Radio Station Celebrates AHS Class of 2021

103.3 Asheville FM continues its celebration of Asheville High School’s Class of 2021 with a two-part special titled “Senior Sundays.” The second show in the series will air from 9-10 a.m. on May 9 at 103.3FM in Asheville and online at www.ashevillefm.org.

The special was conceived by Asheville High senior Lana Lemmel. “With Senior Sundays, we hope to show the senior class that they are seen and appreciated,” Lemmel said. “The class of 2021 all around America has dealt with some very intense subject matter and we’ve responded through protest, advocacy and a general refusal to accept things the way they are. We stand up for ourselves, each other and the future of our planet. High school has been a wild ride, but ideally this event can provide some closure to these four years and give us a chance to reminisce. Ultimately, we hope that these episodes can serve as a time capsule of such a wild time in our lives that us seniors can look back on and say, ‘Yeah, I made it through that.’”

“As a community resource, we are happy to use our platform to raise awareness of all the struggles our community members endure during this pandemic,” said KP Whaley, general manager of Asheville FM. “We understand all students have struggled this past year, and although we can’t give the class back all the memories that were taken from them, we can do this small thing to recognize the class of 2021.”

The show was produced by Lemmel and a handful of students, parents, and with help from Asheville FM volunteer and piano teacher Kim Roney. The episodes will be archived for the following week at www.ashevillefm.org.

Nature Center Pledge Makes a Great Mother’s Day Gift

Because your mama bear may need more than a hug this Mother’s Day, the WNC Nature Center is offering a unique gift Mom is sure to love, while also benefitting the Center’s goal of preserving WNC animal species.

Now through May 9, all $50 adoption pledges for the Center’s resident black bears Uno and Ursa will receive a 10-inch plush bear with their packet that includes a free guest pass to the WNC Nature Center, an adoption certificate, a fact sheet and bear photo.

For more information, visit wildwnc.org/adopt.

Share a Cup of Coffee With Hendersonville Mayor

Meet Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk at Coffee With the Mayor from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11, at the Center for Art & Entertainment, 125 S. Main St. in downtown Hendersonville.

Doors will open at 9 a.m.

Bring your questions and prepare to learn about civic matters. Guests are encouraged to bring their own mugs, or disposable ones will be available at the coffee bar.

The event is free with an RSVP to reserve your seat at 828-697-8547 or info@thecenterae.org.

All COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed.

Pisgah Legal Services Offers Families Help Filing for Child Tax Credits

Beginning in July, qualifying families with children will begin to receive the expanded federal Child Tax Credit, in part, in the form of monthly checks from the Internal Revenue Service.

The total annual credit to be received is $3,600 per qualifying child ages 0-5 years old and $3,000 per qualifying child ages 6-17 (age on Dec. 31).

Parents should file a 2020 tax return before the May 17, 2021, filing deadline to ensure they receive these monthly payments, even if they are not otherwise required to file a 2020 tax return (because their income is too low to be required to file or other reasons).

By filing 2020 tax returns, parents ensure that the IRS has their current address and number of dependent children.

If individuals did not receive the first and/or second stimulus checks, they may be able to receive their payment by filing a 2020 tax return and claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit.

Due to recent changes in the law, families with only one spouse/parent with a valid social security number may now be able to receive the first and/or second stimulus checks as a tax refund by claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit.

For the third stimulus check, qualifying families should receive $1,400 for each taxpayer and $1,400 for each eligible dependent with a valid social security number. Families with dependents with valid social security numbers can receive the third stimulus check for their qualifying dependents, even if one or both parents do not have a valid social security number.

The IRS is still distributing the third stimulus check.

For questions on child tax credits, stimulus payments or free tax filing options, contact Pisgah Legal Services at 828-414-0800, or stimulus@pisgahlegal.org. Additional information is available at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment or www.irs.gov.

Tax-Saving Strategies for Small Businesses

Satisfy your curiosity about retirement accounts, COVID tax credits and loan programs, when you need to pay estimated taxes and more during Asheville SCORE’s live webinar on Wednesday, May 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The virtual workshop is free, however, registration is required at www.asheville.score.org.

Asheville SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, is part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation’s small businesses.

The webinar, led by instructor Don Nalley, will offer several ways to reduce taxable income and shrink tax liability this year. Nalley holds a master’s degree from the Muma College of Business a the University of South Florida, along with 10-plus years of experience as an accountant and auditor.

The class will explore the Top three ways to keep on the good side of the IRS: (1) Making sure you understand the difference between an employee and a contractor; (2) Paying estimated taxes when they’re due (and keeping the money set aside to do it); (3) Keeping good records with separate bank accounts and credit cards for business expenses and income.

Retirement accounts, business structure, COVID tax credit, loan programs and more will be addressed during the hour.

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