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									                                               The Accountant
                                             Official Publication
                                of the North Carolina Society of Accountants
                                         Post Office Box 1126, Conover, NC 28613
                                    828-695-2520 or 866-755-NCSA FAX: 828-695-2522

                                                                                              February 2011

 Inside this Issue             A Message From The President
Chapter News        2
                                                  Bill Fischer
                                   Congress and the IRS have succeeded in frustrating a
NC Tax Credits      3
                         number of taxpayers with delayed filings for itemized deductions
More PTIN News      3    and some of the other tax extenders. I, for one, never will under-
                         stand how our software providers can have up-to-date software
Personal Exemption       nearly instantaneously after tax changes, and the IRS takes two
Adjustment         3     months to make the changes to their computers. I’m sure they
                         have a valid reason for the delay, but it still seems a little extreme.
Charity Reporting   3    When doing North Carolina tax returns, please remember that                Bill Fischer
                         North Carolina General Assembly has NOT adopted the Small
Processing Delayed       Business Jobs Act of 2010 that President Obama signed into law on September 27,
Returns            4     2010. We also don’t know about the provisions of the Tax Relief, Unemployment In-
                         surance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 which was signed on December
IRS2Go              4    17, 2010. The effective dates vary, including some that are retroactive. Will we be
                         amending North Carolina this year?
                                   PTINs are required to file tax returns, however the IRS has acknowledged that
Tax Deposits        4
                         there are problems with the system and have provided relief to those who have applied
National                 but don’t yet have one. If you fall into this category, and never had a PTIN before, you
Tax Forum           4    can use your Social Security Number. As of January 25, the IRS has already issued
                         more than 620,000 PTINs, has over 11,000 paper applications to process, and is averag-
                         ing 3,500 new PTINs each day. Yes, there are a lot of tax preparers!
Tax Map             5              Please don’t forget your local NCSA Chapter meetings. Your Chapter officers
                         and program chairs work hard throughout the year to provide meaningful programs.
Yet More PTIN News 5     Show them you appreciate their efforts–especially during tax season. In addition to the
                         programs offered, Chapter meetings are an excellent venue for discussing tax problems
Public                   and sharing your knowledge.
Campaign Fund       5              NCSA committees are also at work during tax season. Plans have been final-
                         ized for A Day at the Zoo–now all that’s needed is your registration form! Remember,
Taxpayer Advocate’s
                         this is for ALL NCSA members and families and friends. The Zoo is a great place to
Annual Report      6-7
                         visit–you can even feed a giraffe. Please see the registration form in this issue of The
NC Returns               Accountant and get it to Candace soon.
Due April 18        7              Remember to mark your calendar for June 16-18 for the NCSA Spring PAS
                         and Convention. We’re combining these activities this year to lessen your time away
Zoo Ticket               from the office and costs. The PAS (Professional Accounting Seminar) will feature
Order Form               Bob Jennings with the latest on Compilation and Review (Tax Basis). As ac-
                         countants, this is one seminar you won’t want to miss.
                                Work hard, but not too hard. Remember to take care of yourself so you
                         can enjoy life.
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                                           Chapter News
         Tax season is now in full swing! Our legislators are in Raleigh trying to close the largest budget gap
in history; what will it mean to our clients? If you have suggestions or comments let your legislators know,
and advise your clients to do the same. Even though we are all very busy our chapter meetings provide a res-
pite of time to commiserate with fellow accountants about our profession. Take time to attend your chapter
meeting; it will help make tax season fly by.
       Burlington Chapter met on Thursday, January 27, at Kimbers Restaurant in Gibsonville just west of
Burlington. Burlington Chapter meets on the 4th Thursday of each month.
Cape Fear
       Cape Fear Chapter met on Monday, January 17, at The Brass Lantern in Dunn. 17 chapter members
and one guest heard NCSA President Bill Fischer present an informative and timely “Tax Update.” The
next meeting will be on Monday, February 21, at The Barn Restaurant in Fayetteville. Attorney Williford
McCauley will discuss basic estate planning including recent changes. Cape Fear Chapter meets on the 1st
Monday after the 15th of each month.
       Central Chapter met on Monday, January 24, at 6pm at Sagebrush Steakhouse in Asheboro. Chapter
Vice President Ron Powell gave the members in attendance a quiz on the recent tax law changes and led a
discussion with questions and answers. The next meeting will be held at 6pm on Monday, February 28 at
Sagebrush Steakhouse in Asheboro. David Smith will discuss Debt Collection procedures. Smith operates
Credit Bureau Collection Systems in Asheboro. Central Chapter meets on the 4th Monday of each month.
        Charlotte Chapter met on Monday, January 24, at Golden Corral in Matthews with Marva Adams of
NC Department of Revenue speaking to the chapter about Sales & Use Tax and other NC changes. Char-
lotte Chapter meets on the 4th Monday of each month.
       The Hickory Chapter meets the last Monday of each month.
        The Piedmont Chapter met at Clark’s Barbeque in Kernersville on Thursday, January 27. Ron Pow-
ell spoke to the chapter about Recordkeeping and Technology in the office. Piedmont Chapter meets on the
last Thursday of each month.
       Raleigh Chapter meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
       Sanford Chapter meets the 1st Monday after the 15th of each month.
        The Western Chapter meeting was held January 25th in Asheville at Ryan’s Family Restaurant with
15 members and five guests in attendance. NC Employment Security Commission representatives Becky
Nunnaley and Maricella Acosta covered the steps to file electronic reports and the information that is avail-
able through ESC online services. No meeting is scheduled for February or March. Topic and location for
the April 26th meeting will be announced at a later date.

