IRS: People with foreign accounts reminded of the extension to file 2019 FBAR by Oct. 31, Dec. 31 if impacted by certain natural disasters

October 28, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service reminds U.S. citizens, entities and resident aliens with a foreign bank or financial account that they have until Oct. 31, 2020, to file their 2019 Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

The IRS coordinated the extension from the usual Oct. 15 deadline with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for this year only to filers for 2019 ...

Here’s what taxpayers need to know about filing an amended tax return

If taxpayers discover a mistake on their tax return, this is not necessarily cause for concern. Most errors can be fixed by filing a Form 1040-X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

Here are some common reasons people may need to file an amended return:

Entering income incorrectly
Not claiming credits for which they’re eligible
Claiming deductions incorrectly

The ...

Tri-County Scholarship Fund to Honor Morristown Medical Center President Trish O'Keefe at Virtual Gala

MENDHAM, NJ – Tri-County Scholarship Fund (TCSF) will host its 39th Annual Awards Celebration on Monday, October 26, 2020, as a free, live-streaming event, honoring three New Jersey leaders, including Morristown Medical Center President, Trish O’Keefe. All of the honorees believe in and support the TCSF mission to provide partial scholarships for many of the state’s most ...

What happens after a disaster that leads to taxpayer relief

No matter how devastating a disaster is, before the IRS can authorize any tax relief, FEMA must issue a major disaster declaration and identify areas qualifying for their Individual Assistance program.

Here's a list of tax-related things that usually happen after a major disaster strikes that needs to be considered:

The IRS gives taxpayers more time to file and pay.
Taxpayers whose ...

Parents, Educators Deserve COVID-19 Transparency

October 29, 2020

To the Editor:

As we enter the final weeks of the first marking period in schools throughout Somerset County, one thing is clear:  We are not much better off than we were when the school year began. COVID-19 cases are back on the rise, and New Jersey is quickly finding itself on the brink of a potential second wave.

 Many will recall that August was a time when districts ...

Tom Malinowski Does Not Represent Us; Tom Kean Will

To the Editor:

Tom Malinowski does NOT represent the people of New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.  He represents the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Congress using the NJ CD-7 seat.

This should not be news as the DNC openly recruited DC/Beltway lobbyists and staffers like Andy Kim and Tom Malinowski to move to New Jersey and run for Congress in 2018.

Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fairlawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...

Murphy Vetoes Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for Indoor Dining False Start

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday vetoed a bill that would have appropriated $30 million in federal monies to reimburse restaurants owners who expended funds in anticipation of reopening for indoor dining July 2 — an opening the governor canceled two days before it was set to occur.

While in his veto statement Murphy said New Jersey government is meeting ...

Moving Beyond the Partisan Bubble

There is so much to say and yet so many times a day I find myself dumbfounded to speechlessness.  My children ask logical questions for which I can find no polite or productive answer. There is no good answer for why hate seems to have seeped into so much of our dialogue every day.

There is no good reason that suspicion has replaced curiosity. That accusations have replaced queries. It is ...

Community Conversations: The Road to Recovery

For some individuals who have COVID-19, recovering from the virus can take weeks or months of battling various symptoms. On this Community Conversation, Dr. Steven Sheris, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, shares how the Atlantic COVID Recovery Center helps patients on their journey to recovery.

 

Community Conversations: #AskHer

Are you ready to #AskHer? Join Atlantic Health System in asking the women in your life if they have had their annual mammogram. On the next Community Conversation, breast surgeon Rebecca Yang, MD, Atlantic Breast Associates, and Lydia Nadeau, Executive Director, Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, discuss mammograms and how you can #AskHer!

 

Atlantic Health System Earns Most Wired Recognition

Adding to its reputation of clinical excellence, Atlantic Health System today received recognition for its use of innovation and technology in care delivery as it was named a certified level 8 organization by CHIME Digital Health Most Wired for 2020. As a level 8 organization, Atlantic Health System was recognized for applying core and advanced technologies into its clinical and business programs ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, December 2, 4:00 PM

Hosted by the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ), Bridgewater

Learn to Crochet an Infinity Scarf (virtual ...

Arts & Entertainment

Fri, December 11, 3:00 PM

Hosted by the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ), Bridgewater

Laundry 101 (virtual programs for students in ...

Education

Roth IRA Conversion: It's All About The Tax Rates

October 29, 2020

Path to Prosperity with Walter Pardo: Roth Conversions - Why the opportunity cost argument is invalid. 

Some people believe that there is an opportunity cost by doing a Roth conversion, that the funds used to pay the conversion tax could have been otherwise invested, and that investment return opportunity is lost.

FALSE! It’s all about the tax rates. 

There is no ...

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Supports New Jersey Tenants During COVID-19 Housing Crisis

LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- Cathy Keenan, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Housing Stability Project Grant.

Keenan described the work of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), which was established after the COVID-19 pandemic, and which has raised over $37 million from over ...

NJ Video Production Company Senior Producer Recounts Journey from Intern to Leader

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. - Senior Producer Kayla Steinmetz sat down with East Main Media Executive Producer Brian Brodeur to discuss the production company's evolution and her role in its success.

Steinmetz talked about her experiences beginning in 2014 when she started as an intern, primarily being an assistant editor. Brodeur recalled how Steinmetz contributed to the company's success from ...

When Life Gives You Lemons...

October 24, 2020

When life gives you lemons...

Everywhere I look, life has been turned upside down...and there’s really no end in sight (yet).  You know what they say, “When life gives you lemons...”.  Well, I’m not a big fan of lemons, but the saying does seem to fit.  Translation here of course is more like “when life gives you unexpected time at home with loved ...

Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

We are very pleased that on October 22, 2020, the New Jersey Treasurer’s office extended the Senior Freeze filing deadline from November 2, 2020 to December 31, 2020.  This is a welcome development because many seniors were scrambling to meet the original date. 

Nevertheless, there is still a need for applications to be prepared as soon as possible.  The Treasurer’s ...

How To Get Property Tax Relief?

Most of us want to continue to stay in our homes and communities, but property taxes are driving us away.  Taking advantage of New Jersey’s Property Tax Relief programs can stretch our dollars.  Who qualifies?  Are there special programs for seniors?

The Senior Citizens Council has prepared a video presentation on the property tax relief options available for ...

Indecision 2020

At long last, it is finally upon us.

In a matter of days, Americans all over the country will venture forth to proudly exercise their individuality on the most anticipated day of this election year.

I am, of course, referring to Halloween.

This year the annual frightfest celebrating candy shakedowns and macabre costumes will be tempered significantly by the pandemic threat. On ...

A Woman of Numbers

I missed Ada Lovelace Day, or ALD as it is respectfully referred to by technology geeks who speak in three letter acronyms.

Ironically, I was on my computer on October 13th and it passed me by. It didn’t pop up on my Facebook events page and shamefully was not pre-coded into Google Calendar. And since it has nothing to do with Covid or Donald Trump, it did not make the nightly ...

Note for Note

“EedleeedleBeeedleedleedleeDleldelbeeldeldleBedleeedlEelddlebedeleeedle . . .”
- Eddie Van Halen guitar intro to Eruption

I once tried to transcribe the Van Halen guitar solo from Michael Jackson’s hit Beat It on my Stratocaster electric guitar. After many hours of diligent repetition that made my ears bleed and my blisters ring, I can proudly say I was able to duplicate the ...

Choice Words

Zoo removes parrots from view after they kept swearing at guests. Fox News

Parrots in wildlife park moved after swearing at visitors. CNN

Parrots separated at British zoo after encouraging each other to curse. CBS News

Presidential Debate: How the world’s media reacted. BBC

Like a lot of people, I watched the World Wide Wrestling debate last week at the Thanksgiving Day table in ...

Obituaries

- Oct 9, 2020
Warren Township - Paul P. Pompa Jr., 62, passed away suddenly on Friday, October 9, 2020 at ...
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Current Foliage Conditions Across the Garden State for Oct. 16 from the NJ DEP

October 16, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -  New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released the current fall foliage map for the Garden State and things are starting to look colorful.

Forests in the Northwest corner of the state, including the area near High Point State Park and Waywayanda State Park are at peak color. The southern portion of Sussex County is near peak. 

Northern NJ along ...

Head of Pantagis Company Apologizes, Confirms Closure of Snuffy's

October 28, 2020

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Steve Pantagis, who described himself as the director of the Pantagis corporation, contacted TAPintoSPF on Tuesday to confirm that, despite the assertions of Nick Pantagis last week, the iconic Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance catering hall has closed its doors forever. 

"I'm calling on behalf of my company and eight board members to confirm that ...

Some Westfield Students Defy Quarantine Orders as More Test Positive, Officials Say

WESTFIELD, NJ — The number of Westfield High School students with COVID-19 has risen to 13, with an additional seven students testing positive for the virus in recent days as school officials indicate trouble getting some youths to quarantine.

The additional seven students to test positive for coronavirus include some who have been on all-remote instruction, Mary Ann McGann, spokeswoman ...

UFO Lands In Middlesex County! Just In time For Halloween!

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Are you feeling ALIENated? Well, Middlesex County has the cure for you! Head out to East Jersey Old Town Village for some old-fashioned sci-fi fun.

Visit the village to join in the excitement and make a non-perishable donation. Visitors will receive a bag packed with candy and other fun gifts in exchange for canned and dry goods, or monetary donation to Middlesex ...

Rutgers Football Defeats Michigan State in 2020 Season Opener

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Behind a dominant defensive effort and an opportunistic scoring attack, Rutgers football (1-0, 1-0) downed Michigan State (0-1, 0-1), 38-27, on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing to open the 2020 season. The Scarlet Knights – who never trailed in the road matchup and limited the Spartans to just one trip inside the red zone – scored 21 points off ...

Hoboken to Implement Fines for Indoor House Parties Over 25 People

HOBOKEN, NJ - The City of Hoboken is prepared to fine residents who host indoor house parties with over 25 attendees, as rates of COVID transmission throughout New Jersey trend upwards.

"The Hoboken Police Department has responded to several house parties over the past few weekends, some of which were identified by the Health Department as contributing to clusters of cases," ...

Colts Neck: Reports of Fatal Shooting Thursday

COLTS NECK, NJ - A fatal shooting was reported in a Colts Neck near Colts Neck Boulevard early Thursday morning.

Police on scene requested EMS to stage for 1 victim with a gunshot wound to the head. No other details were available.

Shakespeare Theatre Takes on Shaw in Three Scintillating One-acts

Florham Park, NJ - There’s nothing like the theatrical commentary of George Bernard Shaw to explore love, lust and over-the-top intrigue to make for a stimulating evening.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers another romp at its outdoor location at the Thomas H. Kean Theatre Factory in Florham Park.The three one-act plays were broken up into five segments. “Village ...