Briefs for Jan. 17-20, 2007 |

Briefs for Jan. 17-20, 2007

Business Secrets

A business seminar emceed by Mark Eaton will take place Jan. 18 in the auditorium be held in the auditorium of the Larry Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College at 9750 South and 300 West. Attendees should be in their seats by 7:51 a.m. to qualify for door prizes such as special reports, CD sets, ad makeovers and consultations. Admittance is $147 at the door but early registrants can save $20 by calling (800) 584-7585.

Sundance Panel Discussions

The 2007 Sundance Film Festival announced the topics, participants, times, and locations of the panel discussions taking place during the Festival, which runs Jan. 18-28, , at the Sundance Resort, in Salt Lake City, and in Ogden, Utah. The Festival panel discussions stimulate animated debates between filmmakers, industry representatives, journalists, historians, authors, and scholars on a host of topics important to the international filmmaking community. For a list of panel discussions and times, log onto

Utah Gas prices

According to AAA fuel report, even though the price of oil has remained in the low $50 range and the national average gasoline price is dropping, the latest report from AAA Utah finds the average gas price in Utah remains stable this month after several months of falling prices. The average price of regular, self-serve gasoline in Utah is $2.28 a gallon. This is the same as the price during AAA’s last survey on Dec. 12. It is 16 cents higher than a year ago. The national average price is $2.23 a gallon. This is 6 cents lower than last month’s average and 9 cents lower than a year ago.

Tax returns through Internet

Taxpayers may now file their 2006 tax returns electronically as the Internal Revenue Service opens the e-file program following a record-setting year. Taxpayers who use IRS e-file and who choose direct deposit can receive their refund in half the time. Also, tax return information is protected through encryption, and an e-filed tax return is far more accurate than a paper return. Taxpayers receive an acknowledgement within 48 hours that the IRS accepted the return. The IRS plans a Feb. 3 start date for processing tax returns that claim key tax provisions enacted in December. Both paper and electronic returns will not be processed if submitted before Feb. 3. Tax returns filed on paper will be accepted but will not be processed until after IRS processing systems are updated on Feb. 3.

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