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NC Tax Credits
        According to the NC Department of Revenue, recently enacted legislation allows a refundable tax credit
taken against personal income tax for small businesses that make contributions to the State Unemployment In-
surance Fund during the tax year for wages paid for employment in North Carolina. The credit is applicable
only to tax years 2010 and 2011 and is equal to 25% of the amount of qualified contributions to the State Un-
employment Insurance Fund. A small business is defined as a business whose cumulative gross receipts from
business activity for the year do not exceed $1,000,000. In computing the amount of tax against which multiple
credits are allowed, non-refundable credits are subtracted before refundable credits. The tax credit should be
computed on Part 6 of Form D-400TC for individuals, NC K-1 line 4a for corporations, and Form D-403TC
Part 5 for partnerships.

More PTIN News
       Another exception to the PTIN requirement. The IRS will permit any individual 18 years or older to
pay the applicable fee and obtain a PTIN. The person can prepare all, or substantially all, of a tax return for
compensation if:
       1. The individual is supervised by an attorney, CPA, or EA authorized to practice before the IRS under
          Circular 230;
       2. The supervising attorney, CPA, or EA signs the tax returns prepared by the individual.
       3. The individual is employed at the law firm, CPA firm, or other recognized firm of the tax return pre-
          parer who signs the tax return; and
       4. The individual passes the requisite tax compliance and suitability check.
        Individuals applying for a PTIN under this provision will be required to certify on the PTIN application
that they are supervised by an attorney, CPA, or EA who signs the tax return prepared by the individual and
provide a supervising individual’s PTIN. If, at any point, the individual no longer is supervised by the signing
attorney, CPA, or EA, the individual must notify the IRS and will not be permitted to prepare, or assist in pre-
paring, all or substantially all of a tax return for compensation.
        Individuals who obtain a PTIN under this provision will not be subject to a competency examination or
CPE requirement. These individuals, however, may not sign any tax return they prepare for compensation, rep-
resent taxpayers before the IRS in any capacity, or represent to the IRS, their clients, or the general public that
they are a registered tax return preparer or a Circular 230 preparer.
        Although individuals who obtain a PTIN under this provision are not practitioners under Circular 230,
the are, by preparing or assisting in the preparation of a tax return for compensation, acknowledging that they
are subject to the duties and restrictions of Circular 230. The IRS may revoke a PTIN obtained under this pro-
vision if the tax return preparer willfully violates applicable duties and restrictions prescribed in Circular 230
or engages in disreputable conduct.

Personal Exemption Adjustment
        The NC personal exemption adjustment amount for tax year 2010 is $1,150 for each exemption claimed
on a federal personal tax return if the federal AGI is less than $100,000 (joint), $80,000 (head of household),
$60,000 (single), or $50,000 (separate). If the federal AGI is higher, the taxpayer must add back $1,650 for
each exemption claimed on the federal personal tax return. This amount is added back to taxable income in
computing the NC tax.

Charity Reporting
         In Rev Proc 2011-15, the IRS announced that small tax-exempt organizations may be able to shift to the
simpler Form 990-N (e-Postcard) for their 2010 annual information report. For tax years beginning after De-
cember 31, 2009, most tax-exempt organizations whose gross annual receipts normally are $50,000 or less can
file the e-Postcard. Supporting organizations of any size must file the standard Form 990 or 990-EZ.
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Processing Delayed Returns
        Happy Valentine’s Day. The IRS plans to start processing tax returns delayed by the December tax law
changes. The IRS reminds taxpayers affected by the delay that they can begin preparing their tax returns im-
mediately because many software providers now are ready to accept these returns.
        Beginning February 14, the IRS will start processing both paper and e-filed returns claiming itemized
deductions, the higher education tuition and fees deduction, and the educator expense deduction. Based on fil-
ings last year, about 9 million tax returns claimed any of these deductions on returns received by the IRS before
February 14.

        The IRS has launched IRS2Go, a smart phone application that lets you interact with the IRS using your
mobile device. You can check your federal income tax refund by entering your Social Security number, which
will be masked and encrypted for security, then select your filing status and enter the amount of your antici-
pated refund from you 2010 return. If you e-file, you can check your refund status within a few days. If you do
a paper return, it can take three or four weeks.
        You also can go to IRS2Go to subscribe to filing season updates by entering your e-mail address to get
automatically daily tax tips. They are issued daily during the tax season and periodically during the rest of the
        Finally, you can get IRS2Go to sign up to follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews. IRSnews
provides the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes.
        If you have an Apple iPhone or iTouch, you can download the free IRS2Go app by visiting the iTunes
app store. If you have an Android device, you can visit the Android Marketplace to download the free IRS2Go

Federal Tax Deposits
        In Notice 2010-87, the IRS provided transitional relief for determining the timeliness of federal tax de-
posits (FTDs). The IRS will not assert penalties for FTDs due in calendar year 2011 that are untimely solely
because the depositor treated a statewide legal holiday as if it were a legal holiday in the District of Columbia.
        The term “legal holiday” for FTD purposes includes only those legal holidays in the District of Colum-

Nationwide Tax Forum
       The dates for the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum have been announced:
       •       June 28-30, Atlanta, GA
       •       July 12-14, Orlando, FL
       •       July 26-28, Dallas, TX
       •       August 9-11, San Jose, CA
       •       August 16-18, Las Vegas, NV
       •       August 30-September 1, National Harbor, MD
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Tax Map
        The IRS announced a new and innovative service that enables tax law research by topic. It is an on-line
service at,,id=213705,00.html. Each Tax Map “topic page” contains all
the information known about the topic, including links to related topics, forms, publications, and instructions.
        Topic pages are found by typing a topic and searching or by selecting a topic from an index.

Yet More PTIN News
         Eugenia Tabon passes on the following news.
         Some tax professionals obtained a PTIN prior to publication of additional guidance as to who needs a
PTIN. Individuals who prepare only the following forms are not subject to the PTIN requirements:
         SS-4, SS-8, SS-16, W-2s, W-7, W-8BEN, 870, 872, 906, 1098s, 1099s, 2848, 3115, 4029, 4361, 4419,
         5300, 5307, 5310, 5500s, 8027, 8288-A, 8288-B, 8508, 8717, 8809, 8821, and 8942.
         Generally, the IRS does not refund any PTIN payments. However, if you obtained a PTIN prior to issu-
ance of guidance clarifying a PTIN was not necessary, you can request a refund and cancellation of the PTIN.
Submit a signed, written explanation to the IRS Professional PTIN Processing Center, 104 Brookridge Drive
#5000, Waterloo, IA 50702.
         If you don’t have a new or “refreshed” PTIN, you cannot prepare tax returns. You must wait until you
submit an on-line or paper application, pay the fee, and obtain a PTIN. However, certain individuals who have
made a good faith effort to timely obtain a PTIN but experienced processing issues are being advised they may
prepare returns during the interim period while their applications are pending (there are about 11,000 of these).
         Supervised preparers are those who do not sign returns but are employed and supervised by a business
at least 80% owned by attorneys, CPAs, or EAs and are supervised by an attorney, CPA, or EA. These indi-
viduals must obtain a PTIN and certify on the application they are supervised and provide the supervising indi-
vidual’s PTIN. The capability for a preparer to specify themselves as a supervised preparer will be added to the
PTIN system.
         Once an individual posses a valid PTIN and passes an IRS competency test, they will become a Regis-
tered Tax Return Preparer. The designation as a Registered Tax Return Preparer is reserved only for those who
take the test; if they are exempt from testing or do not prepare returns, they will not use this title.

