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Here’s why some people got more than one notice about their Economic Impact Payments

April 28, 2021

After each of the three Economic Impact Payments is issued, the IRS is required to mail a notice to each recipient's last known address. The notice provides information about the amount of the payment, how it was made and how to report any payment that wasn't received. Some people may receive multiple notices about each payment. Most people will simply file the notice with their tax ...

A Grand Opening for Jewelry Design Lab in Piscataway

PISCATAWAY, NJ — Rows of diamond and gold jewelry sparkled on Friday as township and county dignitaries gathered to help Jewelry Design Lab cut the ceremonial red ribbon to officially open for business.

“We’re super excited to be part of the Piscataway community,” said owner, Sagar Bhalla, a GIA certified gemologist and jewelry designer. “We work with ...

Steer clear of typical tax return errors; May 17 deadline nears Some mistakes on tax returns can slow refunds

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to check their tax returns for common errors that could delay refunds or otherwise affect normal processing. Here are some ways to avoid tax return slipups as the May 17 due date gets closer.

Use electronic filing. Filing electronically, whether through IRS Free File or other e-file service providers, is a great way to cut the ...

Overwhelmed NJ Unemployment System Still Needs More Help, Commissioner Says

Special to TAPinto. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com.

NJ SPOTLIGHT-- The head of the state agency that handles unemployment benefits told lawmakers that over the last year staffing has been tripled and technology ...

American Rescue Plan Tax Credits Available to Small Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Employees Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines

WASHINGTON − The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced  further details of tax credits available under the American Rescue Plan to help small businesses, including providing paid leave for employees receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

The additional details, provided in a fact sheet released today, spell out some basic facts about the employers eligible for the ...

New Jersey EDA Opens New Round of Coronavirus Aid for Struggling Businesses

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey has opened preregistration to distribute another $85 million in coronavirus-related aid to a targeted group of small and medium-sized businesses.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program — now in its fourth phase — is offering grants of up to $20,000 to the “most adversely ...

Jewelry Design Lab Begins Grand Opening Celebration at New Piscataway Location

PISCATAWAY, NJ — After a short soft opening period, Piscataway’s newest jewelry store, Jewelry Design Lab will celebrate their official Grand Opening April 22-30.

GIA Certified Gemologist Sagar Bhalla and his team invite residents to join them at their ribbon cutting on Friday, April 23 at 11:30.

Save on specially priced items and receive a $50 gift certificate with any purchase ...

Those experiencing homelessness can get Economic Impact Payments and other tax benefits; permanent address not required

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today continued an ongoing effort to help those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic by reminding people who don’t have a permanent address or a bank account that they may still qualify for Economic Impact Payments and other tax benefits.

While Economic Impact Payments continue to be made automatically to most people, the IRS ...

Piscataway Restaurants Could Benefit from $35M Aid Package Signed by Murphy

Legislation is Part of a $100 Million Relief Package for New Jersey Small Businesses

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Gov.Phil Murphy recently signed into law A-5444, which provides $35 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for restaurants throughout New Jersey. The bill provides aid to a particularly hard hit sector of New Jersey’s economy and is part of a five-bill, $100 ...

IRS has refunds totaling $1.3 billion for people who have not filed a 2017 federal income tax return

WASHINGTON – Unclaimed income tax refunds worth more than $1.3 billion await an estimated 1.3 million taxpayers who did not file a 2017 Form 1040 federal income tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

“The IRS wants to help taxpayers who are due refunds but haven’t filed their 2017 tax returns yet,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Time is ...

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"Giving Thanks" Virtual Concert to Air on June 17, 2021

May 7, 2021

With participation from faith organizations and individuals like Temple Sholom, Temple Emanu-El, Evangel Chapel Worship Team, Calvary Baptist Church, St. Francis' Episcopal Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Renee Connell, Buddy Williams, Barbara Dever, Christina Morgan-Diaz, Joycelyn Hunte, Brian Padilla, Nwaoji Joseph, Elizabeth Alfaro, and Selena Ramirez!

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CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program to be Offered Virtually by Rutgers Cooperative Extension

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY --  The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) of Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) has launched “NJ Empower to Prevent,” its local version of the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. 

This project is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Diabetes Prevention and Control Program of the New Jersey Department of ...

As hurricane season nears, IRS reminds people to prepare for natural disasters

WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service reminds everyone that May includes National Hurricane Preparedness Week and is also National Wildfire Awareness Month. Now is a good time to create or review emergency preparedness plans for surviving natural disasters.

