1st Annual Dragon Boat Festival will be held in Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on September 27, 2014. Click here for more information.
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Asian focus is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the underserved. Helping families overcome cultural and language barriers to better acclimate into US society. Our organization hopes to bridge the gaps of disparity for the community by focusing on service projects that yield immediate results, while also planting seeds of good will for future generations.

 

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1st Annual Dragon Boat Festival

Asian Focus is hosting the 1st Annual Dragon Boat Festival for the Greater Triangle Area at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on September 27, 2014.

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Naturalization Exam Workshop

Are you thinking about applying for Citizenship but don’t know where to start? The easiest process is to hire an attorney but, if your preference is to pick up the challenge on your own, this workshop can be helpful to you.

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IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2014

Avoid Summertime Tax Scams

Ah, summertime! Warm days, rest and recreation and…tax scams. Thieves don’t stop victimizing unsuspecting taxpayers with their scams after April 15. Identity theft, phone and phishing scams happen year-round. Those three top the IRS’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list of tax scams this year. Here’s some important information you should know about these common tax scams:

1. Identity Theft.  Identity thieves steal personal and financial information to commit fraud or other crimes. This can include your Social Security number or bank information. An identity thief may file a phony tax return to claim a fraudulent refund.

 The IRS has a special identity protection page on IRS.gov. It has many resources you can use to reduce your risk of becoming a victim. The page can also tell you what steps to take if you are a victim of identity theft and need help. This includes how and when you should contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit.

2. Phone Scams.  In these scams, thieves pose as the IRS and call would-be victims with one goal in mind: to steal their money. Callers will tell you that you owe taxes and demand immediate payment. They will tell you that you must pay the bogus tax bill with a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. The callers are often abusive and threaten arrest or deportation. They may know the last four digits of your Social Security number. They also rig caller ID to falsely show that the call is from the IRS.

 Keep in mind that if a person owes taxes, the IRS will first contact them by mail, not by phone. The IRS doesn’t ask for payment with a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. If you owe, or think you might owe federal taxes and you get one of these calls, hang up. Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. The IRS will work with you to pay what you owe. If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

3. Phishing Scams.  Criminals use the IRS as bait in a phishing scam. Scammers typically send emails that purport to come from the IRS. They often lure their targets with a false promise of a refund or the threat of an audit. They may also set up a phony website that looks like the real IRS.gov. These phony sites often have the IRS seal and other graphics to make them appear official. Their goal is to get their victim to reveal personal and financial information. They use the information they get to steal identities and commit fraud.

 The IRS doesn’t contact people by email about their tax account. Nor does the agency use email, social media, texting or fax to initiate contact or ask for personal or financial information. If you get an email like this, do not click on a link or open any attachments. You should instead forward it to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. For more on this topic visit IRS.gov and select the ‘Reporting Phishing’ link at the bottom of the page.

Don’t let tax scams take the fun out of your summer. Be alert to phone and phishing email scams that use the IRS as a lure. Visit the genuine IRS website, IRS.gov, for more on what you can do to avoid becoming a victim and how to report tax fraud.


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Pledge to Prepare --and-- Why you should Care:

(by Dan Stoneking, FEMA Private Sector Director)

Friends,

On Saturday, 29 June, I woke at 3:00 a.m., startled at how hot it was in our room. I looked around and saw that the clock and the night light were both off. We had lost power as part of the severe storm that raced across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states. With the air-conditioning off and the heat already rising during a record-setting heat wave, I was concerned for my baby daughter Chloe in her crib beside the bed and for my toddler daughter Ivy in her room one floor below.

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National Preparedness Program

National Preparedness Program Information at www.ready.gov

Find tips for preparing for almost any natural disaster at www.ready.gov/natural-disasters

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