Public Campaign Fund
         You have an obligation to ask clients about a check-off designation for the North Carolina Public Cam-
paign Fund on the NC personal tax return. The Fund supports a nationally acclaimed program designed to im-
prove how North Carolina voters elect judges for the NC Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
         The Fund helps voters cast a more informed vote in these elections by paying for the creation of a non-
partisan voter guide which describes the functions of the appellate court and profiles the candidates running for
those offices. The Fund also helps protect the impartiality of the courts by providing financial aid to candidates
who accept restrictions on their spending and fundraising, including limits on donations from lawyers and spe-
cial interest groups.
         To participate in the Fund, filers of NC personal income tax returns may designate $3 to the Fund by
checking a box on their personal tax returns. Taxpayers must be made aware that designating $3 to the Fund
does not increase the taxpayer’s tax due and does not reduce any refund due the taxpayer. A paid tax preparer
of an individual’s personal tax return may not mark an agreement or objection to the allocation without the tax-
payer’s consent.
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Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report
   In her annual report to Congress, the Taxpayer Advocate breaks issues into multiple parts.
   The most serious problems encountered by taxpayers:
   •       The time for tax reform is now.
   •       The IRS Mission Statement does not reflect the agency’s increasing responsibilities for admin-
           istering social benefit programs.
   •       The IRS performance measures provide incentives that may undermine the IRS mission.
   •       The Wage & Investment Division is tasked with supporting multiple agency-wide operations ,
           impeding its ability to serve its core base of individual taxpayers effectively.
   •       IRS policy implementation through systems programming lacks transparency and precludes
           adequate review.
   Taxpayer rights:
   •       IRS collection policies and procedures fail to adequately protect taxpayers suffering an eco-
           nomic hardship.
   •       The IRS does not know the impact of ignoring a non-IRS debt when analyzing a taxpayer’s
           ability to pay an IRS debt.
   •       The failure of the Office of Appeals to document prohibited ex parte communications may vio-
           late taxpayer rights and damage the public’s perception of its independence.
   •       The IRS’s failure to provide timely and adequate Collection Due process hearings may deprive
           taxpayers of an opportunity to have their cases fully considered.
   •       Third party reporting of cancellation-of-debt events is not accurate always, and the IRS reliance
           on such reporting may burden taxpayers.
   •       The IRS’s failure to track and analyze the outcomes of Audit recommendations and inconsistent
           guidance increase taxpayer burden and inflate IRS audit results and cost effective measures.
   •       Persistent breakdowns in Power of Attorney processes undermine fundamental taxpayer rights.
   •       IRS Collection policies channel taxpayers into Installment Agreements they cannot afford.
   •       The IRS’s over reliance on its “Reliable Cause Assistant” leads to inaccurate penalty abatement
   •       State domestic partnership laws present unanswered federal tax questions.
   Tax administration:
   •       The IRS has not studied or addressed the impact of the large volume of undelivered mail on tax-
   •       The IRS does not process vital taxpayer responses timely.
   •       The IRS should track accurately sources of balance due payments to determine the revenue ef-
           fectiveness of its enforcement activities and service initiatives.
   •       The IRS has been reluctant to implement alternative service methods that would improve acces-
           sibility for taxpayers who seek face-to-face assistance.
   •       The S corporation election process unduly burdens small businesses.
   •       The combined annual wage reporting programs continues to impose a substantial burden on em-
   Status updates:
   •       The IRS has been slow to address the adverse impact of its lien filing policies on taxpayers and
           future tax compliance.
   •       Despite program improvements, the IRS policy of processing most ITIN applications with pa-
           per returns during peak filing season continues to strain IRS resources and unduly burden tax-
   •       The IRS’s handling of Collection statute expiration dates continues to adversely affect taxpay-
           ers.                                                                         (continued on page 7)
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Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report                               (continued from page 6)
       •       The IRS Offer-in-Compromise program continues to be under utilized.
       Legislative recommendations:
       •       Enact tax reform now.
       •       Repeal information reporting on purchase of goods but require reporting on corporate and cer-
               tain other payments.
       •       Allow taxpayers to request equitable relief under §6015(f) or §66(c) at any time before expira-
               tion of the period of limitations on Collection and to raise Innocent Spouse relief as a defense in
               Collection actions.
       •       Remove the 36 month “testing period” that may trigger Cancellation of Debt reporting.
       •       Amend §3402(p) to require withholding on payments made for lost earnings or profits from dis-
       •       Enact a Statute of Limitations to limit the retroactive effect of revocation of an organization’s
               exempt status.
       •       Refine whistleblower procedures to better protect taxpayers privacy while providing necessary
               information to whistleblowers.
       •       Revise the willfulness components of the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty statute to encourage
               business owners to continue operation of financially struggling businesses when the tax liability
               accrues due to an intervening bad act.
       •       Designate the attorneys’ fees awarded pursuant to IRS §7430 are ineligible for offer to satisfy a
               litigant’s preexisting government debt.
       •       Extend the due date for S corporation elections to reduce the high rate of untimely elections.
       •       Enact a Uniform Federal Agency External Ombudsman Act.

