It’s Tax Time Again

2013 state and federal income taxes are due April 15, 2014 and the
library can make your tax experience a little bit easier. Tax forms are
available at many libraries. Check with your local library
to see if they have the form you need. Both New York State and Federal
forms and instructions are available online (see below). The  Business & Social Sciences Division of
the Central Library also has Federal and New York State tax forms and
instructions for prior years. Some of these are in a reproducible format
and can be photocopied. Many tax forms for other states can be found online. Click here for more information.

Crime Statistics

Do  you need statistics on crime locally. Take a look at the following website: www.RocDocs.com/CrimeMap.

“It’s based on a massive database of crime reports filed by the Rochester Police Department since January 1, 2008.  The information is provided by the RPD and is updated daily.  People “can select a date range or choose a type of crime to narrow the search.  People can get an overview of what is going on in their neighborhood.  People can zero in to what’s happened at a specific address, or look up the basic details of a specific incident.  The database that powers the map includes reports for incidents categorized as “Part I Crimes” under the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) guidelines.  This includes homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft”.

Government Grants Scams

Sometimes, it’s an ad that claims you will qualify to receive a “free grant” to pay for education costs, home repairs, home business expenses, or unpaid bills. Other times, it’s a phone call supposedly from a “government” agency or some other organization with an official sounding name. In either case, the claim is the same: your application for a grant is guaranteed to be accepted, and you’ll never have to pay the money back.

But the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, says that “money for nothing” grant offers usually are scams, whether you see them in your local paper or a national magazine

Here are some Guidelines to Follow from the Federal Trade Commission:

Don’t give out your bank account to anyone you don’t know.

Don’t pay money for a “free grant”.

Lookalikes aren’t the real thing

phone numbers can deceive

Register yourself with the Do Not Call Registry

File A Complaint with the FTC

Remember call us at 428-8130 and we can help determine if something is a scam or stop in and visit us on the fourth floor of the Central Library, 115 South Ave.

New Book

Interesting title of a book. This is a new book that we received in the Business and Social Sciences Division. Come Check it out!

It’s a rare glimpse into the mind of a master perfumer, and an inspired read for the fragrance enthusiast.” ~www.sniffapalooza.com

 

Grants Information Center

Are you looking for a list of top foundations that give grants in certain areas. Check the Foundation Center out at the Central Library in Rochester. We are one of the only libraries between Buffalo and Syracuse that house the Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Directory. This is a directory that has information about grants for nonprofit organizations. Interested in learning more, come see the Grants Information Center or call us at 585-428-8130.  There are even free classes taught every month about grant seeking for nonprofits and how to search the comprehensive Foundation Directory online !