Promoting Earned Income Tax Credit by pengxuezhi



Promoting Earned Income Tax Credit
   Millions of workers could overlook a special      the credit to get it.                                    •Photo proof of identification;                            and expenses;
federal tax credit because they do not know            Many people will qualify for the first time            •Social Security cards for themselves, their                  •Amounts paid for day care, if applicable,
about it. As a result, they could miss out on        this year due to economic changes in their             spouse and all dependents or Social Secu-                    and the day care provider’s identifying num-
up to $5,751 extra in their federal income tax       income or changes in their marital or paren-           rity number verification letters issued by the               ber.
refunds through the Earned Income Tax Cred-          tal statuses according to the IRS. The agency          Social Security Administration;                                 Both spouses must be present to sign joint
it, or EITC. Last year, on average, the credit       estimates four out of five eligible workers cur-         •Birth dates for all persons listed on the tax             returns. Anyone paid to prepare federal
boosted refunds for eligible workers by $2,100.      rently claim their EITC.                               return;                                                      income tax returns is required by law to sign
   “This money can make a real difference to           Workers can get free help determining their            •Wage and earning statement(s) Forms W-2,                  the return and enter their Preparer Tax Iden-
workers struggling in this recovering econo-         EITC eligibility and claiming the credit. Many         W-2G, and 1099-R, from all employers;                        tification Number.
my” said Melissa Young, executive director,          communities have volunteer income tax assis-             •Interest and dividend statements from                        “EITC is a financial boost for working
United Way of Ponca City.                            tance sites. Residents can locate a site by call-      banks (Forms 1099);                                          people in a recovering economy and allows
   Anyone earning $49,078 or less from wages,        ing their community’s 211 or 311 number for              •Copies of their prior year federal and state              more funds to flow within your community.
self-employment or farming in 2011 should see        local services or the IRS at 1-800-906-9887.           returns, if available;                                       It’s money that can make lives a little easier,”
if they qualify. Eligible worker must file fed-        To help preparers, either volunteer or paid,           •Bank routing and account numbers for                      Young said.
eral income tax returns — even if they are not       accurately determine EITC eligibility and pre-         direct deposit of their refunds;                                For more information, contact the United
required to file — and specifically must claim       pare returns, individuals should bring:                  •Other relevant information about income                   Way office at 765-2476.