NC Returns Due April 18
       For individual tax purposes, North Carolina will follow the federal April 18 extended filing date and
consider any returns and payments that would have been due April 15 as filed on time if they are filed and paid
by April 18. The extended deadline applies to the following forms and payments:
       •        2010 State individual income tax returns, whether filed electronically or on paper
       •        First quarter 2011 individual estimated income tax payments
       •        Partnerships
       •        Estates and Trusts
       •        Applications for extension for any of the above
       The extended deadline does not apply to corporations that file franchise and corporate income tax re-
turns due April 15, 2011, or to first quarter 2011 corporate estimated income tax payments.
                                  NCSA Schedule of Events                                        2010-2011 OFFICERS
                                                      2011                                       PRESIDENT – BILL FISCHER
                                                                                                      711 Dandridge Drive
                                May 14—Board of Directors Meeting and Picnic—                      Fayetteville, NC 28303-2000
                                               Zoo, Asheboro                                              910-864-4114
                                   June 16–Jennings Compilation & Review—
                                       Grandover, Greensboro—8 am-4 pm
                                                                                            PRESIDENT-ELECT – JOHN L. BLANTON
                               June 16–Scholarship Bingo–Grandover, Greensboro-                   2200 Silas Creek Parkway 7B
                                                  8 pm-10 pm                                       Winston Salem, NC 27103
                                 June 17– Class (TBD)–Grandover, Greensboro—               
                                                  8 am-12 pm
                                                                                              SECRETARY – CHERYL C. HUDSON
         June 17–Board of Directors Meeting–Grandover, Greensboro—                                     3856 Dunn Road
                                 6 pm-7 pm                                                           Eastover, NC 28312
                                    June 17–President’s Reception & Dinner–                             910-223-0200
                                        Grandover, Greensboro, 7 pm-9 pm                 

