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OCTOBER 5, 2016

 

IN THIS WEEK'S ISSUE:

Beginning in November 2016, the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will launch a new web portal, MyTax.DC.gov, making it simpler, faster, and safer to view and pay Individual Income and Business taxes. For some tax types you can use the portal to file your returns.

Here are the top five things you need to know about MyTax.DC.gov:

  1. Self-sufficiency: MyTax.DC.gov will allow you to be more self-sufficient on the Internet in the convenience of your home or place of business. With the taxpayer self-service options, you can update your information and open and close tax accounts. These options are available to individuals as well as businesses.
  2. Online access: On MyTax.DC.gov you will be able to access recent payment activity, return activity, schedule and receive notifications for payments and file withholding returns electronically.
  3. View and print copies of correspondence: You will receive electronic copies of the Office of Tax and Revenue’s correspondence through MyTax.DC.gov.
  4. Access client accounts: Accountants and/or tax preparers will be able to access client accounts (with client's permission) using one set of credentials.
  5. Provide daily updates: Lastly, MyTax.DC.gov will provide daily updates on account statuses, notices sent and account transactions.
Questions? Contact the Office of Tax and Revenue at (202) 727-4TAX or e-services.otr@dc.gov.
LABYRINTH GAMES & PUZZLES TO CELEBRATE STORE EXPANSION ON OCTOBER 22

Join Labyrinth Games & Puzzles on October 22 from 10am to 4pm for the unveiling of their much-anticipated store expansion! There will be cake and prizes, and if that's not enough to convince you, they'll be playing their favorite games with expansions.

The new space, which was formerly Ace Cash Express, will include a second register, more space to move around, a private play space (which is available for rent for private parties) and a brand new display area.

The addition of the new space will allow Labyrinth to expand their current offerings as well as their products. They plan to start hosting living card game nights, learn to play Magic the Gathering evenings, and much more. If you have an idea for something you'd like to see in the new space, you can email Labyrinth here.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND DC DEPTARTMENT OF HEALTH PARTNER TO COMBAT RODENT POPULATION IN DC NATIONAL PARKS

The National Park Service (NPS) recently announced a partnership with the D.C. Department of Health (DOH) to better control the rodent populations in national parks in the District. Under the agreement, which took effect on October 1, DOH staff will inspect and treat national parks throughout the city. Residents can now report rats in any national park to request treatment by calling the Citywide Call Center at 311.

The NPS and DOH partnership will increase the frequency with which rats are treated in parks and improve the citywide coordination to control the rodent population. Additionally, DOH will also provide recommendations for making the parks less habitable for rats.

"The National Park Service is committed to ensuring safe, positive experiences for visitors in all of our parks, and this agreement with the D.C. Department of Health provides us better tools to control the rodent population,” said Robert Vogel, National Capital Regional Director for the National Park Service. “By simplifying the reporting process and decreasing the response time for treatment of affected areas, we are working together toward a rat-free D.C.”

“We are extremely excited to partner with the National Park Service and maximize our opportunity to protect the public health and safety of the District’s residents and visitors by reducing rodent activity through proactive surveys, inspections, baiting and enforcement,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director, DOH. “This adds to our citywide ‘Rat Riddance’ efforts that work to minimize the city’s overall rat population.”

Residents can play an important role in the fight. Ways that residents can help include:

  • Placing all trash and food waste in trash cans
  • Reporting sightings of rats or possible rat burrows to 311
  • Cleaning up after pets and making sure waste is disposed of in a trash can
  • Keeping your dog on a leash

For more information on reducing the rodent population in the District, please visit http://doh.dc.gov/service/rodent-control or email rat.riddance@dc.gov.

Encouraging your employees to bike is a great way to promote an environmentally-friendly travel mode and a healthy workforce. Join goDCgo and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) for a webinar to share best practices and innovative ideas for making your workplace more bike-friendly.

Webinar: 6 Easy Steps to a More Bike-Friendly Workplace
Thursday, October 6 from 10am - 11am

In this hour-long session, attendees will learn how leading organizations are making it easy for employees to bike to work, to meetings or just for fun. From bike rack installation to Capital Bikeshare memberships to custom resources, goDCgo and guest speakers from WABA and DDOT will walk you through free and low-cost ways to improve your organization's bike appeal. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

Join WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi, Community Leaders and the "Men in Blue" at the 9th Annual Magic & Miracles Gala for Ready, Willing & Working: A Solution to Homelessness and Criminal Recidivism. The gala will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 6-9pm at The Atlas Performing Arts Center.

This year’s event promises to be fabulous with live music from the Herb Scott Jazz Quartet, an open bar, delicious food from top local restaurants, a silent auction and an inspirational video presentation.

All funds raised from the event go directly to providing supportive services for the "Men in Blue" that help them to become productive members of society.

Click here to purchase tickets. Use code "OPPORTUNITY" at checkout to receive 50% off admission! Hurry - deal ends October 31!

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