Thurston County Government Offices Closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

All offices will be open for regular business on December 24 and December 31. Thurston County garbage and recycling customers are reminded that there is no curbside collection service on Wednesday, December 25 or Wednesday, January 1. For customers who normally have garbage and recycling collected on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, collection will be done one day later after Christmas Day and after New Year’s Day. Remember that bins should be at your curb and ready for collection by 6 a.m. on your pick-up day.

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United Way Of Mason County Announces 2014-2016 Grant Cycle

United Way of Mason County invites non-profit agencies to consider applying for available funds generated through workplace giving campaigns. United Way accepts applications from programs addressing one of three specific impact areas, which we believe are the building blocks for a good life: Education, Income & Basic Needs and Health. Tamra Ingwaldson, Executive Director of United Way, said “While the final amount of donations from workplace and individual giving this year is not yet known, it is already time for agencies to begin applying for funds.” The application and training on the new 2-year funding format will be provided at the Community Services Group (CSG) meeting on January 14, 2014, 1:00pm-2:25pm at the Public Works Building off Hwy-101. Applications will be due no later than March 3, 2014.

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2014 Tax Season to Open Jan. 31

2014 Tax Season to Open Jan. 31; e-file and Free File Can Speed Refunds

IR-2013-100, Dec. 18, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced plans to open the 2014 filing season on Jan. 31 and encouraged taxpayers to use e-file or Free File as the fastest way to receive refunds.

The new opening date for individuals to file their 2013 tax returns will allow the IRS adequate time to program and test its tax processing systems. The annual process for updating IRS systems saw significant delays in October following the 16-day federal government closure.

“Our teams have been working hard throughout the fall to prepare for the upcoming tax season,” IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel said. “The late January opening gives us enough time to get things right with our programming, testing and systems validation. It’s a complex process, and our bottom-line goal is to provide a smooth filing and refund process for the nation’s taxpayers.”

The government closure meant the IRS had to change the original opening date from Jan. 21 to Jan. 31, 2014. The 2014 date is one day later than the 2013 filing season opening, which started on Jan. 30, 2013 following January tax law changes made by Congress on Jan. 1 under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). The extensive set of ATRA tax changes affected many 2012 tax returns, which led to the late January opening.

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NEP Watershed Grants - Application Deadline Extended

The Washington State Departments of Ecology and Commerce are extending the application deadline for the NEP Watershed Grant Program 2013 Multi-themed Grant Solicitation to February 28th, 2014. This applies to all applications under all three themes.  The original solicitation is HERE.