Hong Kong Asserts Identity to Beijing’s Dismay
  HONG KONG (AP) — The             thing from apartments to lux-        jing figure elected as the city’s   deems unfriendly.                   while allowing wealthy main-                     should go to locals.
argument began over the            ury goods to baby formula.           leader.                               While Hong Kongers and            land shoppers to snap away.                        Kong Qingdong, a Peking
seemingly minor offense of           A regular poll found the             “All this is anathema to the      mainlanders are both ethni-         D&G later apologized.                            University professor, stirred
eating on the subway, which is     sense of Hong Kong identity          Chinese Communist Party,”           cally Chinese, people in the          “I don’t have a problem with                   the pot by lambasting Hong
banned in Hong Kong. A local       surging. A flood of pregnant         said Willy Lam, a professor         city on the southern edge           mainlanders per se, but in the                   Kong residents, calling them
commuter was outraged that a       mainland women crossing into         at Chinese University of Hong       of China tend to look down          past year they’ve been coming                    “dogs” and other insults dur-
girl in a tour group from main-    the city solely to give birth        Kong.                               on their mainland brethren          to Hong Kong to give birth and                   ing a six-minute, obscenity-
land China spilled noodles         has strained tensions. Even            Lam said China’s rulers           as uncouth and uncultured.          then leaving without paying                      laden rant on an Internet chat
onto the floor.                    the U.S. consul general has          have been obsessed about            What’s new is that many of          their fees. They’re taking our                   show.
  In video clips that have gone    been dragged into the debate         maintaining control in Hong         the mainlanders flooding into       resources but they’re not pay-                     “To this day, even though
viral, the commuter summons        after praising Hong Kong for         Kong since July 2003, when          Hong Kong nowadays are now          ing Hong Kong back,” griped                      Hong Kong has been returned,
authorities and expresses his      sticking to the “one country,        more than half a million peo-       much wealthier — and their          Sun Wong, an 18-year-old stu-                    its heart hasn’t returned com-
indignation — “Hey! This is        two systems” principle. A            ple took to the streets — in a      influence much greater —            dent. “It offends me.”                           pletely and there are still many
Hong Kong!” — and the inci-        well-known Beijing scholar           massive rally that took Bei-        thanks to the country’s emer-         Nearly 33,500 children were                    running dogs,” said Kong, a
dent ends with the two sides       turned up the heat by call-          jing by surprise — to protest       gence as the world’s second-        born in Hong Kong last year to                   73rd-generation descendant of
screaming at each other in         ing Hong Kongers “dogs” and          against proposed anti-subver-       biggest economy.                    parents who both live on the                     Confucius. He blasted Hong
mutually unintelligable dia-       “bastards.”                          sion legislation.                     Italian fashion house Dolce       mainland, up from 620 in 2001.                   Kongers as traitors to China
lects of Chinese.                    Hong Kong, which returned            Chinese officials and pro-        & Gabbana stirred local anger       Many are trying to escape                        with low morals and said the
  The quarrel isn’t just about     to Chinese control in 1997           Beijing papers have even            after reports it was banning        China’s one-child policy but                     city would be in trouble if
manners. It also illustrates       after more than 150 years as         lashed out at the top U.S. dip-     Hong Kongers from taking            Hong Kongers complain they                       China stopped supplying food
how — 15 years after this          a British colony, is still a glob-   lomat in Hong Kong as they          photos of one of its boutiques      also take up hospital beds that                  and drinking water.
former British colony was          al financial center. It’s also a     fret about subversion. The
handed back to China — Hong
Kongers feel less Chinese and
more an island unto them-
                                   special administrative region
                                   with Western-style rights and
                                   freedoms not seen in main-
                                                                        papers accused U.S. Consul-
                                                                        general Stephen Young of sup-
                                                                        porting groups trying to break
                                                                                                            Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
selves than ever as they face a
growing influx of visitors from
the mainland.
                                   land China, most notably free-
                                   dom of speech and the rule
                                   of law.
                                                                        Hong Kong away from China.
                                                                        They point to his previous
                                                                        posting in Kyrgyzstan in 2005
                                                                                                            Sets Advisory Council Meeting
  And that’s a headache for          Local councillors and half         during a pro-democracy upris-
the political masters in Bei-      the legislature are elected          ing there and also accuse him         Legal Aid Services of Okla-       and what to do if your identity                  Aid Services of Oklahoma
jing, who are concerned about      by voters while a pro-Beijing        of supporting Taiwan’s inde-        homa has scheduled an Advi-         is stolen. The program is espe-                  on the web at http://www.leg-
the threat of disloyalty in the    committee chooses Hong               pendence during a posting to        sory Council Meeting for 12:15      cially designed for senior citi-        or for free infor-
semiautonomous         territory   Kong’s leader, though direct         the island.                         p.m. on Tuesday, February 21,       zens who want to learn more                      mation
and are lashing out against        elections have been promised           And a Beijing official based      2012, at the Ponca City Senior      about this timely topic.                           With offices throughout
the notion of a separate Hong      as early as 2017.                    in the territory dismissed a        Center and Wheatheart Nutri-          Anyone      wanting     more                   Oklahoma, Legal Aid serves
Kong identity.                       Beijing’s fear is that if Hong     Hong Kong University poll in        tion Site, 319 West Grand,          information should call the                      all 77 counties, accepting
  Other events also have           Kong continues to have an            December as “illogical” after       Ponca City. The meeting is          Stillwater Law Center, 1-800-                    civil cases involving domes-
highlighted the split between      excessively vibrant culture          it found that the number of         open to the public and will         256-9601. Legal Aid Services                     tic abuse, housing, consumer
Hong Kongers and mainland          of its own, it could prompt          people identifying themselves       last about an hour.                 of Oklahoma is a nonprofit                       law and government benefits.
visitors, who are frequently       residents to press for a faster      as being Hong Kong citizens           The Advisory Council is           law firm that provides free                      Legal Aid is funded through
derided as “locusts” for their     pace of democratization that         had hit a 10-year high while        composed primarily of citi-         civil legal services to low                      the federal Legal Servic-
voracious buying of every-         could lead to a non-pro-Bei-         those identifying themselves        zens age 60 and older who           income      individuals    and                   es Corp., the Oklahoma Bar
                                                                        as Chinese citizens slumped         assist Legal Aid Services in its    Senior Citizens. The Stillwa-                    Foundation, local area United

      A Very Special                                                    to a 12-year low.
                                                                          The attacks are signs Beijing
                                                                        is trying to stop Hong Kongers
                                                                                                            educational efforts by identi-
                                                                                                            fying important legal issues.
                                                                                                            Participants make suggestions
                                                                                                                                                ter office and its satellite
                                                                                                                                                office in Enid provide ser-
                                                                                                                                                vice to low income persons
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Way agencies, the NODA Area
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Agency on Aging, grants and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 donations from individuals.

