2.1 Million Tennesseans Can File Free Online Starting Friday

Friday, January 17, 2014

The tax filing season opens Jan. 31, but the Internal Revenue Service on Friday announced the immediate availability of Free File brand-name software -- only at IRS.gov/freefile.

"About 2.1 million Tennessee filers qualify to do their taxes free online using IRS Free File's brand-name tax software," said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.

Taxpayers whose 2013 income was $58,000 or less are eligible to use Free File's tax software at IRS.gov. Others can use the Free File Fillable Forms option at no cost.

Fourteen commercial software companies that provide their Free File tax prep products at no cost began offering their products today. The companies will hold tax returns filed now until Jan. 31 when the IRS begins accepting returns.

Nationwide, nearly 40 million taxpayers have used Free File since it debuted in 2003. These taxpayers have saved more than an estimated $1.2 billion by using Free File.

Local NAACP Launches Moral Week Of Action Aug. 22-28

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP, along with coalition partners, will conduct a Moral Monday Press Conference at City Hall on Friday. This press conference is relative to the launch of the TN NAACP’s Moral Week of Action, scheduled from Aug. 22-28.    During the press conference, information will be provided about the state-wide MWA activities, which will include ... (click for more)

Capture 2014 Kickoff Is Sept. 19 With Screening Of The Wrecking Crew

Denny Tadesco will bring his film, The Wrecking Crew, to Chattanooga for an exclusive screening and Q&A with the filmmaker. This screening will coincide with the Capture 2014 filmmaking kick-off event on Friday, Sept. 19. The Capture 2014 kick-off begins at 5:30 p.m., the screening of The Wrecking Crew will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center,  200 E. Martin ... (click for more)

School Board Delays Decision On Big-Ticket Health Insurance Item For 1 Week

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to delay a vote on a new insurance plan for employees until next Thursday. Sandy Hughes, president of the Hamilton County Education Association, said, "I have a difficult time trying to think of what priority in spending is more important than the well-being of your employees and their children...You've not given us enough ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Westview Elementary Rampage Under Treatment At Moccasin Bend

The 22-year-old charged with a rampage through Westview Elementary School is under treatment at Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital, officials said. Aaron Roden had been set for his first court appearance on Thursday morning. Attorney Allen Dunn of the public defender's office said the hearing needed to be delayed. A status court appearance will be Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Sheriff ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s ‘Pay It Forward’

At 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, this at a Starbucks coffee store located at 2186 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Fla.,  an unidentified woman who was first in line at the drive-through window, politely told the drive-through window clerk she would like to “pay it forward.” The clerk checked the next order – it was a caramel macchiato – and the first customer paid for both her ... (click for more)