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Page 10 The Region News Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Park and Recreation Department Holds Cheer Camp At Park Play Days Wrap Up For The Summer With Luau Theme Fletcher Park Girls learn cheers during the Cheer Camp held by Mt. Zion Parks and Recreation De- partment. Mt. Zion High School cheerleaders taught the basics of cheerleading and some stunts, photo by Crystal Reed. Long Creek United Methodist Hold Vacation Bible School Douglas Antonelli (left) with Scovill Mobile Zoo holds an alligator while Sydney Carl- ton (right) gets a closer look. Long Creek United Methodist Church had Vacation Bible School last week and in addition to having the mobile zoo they also had a magician one night and pony cart rides another night, photo by Crystal Reed. Kaylen Evans slides down one of the inflatables set up in Fletcher Park recently for the last day of play days. After playing on the inflatables children enjoyed a luau th .med snack, photo by Crystal Reed. IRS Tax Tips for Starting a Business When you start a business, a key to your success is to know your tax obligations. You may not only need to know about income tax rules, but also about payroll tax rules. Here are five IRS tax tips that can help you get your business off to a good start. 1. Business Structure. An early choice you need to make is to decide on the type of structure for your business. The most common .types are sole proprietor, partnership and corporation. The type of busi- ness you choose will determine which tax forms you will file. 2. Business Taxes. There are four general types of busi- ness taxes. They are income tax, self-employment tax, em- ployment tax and excise tax. In most cases, the types of tax your business pays depends on the type of business structure you set up. You may need to make estimated tax payments. If you do, use IRS Direct Pay ay your::fiffie oqsl ~U y) irl~to to pay them. It's the fast, easy Six w s to-help : ?far (grac I! ": :~and,secure way to pay from a new autumn routine your checking or savings ac- Back-to-school time isn't just for the backpack-and-pencil- box crowd. With the season's new routines, it can also be a challenge for babies, toddlers and even parents. Whether your child is gradu- ating from the infant room to the toddler room, starting a new tumbling class or stepping into school for the very first time, change is a big deal for little ones. Here are six ways to make for an easier transition in the months and years to come. 1. Know that change is good. Great, even. Leaves aren't the only things changing this fall. Summer va- cations are over, picnics in the park become more rare and days are filled with new friends, plac- es and expectations. Change can be stressful at any age, but it can be especially dif- ficult for babies and young chil- dren who thrive on predictable routines and have a hard time understanding why tt'ings are different. Fortunately, new envi- ronments pique kids' curiosity, invite problem-solving, teach resilience and foster flexibility. All of these are key factors for success in school, not to men- tion life. • 2. Be a super-model. You are your child's first teacher, and they'll look to you for how to respond in new situa- tions. "Most parents are nervous about leaving their child in an unfamiliar setting," says Linda Hassan-Anderson, vice presi- dent of Education at KinderCare Learning Centers, a national ear- ly childhood education leader. "Since they get their cues from you, the more you model con- fidence, the more comfortable your child will be." Hassan-Anderson also rec- ommends bringing your child in before daycare or preschool starts to become familiar with the classroom while it's quiet. There, you can support the teacher as she helps your child find their cubby, and reinforce that everything is going to be just fine. And don't be afraid to ask the teacher for guidance and updates about how your child is adjusting. "You're forging a new path," Hassan-Anderson says. "It's nice to have a guide to help lead the way." 3. Make sure extra-curricular doesn't equal extra-stressful. It's tempting to sign up little Riley for Mommy and Me, Kin: dermusik and dance, but over- scheduling can mean over-tired and over-stimulated. "Start with small doses and look for activities you can add (Continued on Page 11) count. 3. Employer Identification Number. You may need to get an EIN for federal tax pur- poses. Search "do you need an EIN" on to find out if you need "this number. If you do need one, you can apply for it online. 4. Accounting Method. An accounting method is a set of rules that you use to determine when to report income and ex- penses. You must use a con- sistent method. The two that are most common are the cash and accrual methods. 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The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit helps small businesses and tax-exempt or- ganizations pay for health care coverage they offer their em- ployees. A small employer is eligible for the credit if it has fewer than 25 employees who work full-time, or a combina- tion of full-time and part-time. The maximum credit is 50 per- cent of premiums paid for small business employers and 35 per- cent of premiums paid for small tax-exempt employers, such as charities. The employer shared re- sponsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act affect employers employing at least a certain number of employees (generally 50 full-time empl0Y ees or a combination of full- time and part-time employees). These employers' are called applicable large employers. ALEs must either offer mini- mum essential coverage that is "affordable" and that provides "minimum value" to their full- time employees (and their de- pendents), or potentially make an employer shared responsibil- ity payment to the IRS. The vast majority of employers will fall below the ALE threshold num- ber. of employees and, there- fore, will not be subject to the employer shared responsibility provisions. Employers also have infor- mation reporting responsibili- ties regarding minimum es- sential coverage they offer or provide to their fulltime em- ployees. Employers must send reports to employees and to the IRS on new forms the IRS cre- ated for this purpose. Get all the tax basics of start- ing a business on at the Small Business and Self- Employed Tax Center. Home Office (Continued From Page 9) the background noises in your home, like your washing machine or barking dog. * Keep it homey - Office r. furniture, by its nature, is very industrial; and you don't necessarily want your home looking that way. Decorate your office like you would the rest of your home. For example, if you need to store files, instead of using a file cabinet, tuck them iato a ceda~ ~hest ott~i~.~ And for drawer storage, consider incorporating other home furniture like a buffet or a wardrobe to keep everything handy - as well as hidden when you're not working. Working from home isn't just for entrepreneurs any more, as technology is making it very easy for employees of companies of all sizes to work away from the office. If your home office is arranged so you can work efficiently and comfortably, you'll enjoy the benefit so much more. iiiiii~~ ~.~iiiiiiiiiiTiiii~iii~iii!ii: ~ i~i:: i Mt. Zion District Library would like to thank the many areabusinesses and individuals who made this year's Summer Reading Program a great success. We are grateful to be a part of your community. Over 2,000 children and adults attended the many programs offered and 951 children, teens and adults read over 9,604 hours this summer!! Thank You for your generous donations of Gift Cards, Coupons, Items & Time: -Applebee's • Buffalo Wild Wings • Cheddar's Casual Caf6 • Crawford's Pizza & Pub .Culver's • Dairy Queen • Del's Popcorn • Dollar General • Four Star Family Restaurant • Garden Club of Decatur • The Hidden Lair • Jimmy Johns • Kenney's Ace Hardware • Knight's Action Park • KRAVE Frozen Yogurt • Monical's Pizza • Papa Murphy's • Sam's Club -Subway .Target • Texas Roadhouse • Unique Boutique Thank You for sponsoring programs: Brinkoetter - Kevin Fritzsche, Sav-Mor Pharmacy, Prairie State Bank, WDKR~WXFM, Scott State Bank Thank you to our Volunteers: Navigators: Allie S., Lauren, Emily, Ty, Sheila, Heather, Kaitlyn B., Kaitlyn A., Dillon, Sydney, Rafael, Gabriela, Destiny, Kelsi, Alli D., Olivia G., Lindsay, Olivia C., Gabrielle, Maggie, Brianna, Faith, Caleb, Reiley, Savannah, Gretchen Book & Bake Sale helpers: Friends of the Mt. Zion Library and our Navigators and all those who attended programs and participated in the reading program. And everyone that donated to the Humane Society drive.