-regarded magazine such as Bloomberg Businessweek should welcome the opportunity to set the record straight on this important economic issue. And organizations like the NAACP look forward to the day they do.
Dedrick Muhammad is director of the Economic Department of the NAACP. He can be reached at 410-580-5777.

State Superintendent of Education to testify before the House Appropriations for Elementary and Secondary Education Committee

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State Board advocating for full General State Aid funding as required under Illinois law

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch will testify before the House Appropriations for Elementary and Secondary Education Committee at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Statehouse in Springfield. State Board Members will join Superintendent Koch at the hearing.

The committee, chaired by state Rep. Will Davis, will discuss the State Board’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget recommendation, which aims to fully fund General State Aid at the level set in Illinois law by the legislature.

Koch will testify on Board’s FY14 Budget Recommendation, Tuesday, March 12 at 3 p.m., Room C-1 Stratton Building

“We are not Scared Negroes, British Petroleum (BP)!”

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PENSACOLA, FL – Thousands marched against BP on Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama on March 3, 2013. Charles Steele, CEO of National Southern Christian Leadership International Conference (SCLC), Don Cash, Vice President of National SCLC and Art Rocker, Chairman of Florida SCLC and Chairman of Operation People for Peace, Inc. led the march with various SCLC chapter leaders and 1000’s of people from the Gulf Coast Region. This group marched against many issues but primarily against BP who has not paid the claims of the underserved and underrepresented. In the Gulf Coast, the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill affected 1.4 million jobs, destroyed over a 416 billion dollar seafood industry, a 50 billion dollar cash industry and killed 11 rig workers and caused 17 injuries according to the US Department of Justice.
Charles Steele said, “BP, I am coming for the funding for the underserved and the underrepresented. I am coming to collect.”

Steele continued, “Too many have died, too many are hungry, too many are crying and we are not scared Negroes. We want restitution, not promises of mules but restitution in cash for all Churches, maids, small businessmen, fishermen, and people who have worked in cash industries and don’t have receipts that should still be paid,” said Steele.

“We must provide a program for those in need. British Petroleum, you destroyed the environment and in the process you killed workers, now you should pay the people.” Steele added, speaking at a rally with over 1000 plus people at First Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama and he vowed to discuss BP with International leadership in Russia and other countries where he is organizing chapters and donors.
Art Rocker stated, “BP is trying to pay the Federal Government and the States so they will provide social services to the people, but we want the funding to come from BP and go directly to the ones in need.” Rocker continued, “On our visit to BP in London, BP Bob Dudley’s corporate official requested that we return to America and get the claims paid and then the company reneged on the payments.

Rocker said, “This organizing of leaders and our youth is a prelude to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with 1 million plus on April 24, 2013, commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. We are coming with strong international leaders to support our discussion against BP. British Petroleum places greed over safety and we are going to March and wake up America and the World on BP. We are also dealing with Equality for All, Environmental devastation and disruption, military families in need, gun violence, and voters suppression. We are also marching for nonviolence and peace. We are bringing youth, ages 17 and up with parents and chaperones to let BP know we won’t turn back.”

NBNA Scholarship Program For Black Nurses

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Deadline is April 15, 2013

Nationwide — The NBNA Scholarship Program offers 14 scholarships each year to students pursuing a career in nursing. The scholarships are based on merit and financial need.

Eligible students must be enrolled full-time at a two-year or four-year college or university pursuing a Bachelors, Associate, or L.P.N. degree with at least one year of school remaining. Applicants need to be active in student nursing activities as well as African-American activities in the community.

The scholarships are funded by the National Black Nurses Association, Inc., founded in 1971 as a non-profit organization in the state of Ohio.

For more details and/or to apply, visit: www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/02/nbna-scholarship-program-for-black-nurses.html

Top Tax Tips from your Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – During this tax season, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Chicago and Northern Illinois advises taxpayers to avoid making common mistakes by using caution when selecting tax preparation help. This step will avoid headaches, fines or fees if the return is not correct or filed late.

In the past 12-month period the number of inquiries about tax return preparation received by the BBB rose to 10,925 from 8,052. This was an increase of 36 percent.

“A tax refund can provide much-needed aid for families enduring financial hardship,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “The increase in our inquiries about tax preparation shows that people are being more cautious about who they choose for assistance in their taxes. Your BBB advises taking the time to be thorough the first time around to avoid a headache in the future.”

The BBB offers the following tips for individuals still working on their returns:

  • Research tax preparers you can trust for free at www.bbb.org
  • Be wary of Tax Refund Anticipation Loans. This is a loan provided by a third party against a taxpayer’s expected refund. The tax refund anticipation loan is not provided by the U.S. Treasury or the IRS and is subject to the interest and fees set by the lender. Some of these lenders have hidden fees and file inaccurate tax returns without consumer consent.
  • Check for missing, incorrect or illegible Social Security Numbers which can delay a tax refund.
  • Taxpayers must sign and date returns. Both spouses must sign a joint return, even with one income. Anyone paid to prepare a return must also sign.
  • File electronically instead of using paper tax forms to receive your refund more rapidly.
  • Make any check out to “United States Treasury” and enclose it with, but don’t attach it to, your return or Form 1040-V, Payment Voucher. Include your Social Security number, daytime phone number, the tax year and the type of form filed.
  • Be sure to keep all receipts and other documents and forms that were used in preparing your tax return. IRS, generally, has three years to audit a return. They can audit you without limitation if you do not file, file a false return, or purposely avoid paying taxes.

For more advice on finding professionals you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

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