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Business & Real Estate

'Where's My Refund?' tool gives taxpayers ability to track status

Taxpayers seeking the status of their refunds now can check on the process using their computers or smartphones.

The IRS, which reportedly issues 90 percent of refunds in under 21 days, offers the “Where’s My Refund?” tracking tool, accessible at IRS.gov/Refunds or via the IRS2Go phone app.

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Business Briefs

MV prepares for super business

Participating Mountain View businesses will offer special deals through Sunday as part of Chamber of Commerce Mountain View and the Central Business Association’s Super Bowl 50 festivities.

During game week, black and gold posters denote participating businesses.

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Business Noteworthy

Wemyss attends conference for top advisers

Edward Jones financial adviser Cynthia Wemyss of Los Altos attended Barron’s Top Women Advisors Summit in Palm Beach, Fla., Dec. 2-4 for the third consecutive year.

The conference, convened to enhance the professional development of those who work with individual investors, convenes the nation’s top women financial advisers and industry decision-makers.

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State Street sees comings, goings

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Kilgoris Project’s Marketplace opens Thursday at 252 State St. in downtown Los Altos.

The dramatic roll-front retail space at 252 State St. in downtown Los Altos will soon transform into a holiday boutique – for four days, at least.

Kilgoris Project’s Marketplace is scheduled to return Thursday as a pop-up shop featuring items from throughout the world.

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Business Briefs

Volunteers sought for tax-prep program

Betty T. Yee, state controller and Franchise Tax Board chairwoman, last week urged Californians to become certified to help low-income people file tax returns for free as part of the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

According to the FTB, the program will be particularly important next year when California rolls out its version of the Earned Income Tax Credit, designed to boost the income of low-earning households.

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LAVA hosts Spooktacular, Holiday Stroll

The Los Altos Village Association has scheduled the following fall events.

• Halloween Spooktacular, noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 30. Hosted by LAVA since 1963, the annual downtown tradition includes trick-or-treating at participating businesses, and, from 2-4 p.m., games, face painting, balloon art and crafts.

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FTB offers tips as tax deadline nears


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Taxpayers can opt to e-file.

The deadline for filing 2014 state personal income-tax returns to avoid penalties is Thursday.

Californians file more than 16 million personal income-tax returns annually, according to the Franchise Tax Board, with more than 1.5 million taxpayers taking advantage of the state’s automatic six-month filing extension.

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