  Valentine’s Evening…                                                  from clinging to their cultural,
                                                                        political and linguistic differ-
                                                                        ences, Lam said.
                                                                                                            and recommendations regard-
                                                                                                            ing Legal Aid’s services.
                                                                                                              Claudia Kovar, staff attorney
                                                                                                            with the Enid satellite office
                                                                                                                                                and senior citizens in Alfal-
                                                                                                                                                fa, Blaine, Garfield, Grant,
                                                                                                                                                Kay, Kingfisher, Major and
                                                                                                                                                Noble counties. Find Legal
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       Tuesday, February 14
                                                                          “Beijing is confident that
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Prices up to $27500 net ton
                                                                        since it controls the Hong          of Legal Aid Services of Okla-
                                                                        Kong economy — and the loy-         homa, will conduct the meet-                                                              We buy junk vehicles, semis, buses,
                                                                        alty of the great majority of       ing, which will include a spe-                                                         farm machinery, oil field scrap from small
                                                                        Hong Kong business owners           cial presentation on identity
                                                                                                            theft. Kovar will discuss the
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                                                                        suppress what it regards as
                                                                        the inordinate expansion of
                                                                                                            seniors can take to protect
                                                                                                            their personal information           Accountability  pd. pol. adv.                    Jeff Davis 580-716-1824
                                                                        Hong Kong identity,” he said.
                                                                          Those measures include
                                                                        attempts to introduce Chinese
                                                                        patriotism lessons in schools,
                                                                        preventing dissidents from
                                                                        entering the city and using
                                                                        Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing press
                                                                        to attack people or groups it
                                                                                                                                                                                                     of Oklahoma
                                                                        Fallin Appoints                                                                                                             PONCA CITY

                                           Champagne                    General Counsel                                           “Today, Tomorrow, Together”
                                                                          OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —
                                            Specials                    Gov. Mary Fallin has appoint-
                                                                        ed a federal prosecutor and
                                             Truffles &
                                                                        former U.S. Department of
                                                                        Justice attorney to serve as
                                                                        her general counsel.
                                                                          Fallin announced Thursday
                                             Covered                    that Steve Mullins of Nor-
                                                                        man will fill the post. The
                                           Strawberries                 position was left vacant fol-                Stability: as defined by Webster’s is the state or quality of being stable;
                                                                        lowing the unexpected death
                                                                        in November of Fallin’s first
                                                                                                                 resistance to deterioration or displacement; the strength to stand or endure.
                                          Open at 4 pm                  general counsel, 42-year-old
                                                                        Judy Copeland, who suffered
         “Anti Valentines Day” Wed., Feb 15th,                          a stroke.                                     First National Bank being founded in 1917, remains stable and
         bring a pic of your ex and we will help
                                                                          Mullins previously served                 committed to our customers and the community we so proudly serve.
                                                                        as the senior legal advisor for
                 mutilate and destroy it!                               the Department of Justice in
                                                                        Kabul, Afghanistan, and was
                                                                        appointed U.S. attorney in
                                                                        South Dakota by former Presi-
                                                                        dent George W. Bush. He most
                                                                                                                             FIRST NATIONAL BANK of OKLAHOMA
                                                                        recently served as an assistant
                                                                        U.S. attorney for the Western
                                                                                                                                                Statement of Condition
                                                                        District of Oklahoma and as
                                                                                                                                                         December 31, 2011
                                                                        an adjunct law professor at
 217 E. Grand•580-718-WINE                                              the University of Oklahoma.
                                                                          Mullins received his bach-
                                                                                                                                      Assets                                                     Liabilities
              Downtown Ponca City                                       elor’s and law degrees from
                                                                        the University of Oklahoma.                Cash & Due from Banks    $          52,261,000            Total Deposits                  $         226,967,000
                                                                                                                   Investment Securities    $          18,917,000            Borrowed Funds                  $          10,500,000

                                                                                                                   Total Loans              $      180,933,000

                  FAMILY MEDICAL
                                                                                                                     Reserve for Possible                                    Other Liabilities               $              288,000
                                                                                                                     Loan Losses            $          (2,074,000)
                                                                                                                   Fixed Assets             $           5,039,000            Total Liabilities               $         237,755,000

                    PRACTICE                                                                                       Other Assets

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                                                                                                                Court O. Davis, Vice President
                                                                                                                                                                          Jared Grell, Senior Vice President
                                                                                                                                                                          Kim Burns, Vice Pres., Credit/Compliance Officer
                            Building 3                                                                          Deanna Gilliland, Vice President
                                                                                                                Scott Flanery, Loan Officer
                                                                                                                                                                          Pam Johnson, Banking Officer
                                                                                                                                                                          Paula Ailey, Teller Supervisor, Banking Officer
                            Suite 20                                                                            Krista Hutchison, Banking Officer
                                                                                                                Stephanie Stanfield, Banking Officer
                                                                                                                                                                          Shelly Dickover, Banking Officer
                                                                                                                                                                          Charlene Flanery, Loan Officer
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