News Briefs for Thursday — February 09, 2006

• Time for taxes has arrived

• Meeting on renewable energy set

• Sixth-grade students must submit records

• Tax-assistance line is on now

• Waimea Hongwanji bazaar coming Saturday

• OHA grant-writing workshop coming soon


Time for taxes has arrived

State Department of Taxation officials began mailing out the 2005 Hawai‘i income tax form and instruction packages to individual Hawai‘i taxpayers last week. Resident taxpayers will receive the package for the same form they filed for the 2004 tax year unless the filer checked the box to request only a mailing label. Mailing labels will be sent in a postcard-sized mailing.

Non-resident taxpayers will receive a non-resident form and instruction package only if one was requested on their 2004 tax return.

Taxpayers are urged to start gathering their tax records so they have enough time to obtain all forms and documents needed to accurately file their income tax return by the April 20 filing deadline.

The Department of Taxation provides a number of services to taxpayers needing tax forms, information, and assistance. One of the easiest services to use is the Web site, www.hawaii.gov/tax. The department’s Web site is a convenient way for taxpayers to obtain Hawai‘i tax forms and other information.

Forms for the 2005 tax year, with writable fields that allow users to type in their entries before printing, have already been posted. A search feature helps taxpayers find specific information.

In late February, at a cost of $10 per CD, 2005 Hawai‘i Tax Information CDs will be available and will contain the 2005 tax forms with writable fields, tax information releases, announcements, tax facts, brochures, and more.

All forms and publications can also be mailed as requested; selected forms can also be faxed. On O‘ahu, call 587-7572. From Kaua‘i, the continental United States and Canada, call toll-free 1-800-222-7572. This telephone number is for form and publication requests only. Do not call this number for tax information or assistance.


Meeting on renewable energy set

Members of Apollo Kaua‘i, who are concerned residents who have organized to foster a renewable-energy future for Kaua‘i, will hold their monthly meeting Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative conference room, in the Hana Kukui Building on Pahe‘e Street in Kukui Grove Village West.

The guest speaker is Dr. Adam Asquith, and his topic will be “Energy, Economy and Our Community.” Members of the public are welcome to attend, Apollo Kaua‘i leaders said in a press release.

For more information, call 828-1602, or see the Web site, www.apollokauai.org.


Sixth-grade students must submit records

Officials at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School in Puhi said in a press release those sixth-grade students who have not turned in their student immunization records, or have turned in incomplete records, will not get their class schedules.

By state law, public-school sixth-graders must have proof of a series of immunizations before starting the seventh grade.

For more information, call Nadine Robinson at 241-3200, ext. 234.


Tax-assistance line is on now

State Department of Taxation officials in a press release said they have expanded customer-service hours for telephone calls during the 2006 tax season.

Starting Wednesday, and ending April 28, telephone lines will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding state holidays).

Kaua‘i residents needing taxpayer assistance may call toll-free 1-800-222-3229. Questions may also be e-mailed to Taxpayer.Services@hawaii.gov.


Waimea Hongwanji bazaar coming Saturday

Officials at the Waimea Higashi Hong-wanji church off Kaumuali‘i Highway announced that they are hosting a bazaar Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be Bunga’s chicken, sushi, nishime, baked goods, vegetables, plants and flowers, crafts, Japanese antiques (including kimono, obi and other items), white-elephant items, ceramics, and more.

There will be an environmental exhibit, where church members will explain and encourage recycling and how to make natural energy and sustainable communities.

Prepaid tickets are available.

The Waimea Higashi Hongwanji temple grounds are east of Waimea Plantation Cottages, on a dirt road off Kaumuali‘i Highway between the craft fair tents and Waimea Plantation Cottages.

Call 338-1847 for more information.


OHA grant-writing workshop coming soon

Officials in the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs in a press release announced they will be hosting a free grants-writing workshop open to beneficiaries interested in applying for OHA grants.

The workshop is Feb. 23, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, 4530 Kali Rd., near The Garden Island newspaper building, in Lihu‘e.

To register for this workshop, call the OHA Lihu‘e office at 241-3390. Seating is limited.

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