We will now be offering a Windows 10 class at the Town & Country Public Library. The first class will be on December 16, from 6:00-8:00 pm. You are welcome to bring your own laptop. Attendees do not have to be residents of the Elburn area, anyone can attend these classes. Please note that space is very limited. You can sign up at http://elburn.evanced.info/signup/EventCalendar.aspx. You must pay at least 24 hours in advance to attend the class. Hope to see you there!
If you enjoy using Google Docs, changes are coming. As we already know, nothing ever stays the same. The old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” NEVER applies to technology. As it appears, Google Docs are also making some changes. Most of these changes are geared towards students, but you never know how it might affect you. Click here to read more.
We can’t stress enough to everyone – Microsoft does not call your house. Anti-virus software companies don’t contact you to tell you your computer has an issue. Please, if someone contacts you and asks for permission to access your computer, HANG UP. Do not allow anyone to remotely access your machine. This will cause you major problems, including potential identity theft, monetary losses, and damage to your computer. Please be smart. If you have any questions, contact us right away!
Our computer class schedule has been updated through December 2015! RKS Enterprises works with the Town and Country Public Library in Elburn to provide affordable tech classes. Classes are only $5 each. The best part? You don’t have to be a resident of the library district to participate in these classes. Classes are open to everyone! The only thing they ask is that you sign up and pay for the class or classes you want to take at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting. If no one signs up 24 hours prior to the event, it will be canceled. This is a great program to take advantage of. Each class can have up to eight students, but will still have class if only one signs up! Laptops will be provided for each lesson, unless the class is device specific (iPad or Android devices).
Get a group of friends and family together and come on out to the library. This can make the class even more fun. Hope you decide to join us! Click here to see what we have to offer for the rest of 2015!
Have you noticed a small, white Windows logo in the lower right corner of your screen? It’s by the clock and other notifications. If you click on this notification, it will pop up a new window asking you to reserve your free copy of Windows 10. FREE? Yes, you saw that right. Microsoft is offering Windows 10 free to customers with genuine installs. Just sign up with your email and you will be notified when the new update is ready to be installed. The expected date is July 29, 2015. Want more information? Click here.
The IRS warns consumers not to fall for bogus charity scams. They often occur in the wake of major disasters like the recent tornadoes in the Midwest or the typhoon in the Philippines. Thieves play on the goodwill of people who want to help disaster victims. They pose as a real charity in order to steal money or get private information to commit identity theft.
The scams use different tactics. Offering charity relief, criminals often:
- Claim to be with real charities to gain public trust.
- Use names similar to legitimate charities.
- Use email to steer people to bogus websites that often look like real charity sites.
- Contact people by phone or email to get them to ‘donate’ money or give their financial information.
The IRS offers the following tips to help taxpayers who wish to donate to victims:
- Donate to qualified charities. Use the Exempt Organizations Select Check tool at IRS.gov to find qualified charities. Only donations to qualified organizations are tax-deductible. You can also find legitimate charities at the Federal Emergency Management Agency website, fema.gov. For more information about the kinds of charities that can receive deductible contributions, see Publication 526, Charitable Contributions.
- Don’t give out information. Don’t give your Social Security number, credit card and bank account numbers or passwords to anyone. Scam artists use this information to steal your identity and money.
- Don’t give or send cash. For security and tax record purposes, don’t give or send cash. Contribute by check, credit card or another way that provides documentation of the donation.
- Report suspected fraud. If you suspect tax or charity-related fraud, visit IRS.gov and click on ‘Reporting Phishing’ at the bottom of the home page.
Get more information about tax scams and schemes at IRS.gov. Click on ‘Tax Fraud & Abuse’ at the bottom of the home page, or click here. You can also get Publication 526 at IRS.gov or call 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).
The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:
- 5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014
- 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014
- 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, including depreciation, insurance, repairs, tires, maintenance, gas and oil. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs, such as gas and oil. The charitable rate is set by law.
Taxpayers always have the option of claiming deductions based on the actual costs of using a vehicle rather than the standard mileage rates.