2014-03-07 / Community

Locals Get Tax Tips At Rockaway Republican Event

Nearly 100 concerned locals gathered at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club on March 4th to get some tax advice. Brenda Stuart-Lukes from the IRS and Mwisa Chisunka from the NY State Department of Taxation & Finance were on site to discuss tax reporting hints and help for all who suffered losses from Superstorm Sandy. The meeting was sponsored by The Rockaway Republicans, and was open to all homeowners, renters and business owners on the peninsula.

“Photographs,” Stuart-Lukes said, “can and should be used to help you document your claims from this extraordinary storm.” She went on to discuss the free tax-help services offered by the IRS, as well as all deadlines and procedures for amending 2012 Tax Returns if needed.

Chisunka reported that the State of New York has set up a special Code Condition #10 for Sandy Disaster losses, emphasizing how important it is for those in Rockaway to indicate code #10 on their state tax returns to alert state auditors. “Sandy situations are reviewed on a case by case basis, so by indicating code condition #10 on the returns immediately signals state employees these returns have special and possibly significant expenses and losses due to Super-Storm Sandy,” she said.

Rockaway's Councilman Ulrich also stopped by to brief everyone on the city's programs, Rapid Repair and Build It Back.

"Really though, the most important and helpful part of the evening was that after the formal discussions, locals were able to meet one on one with the two tax experts, and discuss their own specific issues and hear specific remedies and procedures for their own specific situations,” Rockaway Republican President Alan Zwirn said.

The next meeting of the Rockaway Republicans will be at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18th at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.

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