PFD doesn’t trigger kid tax
The IRS sent announced that this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend falls below the amount to trigger a kid’s tax.
Special tax rules apply to children under age 18, and certain older children who receive more than $1,900 of unearned income, including the Permanent Fund Dividend and taxable Native Corporation Dividends. Some people refer to this as the “kiddie tax.” Dependents must file a tax return if they have unearned income greater than $950.
Islands and Ocean closed for maintenance
Work is progressing quickly on the Beluga Slough Trail. Some of the new supports are already in, and in the next couple of weeks the new metal grating decking will get installed. The project’s estimated completion date is mid-October, with interpretive signage to go in soon after.
Off-season hours begin at Islands and Ocean this week, with the center open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. However, the center needs to briefly close for some maintenance work. Over the next two weeks, it will be closed to safely use equipment to reach high ceilings and do everything from cleaning light fixtures to doing maintenance on the heating system. It will open early if the work is completed sooner. Closure dates are through Oct. 1.
Nature Rocks Homer
The fall meeting will be Oct. 11 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Homer folks of all ages are invited to join this semi-annual community forum for a lively and fun discussion about the issue of children not spending enough time outdoors and how we — as a community — are overcoming this. For more info, contact Carmen at 226-4659, or visit the Nature Rocks Homer Facebook page.
Health fair booths available
Booth space is available for the annual Health Fair, set for Nov. 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Homer High School. The fair is sponsored by Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary Club in partnership with South Peninsula Hospital.
This year’s theme, “It’s Your Life … Take a Day to Be Well,” promotes individual wellness, and the fair provides free and inexpensive information and screenings related to health.
Exhibitors are invited to provide learning centers, screenings, information, demonstrations or interactive activities to promote their message or service related to health. No sales are permitted at the fair. Booth space is free, and the deadline to reserve a space is Oct. 10. Visit www.sphosp.org for a booth application.
Crane movie airs Oct. 1
Raising Kid Colt, a 35-minute movie about the life of a Homer Sandhill Crane family, will be shown at 5 and 7 p.m., Monday at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center auditorium. The movie is sponsored by Kachemak Bay Birders, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and Kachemak Crane Watch. Copies of the movie will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to benefit habitat protection of the cranes’ winter grounds in California.
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