Briefs Feb. 6-9, 2008 |

Briefs Feb. 6-9, 2008


Is your car buried?

Won’t start this winter?

Donate your car to Recycle Utah

With so many cars buried under mounds of snow and off-street parking rules in effect, many residents are donating their cars to Recycle Utah and clearing the streets at the same time.

Recycle Utah’s car donation program ensures that all components of a donated car are disposed of properly. The community recycling center has a partnership with Tear-a-Part Recycling in Salt Lake City, a car demolition service that uses environmentally sound practices.

Usable fluids such as windshield washer and brake fluid are drained and re-sold. Toxic fluids are siphoned and disposed of as hazardous material. Tear-a-Part Recycling’s state-of-the-art garage ensures these toxins do not enter the ground and its watersheds.

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Auto parts with toxins such as mercury switches are pulled out separately and disposed of as hazardous material. Metals and plastics are separated and recycled separately.

Recycle Utah receives a donation from Tear-a-Part Recycling, which tows the car away at no charge to the owner.

To donate your car to Recycle Utah residents should follow four simple steps: 1. Fill out a form at Recycle Utah center on Woodbine Way or download the form at and mail. 2. Also mail or drop off a copy of the car title or call Recycle Utah for instructions on obtaining a duplicate title. 3. Tear-A-Part Auto Recycling will schedule a pickup. 4. In most cases, donors will be eligible for a tax deduction letter.

For more information on donating your car, call Recycle Utah at 649-9698 or visit

Ciralight hires new regional manager for Southern California office

Tom Jackse has joined Ciralight, a manufacturer of high- performance daylighting systems headquartered in Park City, as regional manager of the company’s Southern California office. He is marketing its products to the manufacturing and industrial communities of Southern California that are seeking to "go green."

Jackse has held numerous sales positions, including western sales manager, sales and marketing manager, district sales manager and owner/partner with office supplies businesses. Jackse had improved sales for companies such as Basicnet, Inc., Del Mar Office Products, Office Depot and SIGNworld before accepting the regional sales manager position with Ciralight.

The earned income tax credit

The earned income tax credit (EITC) is for people who work, but have lower incomes. For those who qualify, it could be worth up to $4,700 this year.

In Tax Year 2006, more than 22.4 million taxpayers received $43.7 billion dollars in EITC making the credit a great investment in the lives of those who claimed it. However, the IRS estimates 20 percent to 25 percent of people who qualify for the credit do not claim it. At the same time, there are millions of Americans who have claimed the credit in error, many who simply do not understand the criteria.

It’s easy to determine whether you qualify for the EITC, the IRS reports. The EITC Assistant, an interactive tool available on, removes the guesswork from eligibility rules. Users answer a few simple questions about themselves, their children, their living situation and your income to find out if they qualify and estimate the amount of their EITC.

For more information about the EITC, visit . Copies of the EITC publication are available in English and Spanish and can be found on the Web site or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Free help and tax preparation is available at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites.