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Parents Can Get Tax Credit for Sending Kids to Day Camp


Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Many working parents need to arrange for care for their children when school is out. A popular solution - with a tax benefit - is a day camp program.



The Internal Revenue Service reminds parents that the cost of day camp may be a qualifying expense for the Child and Dependent Care Credit, which can be worth as much as $2,100 at tax time. Taxpayers should keep records of qualifying expenses.



Expenses for overnight camps do not qualify. However, summer expenses for an in-home childcare provider or a daycare facility also may qualify working parents for the tax credit, just as they do during the school year.



To qualify, expenses must be for a child under 13 years old and who is the taxpayer's dependent. The expenses must be work-related, meaning the care allows the parent(s) to work or look for employment.



The credit is generally 20 to 35 percent of expenses (less any amount reimbursed by a pre-tax flexible spending account), capped at $3,000 in expenses for one child and at $6,000 for two or more children. The actual credit varies by income, but the maximum credit applies to income below $15,000. The 20 percent rate applies to taxpayers with income of more than $43,000.



For more information, see IRS Publication 503, Child and Dependent Care Expenses, available at IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

HARRIET ISLAND TRANSFORMATION TO TASTE OF MINNESOTA UNDERWAY

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 29, 2010) - Tents are being raised, stages are being built and Harriet Island is transforming into the new and improved 2010 Taste of Minnesota. With more than 100 hours of live music on five stages starting at 11 a.m. daily, tw ..... 
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Legislative changes simplify enrollment for Rural Preserve program

Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Saint Paul - Recent legislative changes will make the new Rural Preserve program a simpler option for Minnesota farmers deciding on property tax treatment of non-agricultural, class 2b rural vacant land that is currently enrolled in Green Acres.
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Kanabec County family wins monthly MDA award

Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A multigenerational Kanabec County farm family has been awarded this month's Commissioner's Good Farm Neighbor award from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Stacy and Kevin Thoeny along with Kevin's parents Don and Debra ..... 
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State grants available for feedlot and septic system improvement projects

Mon, Jun 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

St. Paul - More than $4 million in state grants is available to local government units for projects to protect and restore water quality by improving feedlots near impaired waters and replacing subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS) that are iden ..... 
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Great American Backyard Campout: Trading the Wii for the Wilderness

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - School's out for summer, and instead of letting the kids turn into couch potatoes, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is encouraging Minnesota families to enjoy some time together under the stars during the annual Great American ..... 
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USE AND TRANSPORT FIREWORKS SAFELY, LEGALLY

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - The July 4th holiday is a time when Americans celebrate generations of independence with family gatherings, community events and casual use of dangerous explosives.

">From a safety perspective, it doesn't make sense to celebrate any ..... 
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Nat'l Summer Learning Day: Putting the "Summer" into MN Summer School

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - It may be summer break, but a busy day is planned for thousands of children as part of National Summer Learning Day today. It's an annual event intended to raise awareness of the importance of high-quality summer educational opportuniti ..... 
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Minnesota Skateboarding Millennial Has High-Flying, Hip Business

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

June 2010, Saint Paul, Minnesota: Most 17-year-old skateboarders have enough trouble juggling schoolwork, hanging with friends and finding awesome places to test their boards. Dennis Nelson, a junior in high school from Saint Paul, Minnesota, decided ..... 
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