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FAIRLANE MEADOWS COOPERATOR February Volume 11, Issue 12 2009 CONTACTS: Annual Meeting AN EDITORIAL BY PEG ZIMMERMANN President: Jan Warner Fairlane Meadows Cooperative offers you the very best low 889-1685 to moderate-income alternative to individual home ownership. We are not renters. We communally own the property and as Vice President: such each possess a share of stock that entitles us to rights Kevin Segard and responsibilities. These include the responsibility to vote 3515 Fairwood Ct. for your choice of Board of Directors who govern the 890-4872 community on your behalf, the right to claim certain tax Kevin.Segard@Diebold.com deductions when available to you, the responsibility to share the costs involved in running the community, the right to enjoy comfortable housing at an affordable cost in return for Secretary/ participation in the process. Newsletter Editor: Peg Zimmermann How we participate varies. Some choose to pay carrying 3519 Fairwood Ct. charges in return for being left alone. Some choose to pay (616) 531-2234 carrying charges in return for being actively involved. Others margaretzimmermann lie in between. Each month the commonality of paying the @att.net carrying charges assessed pools our efforts to cover costs and hopefully keep living in a well cared for community Pet Committee Chair affordable for those of us who make less then median Donna Betras income. 3490 Fairmeadow Ct. The key is sharing. There are forty eight units on the 745-4107 (after 5pm) property and each of us contributes monetarily to the well Donna.firstname.lastname@example.org being of the community. The board that is elected by the membership calculates those carrying charges into a budget Member At Large that pays for the wants and needs dictated by HUD, the state Ron Losse’ and local governments, and the membership. Your opportunity to contribute by voting for members of the board occurs at the annual meeting. Please mark your calendar and attend. It is March 23, 2009. Doors open at 6:00 PM for registration of proxies. The meeting begins at Office Manager 7:00 PM. Regular Maintenance Paul Proctor This year we are also giving those who attend a chance to (616) 530-9257 respond to a Satisfaction Survey. This short survey gives Fairmeadows590@sbcglobal.net you an opportunity to let us know how we’re doing. It gives you the opportunity to let us know your concerns in addition Emergency Maintenance to giving us a way to evaluate your satisfaction with Fairlane (After Hours) Meadows Cooperative. Please clear your calendar to allow (616)890-4872 you to attend in person or via proxy through another resident. We choose to be affordable. In order to do so, we need to be 48 units strong. The current economy has us with empty units. It is important for members to understand that if costs See you at the next are being controlled and the number of memberships meeting: decreases, the individual costs to maintain go up for those who remain. February 16, 2008 We need to advocate for our cooperative and fill those Doors Open at 6PM vacancies. We each need to become marketing experts Meeting starts among our family, friends, and associates to work together to fill those empties and those that are surely coming. promptly at 6:30 PM This is a wonderful place to live and your opportunity to contribute your ideas and vote for your choice of board ANNUAL MEETING members is on the horizon. See you at the meetings, both March 23, 2009 February 16th and March XXth. Meeting begins 7:00 PM The Community Office Building FAIRLANE MEADOWS Pet Registrations TAX TIME Three Places to Find Help were due in Paying to have your taxes done is one way to get them done. But there is help out there for those looking to economize. There are many tools to January help get the job done and this year there are lots of ways to prepare your own tax return for free, some of which you can take advantage of no matter what your income. Fairlane Meadows allows common household pets defined The newest is from the IRS – Free File Fillable Forms service as follows: Pluses: No limit to the income you can report using these forms BIRD – including canary, You can enter data, save it and come back to it later and add more data parakeet, finch, and other Lots of forms available as part of the package, including species that are normally kept business income, capital gains, employee business expenses caged. Limit 3. Birds of prey a variety of credits and more are not permitted. You can produce your estimated tax vouchers 0 but can’t transmit payment from the system FISH – in tanks or aquariums. They will do the math Not to exceed 20 gallons in You can get your refund directly deposited to your bank capacity. Poisonous or account If you owe back taxes, child support etc., you will be notified dangerous fish or turtles are about monies to be withheld from your refund and why NOT permitted. You can transmit your completed return directly to IRS and get proof of filing or print it out and mail it in CAT – male or female must be Minuses: neutered/spayed, and de- You can’t file your state form electronically from the system clawed. Limit one. There are no error messages or automatic prompts telling you to add forms At NO time will Fairlane The Free File Alliance (FFA) Meadows approved exotic pets Due to the practice of some online tax software companies of pushing the including: Snakes, monkeys, costly and profitable refund anticipation loans (RAL) in the past, IRS and game, etc. Only one type prohibited FFA members from offering RALs a couple of years ago. pet will be allowed per unit. Several companies dropped out, since they still reap profits from Every pet must be registered at encouraging files to pay exorbitant fees to get their refunds in less than 10 days. This year, the IRS also cut off any upsell products whatsoever. That the time it is acquired and reduces the chance of impulse buys. However, you may still prepare and renewed annually with the office. file state returns for a fee. Registration is required each FFA members provide you with regular tax software so there is no trouble year in January. Payment is $20 with calculations and forms, as you would with the IRS’s new service. Most of the services provide interview based input pages. As in the past, annually. You must complete a you will be able to deposit your refund electronically and get confirmation new Pet Registration form. from IRS that you have e-filed your federal tax return. Three services are Proof of shots, spaying or available in Spanish this year. Not all services support all states or have all neutering, and de-clawing for forms from this free service. You will want to shop the members to see cats is also required along with a which one offers the forms you need. photo of the pet. To use this service your income cannot exceed $56,000. And not all the services wills tore your data to carry over to future years. Those who did not register by You can tap into the service at the main IRS website: http://irs.gov/efile the end of the month have received a fine letter. All fines TURBO TAX Free Version are taken out of payments What’s the difference between the FFA Free Service and the Free Edition before monthly carrying charges. offered by Turbo Tax on their home page? Plenty! If you no longer have the pet in Includes: question, you need to contact A new, intuitive question/answer path the office or the Pet Committee Live Community support – you can research a database of for review. Having a pet is a questions and answers or post your own questions and get responsibility we take seriously. help Please remember that you need Free audit support: If you get an audit letter from IRS, to let us know when you bring a TurboTax will help you identify which form letter it is. The service provides you with a template to use for your response new pet into your home and and tells you what documents to gather to prepare for your when you no longer have a pet audit. on the premesis. The data you enter in your file stays in the system and carries over to next year, without re-entering it. You can prepare your state return for a fee of $25.95 per state. Of course, none of the premium services are included in the free version – like ItsDeductible that helps you value your charitable contributions or Gainskeeper to provide basis data for stock sales. However, most of us filing 1040A or 1040EZ and other simple returns using the standard deduction can use this service. Although it may be fun to file online, especially for free, those who find computers frutstrating and impersonal can take advantage of IRs’s VITA program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (call 1-800-829- 1040 for a location near you) or the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program (call 1-888-227-7669 for site locations.
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