The intelligence community report on Russian activities in the 2016 election

Hiya: Filter Spam Calls — Katie Floyd

Recently I’ve been receiving more and more spam phone calls. With iOS 10 Apple allowed developers to create extensions that would interface with the Phone.app and allow incoming calls to be checked against a database of suspected spammers.

Out of desperation, I’ve tried a few of these Apps claiming to screen or block suspected spam callers as they’ve popped up in the App store. Thus far the only one I’ve found that has worked somewhat reliably is Hiya. (Glenn Fleishman writing for Macworld has a more extensive review)

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Use Where’s My Refund? to Check the Status of Your Refund,

  Use Publication 2043 to Set Refund Expectations for Your Clients

IRS Publication 2043, IRS Refund Information Guidelines for the Tax Preparation Community, has been updated for 2017. The publication provides the latest refund information and guidelines to advise clients who are expecting refunds.

This year’s update includes information about a new law that requires the IRS to hold refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. The IRS will begin to release EITC/ACTC refunds starting Feb. 15. However, these refunds likely will not reach taxpayers until the week of Feb. 27.

See: Where’s My Refund?

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