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LA Chamber of Commerce hosts Business EXPO April 23

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Residents mingle at a previous Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Business EXPO.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to host its 26th annual Business EXPO 4-7 p.m. April 23 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The EXPO provides local residents an opportunity to meet Los Altos retailers, restaurateurs, professionals and service-providers in one location. Merchants from all seven business areas in Los Altos plan to participate, and attendees will find information on their offerings. Merchants donate raffle prizes and giveaways at their individual displays.


FTB sends letters to 2013 earners who failed to file tax returns

The more than 1 million California residents who earned money in 2013 but failed to file a state income tax return will soon hear from the state, according to Franchise Tax Board officials.

Since the 1950s, the Franchise Tax Board has contacted people via letter who earned income in California but did not file a tax return. The letters are sent throughout the year, starting in January. Last year, the Tax Board reported collecting more than $715 million through such efforts.


Edward Jones ranks high on Fortune’s Best Companies list

Financial services firm Edward Jones recently ranked No. 6 on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2015.”

Edward Jones made the list for the 16th time, according to Cynthia Wemyss, financial adviser at the Edward Jones office at 339 S. San Antonio Road in Los Altos.


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The Terraces welcomes new program manager

The Terraces at Los Altos recently named Andrea Margulies program manager for The Grove, the senior living community’s memory support residences.

Using expressive art therapy, Margulies supports older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The Terraces at Los Altos offers music, art and pet therapy.


IKB Design wins award for remodel

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Los Altos-based IKB Design earned a platinum award for a home remodel in Menlo Park, above.

The Los Altos-based IKB Design & Construction recently won a platinum award for a full house remodel in Menlo Park at the 2015 National Association of the Remodeling Industry Meta awards.

Scores were based on a set of criteria including problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and presentation.


As April 15 approaches, new IRS tool can help you find a tax preparer

The IRS has launched a new online public directory of tax-return preparers.

Taxpayers can use the tool – the Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications – to select a tax-return preparer with the credentials and qualifications they prefer.


Help boost refund with Earned Income Tax Credit

In partnership with the IRS, the Franchise Tax Board encourages eligible California taxpayers to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit when filing their federal tax returns.

Nearly 3.1 million Californians received more than $7.3 billion in refunds last year, according to state officials. The average Earned Income Tax Credit refund totaled $2,373. The IRS estimates that one in five Earned Income refunds goes unclaimed each year.


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