                            June 18–Past Presidents’ Breakfast–Grandover, Greensboro,         TREASURER – M. LOUISE PISTOLE
                                                     8:15 am-9:30 am                                  Post Office Box 72
                                                                                                     Matthews, NC 28106
                            June 18–Convention–Grandover, Greensboro, 9:45 am-1 pm                       704-847-8275
                                    June 18–Installation Luncheon–Grandover,
                                           Greensboro, 1:15 pm-3:30 pm
                                                                                               IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT –
                            June 18–Board of Directors Meeting–Grandover, Greensboro                  J. R. LAWSON, JR.
                                                                                                  2200 Silas Creek Parkway 7B
             ory He dline
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                                         July 16–Leadership Conference                             Winston Salem, NC 27103
                                        October 21–Practitioners’ Forum                   
                                      November 2-3–Jennings 1040 seminar
                                                                                                    ASSOCIATION OFFICE
                                                                                                Candace Cansler, Executive Director
                                                                                                         P.O. Box 1126
                                                                                                       Conover, NC 28613
                                                                                                  866-755-NCSA(6272) toll-free
                                                                                                828-695-2520 (v) 828-695-2522 (f)

                                                                                        THE ACCOUNTANT EDITOR – STEPHEN METELITS

                             The Accountant is distributed with the understanding the publisher is
                             not engaged in rendering tax, legal, accounting, or any other profes-
                            sional advice and assumes no liability or responsibility whatsoever in
                             connection with its use. You are urged to do research before acting
                            upon any information appearing in this publication. Opinions expressed
                              in The Accountant are those of the editor and contributors. The Ac-
                                 countant is published monthly by the North Carolina Society of
                                     Accountants, Post Office Box 1126, Conover, NC 28613.
                                    A Day at the Zoo
             Enjoy a day at the North Carolina Zoo with your family and NCSA!

                                 Saturday, May 14, 2011

Schedule of events:

           9:30 am – 12:00 pm NCSA Board Meeting (all NCSA members are welcome)

           9:00 am – 5:00 pm    Enjoy the Zoo

       12:00 pm – 1:00 pm       Family Picnic (all NCSA members, families, and guests)

The NCSA Board of Directors will meet at the Multipurpose Room
near the North America Zoo entrance (admission to the Zoo is not
required to enter the building).
All NCSA members are welcome to attend the Board meeting.

               Zoo admission will be at a “Group Rate.” There is no charge for members
               of the Zoo Society or North Carolina Aquarium.

             The Family Picnic will be held at Hippo Beach near the Africa
             Zoo entrance. (Admission to the Zoo is not required to attend
the Family Picnic). A picnic Classic Boxed Lunch sandwich with Smoked
Ham, Turkey Breast or Roast Beef on Whole Grain, Croissant or Sour Dough
Breads; Smooth & Sharp Cheeses; Leaf Lettuce; Red Onion and Vine Ripe
Roma Tomatoes; Fresh Cut Fruit; Southern Style Mustard Potato Salad;
Assorted Chips; Fresh Baked Cookies; and Assorted Soda & Bottled Water will be

Registrations will be accepted until April 29, 2011.
                                    A Day at the Zoo


Name: _________________________________________________

Zoo Admission:
                                  Number                     Total Cost
      Adult                       _____        $9.00         ________
      Child (age 2-12)            _____        $5.00         ________
      Senior (age 62+)            _____        $7.00         ________
      Zoo/Aquarium Member         _____         Free         ________

Picnic Lunch                      _____        $15.00        ________

                                               Total Cost: _______

      Please make checks payable to NCSA and mail with this form to:
                North Carolina Society of Accountants
                P.O. Box 1126
                Conover, NC 28613

      Please circle one meat and one bread for each lunch below:

Lunch #1:      Meat: Smoked Ham       Turkey Breast   Roast Beef
               Bread: Whole Grain     Croissant   Sour Dough

Lunch #2       Meat: Smoked Ham       Turkey Breast   Roast Beef
               Bread: Whole Grain     Croissant   Sour Dough

Lunch #3       Meat: Smoked Ham       Turkey Breast   Roast Beef
               Bread: Whole Grain     Croissant   Sour Dough

Lunch #4       Meat: Smoked Ham       Turkey Breast   Roast Beef
               Bread: Whole Grain     Croissant   Sour Dough

Note: if ordering more than four lunches, please attach an additional registration form

            Registrations will be accepted until April 29, 2011

Zoo tickets will be available at the Multipurpose Room (North America
Entrance from 9:00 am until 11:30. After 11:30 they will be available at the
Hippo Beach picnic site (Africa Entrance).

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