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Fascinating science news is out in Scientific American’s October 2015 issue…

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guerrerovelascoBabiesTest-Tube Corals…Australian scientists are manually breeding genetically modified “supercorals” that can live in more inhospitable oceans…at the National Sea Simulator in Queensland, Australia.

The Vicissitudes of Sex…Biologist Steven Hecht Ozack has studied various fertility records, prenatal test, induced abortions and U.S. Census data points, to discover that sex-ratios or odds of a fetus or baby being a girl or boy waver at the various stages of gestation.

An Antidote to Murder…a Columbian scientist, Rodrigo Guerrero Velasco, employs epidemiological/public health strategies “to identify sources of homicide and reveal social policy changes that might make a difference.”

Sleep On It! By Robert Stickholdnatseasimulator
It seems sleep deprivation not only interferes with normal body functions such as hormonal activity and immune defense, but also is associated with weight gain and development of type 2 diabetes. Also, restricted sleep impacts our brains’ abilities to manage emotional memories (particularly negative ones). Better sleep also enables us to better remember things that are important to us and our futures. Fascinating!

SleepWellThe Eat Gene…by Richard Johnson and Peter Andrews
A genetic mutation (crippled uricase) in an ape species millions of years ago is hypothesized to be a “thrifty gene” that enabled our ancestors to store fat and survive food shortages.  Today, however, it may be a factor in weight gain, diabetes, and obesity.

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Written by lantanalister1

September 24, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Tax Return Fraud in Florida and What to Do

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Do you have friends or associates who have had their tax returns stolen from them here in Florida?

I do.  Recently at Broward College in Coconut Creek, Florida, several of my fellow employees’ identities were stolen.  When these employees went to file their federal tax returns, they learned that their returns had already been filed by someone else.

According to one of my colleagues, local police officers advised him to do the following:

1) Report the crime to the IRS with a theft afadavit (whereby the IRS appoints an advocate to help return a refund to the legitimate taxpayer),
2) Report the crime immediately to local law enforcement,
3) Report the crime with Federal Trade Commission, and
3) Report the crime with elected representatives, and of course,
4) Alert others to this growing problem.

Facts on tax return fraud:

Tax return fraud has been increasing steadily in recent years — especially in Tampa and South Florida.  A recent Miami Herald article by Erika Bolstad reported the IRS had identified and prevented about $14 billion worth of fraudulent tax returns.

Read more about tax return fraud:
Avoid the inconvenience of having to search over the world wide web with Google, Yahoo, etc.  Don’t waste time sifting through results/hit list in order to access trustworthy/credible information!

Instead, log onto and search Lantana Public Library’s NewsBank database with terms such as “Florida Tax Return Fraud”.

NewsBank then compiles credible, relevant articles on this topic from newspapers both in Florida and nationally into ONE list for users.

Users can then in the upper left hand navigation bar sort further by year, location, actual newspaper source, and source type, and print all articles for free.

Here are just a few articles that I found using the NewsBank database:

*”Feds: Tax fraud an epidemic in Florida and spreading nationwide – The Internal Revenue Service this year has flagged 2 million returns for possible fraud through identity theft ” by Erika Bolstad, Miami Herald — Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

*”Bill Speeds IRS Refunds for ID Theft Victims,” by  William E. Gibson and Donna Gehrke-White, Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) –Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

*”IRS Pilot Program to Combat ID Theft,” by Donna Gehrke-White, Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), — Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Articles on the world wide web:

*”ID Thieves Loot Tax Checks, Filing Early and Often” by Lizette Alvarez, New York Times, May 26, 2012.

* “IRS policies help fuel tax refund fraud, officials say” by Scott Zamost and Randi Kaye, CNN, Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Also see the New York Times’ Tips on Preventing Tax Return Identify Theft. 

Written by lantanalister1

June 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm