Briefs Feb. 23-26, 2008 |

Briefs Feb. 23-26, 2008


AARP sponsors free tax preparation

AARP is sponsoring free tax-preparation appointments at the Park City Library on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 13 through April 9. These tax-preparation appointments are for individual tax returns and various credits, including earned-income credit, child care, elderly and disabled and education credit.

AARP reminds seniors of the stimulus rebate. After facing the prospect of a recession, Congress passed an emergency "Economic Growth" plan that rushes rebates of $600 to $1,200 to most taxpayers (wage earners) and $300 checks to seniors who received at least $3,000 in Social Security benefits, even if they do not pay any 2007 income taxes, and other low-income people and disabled veterans, a press release reads.

Rebate checks could begin arriving in May. These checks are separate from the income tax, tax credits or tax refunds related to the 2007 tax return. The rebate will not be counted as 2008 taxable income nor reduce any refund due in 2008. But people must file a 2007 income-tax return to qualify for the rebate, even if they receive only Social Security and even if they pay no 2007 income taxes.

To make a free tax preparation appointment, call Merry White at (435) 615-5602.

Realtors sponsor ‘No More Ice Dams: the Green Presentation’

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The Park City Board of Realtors is sponsoring a presentation called "No More Ice Dams: The ‘Green’ Way to Solve Park City’s Winter Nightmare." This free lecture will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Park City Board of Realtors building, located at 1889 Prospector Avenue. Dennis Duce, of Nielco Roofing and Sheet Metal will discuss "cold roofs" for new construction and LEED-rated ice-melt systems for existing homes. The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 649-4112.

Tourism marketing contest now accepting entries

The Utah Office of Tourism and the Utah Tourism Industry Coalition are accepting entries for the Third Annual Utah Tourism Advertising and Marketing Contest. The contest will celebrate Utah’s best in tourism marketing. Winners will be announced at the Utah Tourism Conference on Friday, May 14, 2008, at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center.

Each entry will cost $25 and organizations may submit a total of five entries. The contest is open to Arts/Cultural Organizations/Businesses, Destination Marketing Organizations (CVBs, County Travel Councils, Travel Regions, etc.), Hotels/Motels/Bed & Breakfast Inns, Ranches/Lodges, Restaurants, Shopping/Specialty Stores, Ski Areas/Mountain Resorts, Sports/Recreation/Guides & Outfitters, and Transportation Services.

The entry form for the Advertising and Marketing Contest can be found online at or by contacting Rebecca Katz at the Utah Office of Tourism at (801) 538-1479 or by e-mail at .