In the last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared major disasters following hurricanes, tropical storms, ...

Piscataway Residents Nominate Community Servants for Open Council Seat

April 29, 2021

More than 50 residents sent the following letter to the Piscataway Democratic Organization and the Piscataway Municipal Council, urging them to choose a Democrat with a proven track record of community service to fill the open seat on our Township Council.  We believe it would be a statement of both good government and Democratic Party unity to choose one of the candidates who ...

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Volunteer Litter Cleanup Week Sweeps up the Trash

May 10, 2021

During the week of April 17-24, South Plainfield citizens came together to welcome spring by bagging the litter that emerged with the wildflowers as winter’s snow melted.   Volunteer Litter Cleanup Week is a signature event in South Plainfield’s Clean Communities Calendar. We have been meeting every year for the last 35 years for this purpose. Except for last year’s ...

Milltown To Host May Multicultural Festival

MILLTOWN, NJ - The borough is hosting a Multicultural Festival on Saturday, May 15 at Gloria Bradford Park from noon until 5 p.m. Masks are required to attend the family-friendly, outdoor event and participants are asked to social distance as well. The event will include dance and musical performances, discussion groups, recipe exchange, book swaps, reading circles, a community art gallery, ...

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Taken Outdoors by MCVTS Arts Students

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ — “Courtyard chaos” is promised as the School of the Arts on the East Brunswick Campus of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools presents an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream May 26-30.

Theater, music, dance, and arts technology students are collaborating on the performance, which will be ...

Rutgers University Opens Vaccination Sites on its Campuses

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jordan Clarida, a sophomore majoring in public health, traveled to Rutgers on Wednesday to become the first student vaccinated at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy because she wanted to be part of the movement that ends the pandemic and saves lives.

“Having the vaccine available here was the easiest way for me to receive it,” said the Bound Brook resident, a ...

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Find Your Green Thumb: NJ Experts Offer Tips for Starting a Kitchen Garden

May 8, 2021

NEW JERSEY — They don’t call this The Garden State for nothing.

Want to bring out your inner green thumb this season? There’s no better time than now to get started on a kitchen garden.

“There is no mastery of gardening, you just get better at guessing,” said Bloomfield’s L. Be. Sholar, who offers gardening tips on her blog, Farm-Based ...

Murphy Bill Would Upgrade Criminal Charges for Hazing

May 9, 2021

TRENTON, NJ – To discourage the use of hazing as part of organizations' initiation ceremonies on college campuses, a bill sponsored by Assemblymembers Carol Murphy, Louis Greenwald and Roy Freiman seeks to preempt the return of hazing to New Jersey schools by upgrading the charges for this dangerous behavior. The measure was advanced by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee ...

New Jersey’s Ban on Certain Single-Use Plastic Products Takes Effect in One Year

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette are encouraging Garden State business owners to prepare for the launch of New Jersey’s ban on single-use carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products in stores and food service businesses.

On November 4, ...

From Newsroom to State House: Award-Winning Journalist Greg Tufaro Named Diegnan's Chief of Staff 

EDISON, NJ – Greg Tufaro, a lifelong Edison resident and award-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience, has recently traded his press pass for a state ID. Last month, Tufaro embarked on a new chapter in his professional career, taking on the role as chief of staff for Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (18th L.D.). 

"The opportunity to transition ...

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On Mother's Day: A Short Tale of a Neurotic Mother

May 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story was written in 2017 and offers a little personal insight on the unspoken trials some face as moms.  It is shared with permission of Writefully Inspired and is intended to bring a smile to the faces of others who can relate.

This is a story about a mother.   And, it might just sound a little more than auto-biographical.  Because it is.

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“It's over Bill. I don’t do Windows.”

And so, with a simple Ctl+Alt+Del over Twitter, the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates has powered down.

The wealthy, philanthropic tech couple sadly announced their union was “irretrievably broken.” I took this to mean they received a critical error message followed by the blue screen of death because their marital ...

TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - If you own a business, you might be familiar with lots of trends in marketing that promise to increase your business: social media and email campaigns, as well as paid and organic ads. One trend that tends to get overlooked is SEO, or search engine optimization. SEO is a proven and necessary tool, but you may ask yourself, “What is it?” and “How can you best ...

Veteran TAPinto Franchisee Launches TAPinto Raritan Bay

SAYREVILLE, NJ - Longtime TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood franchisee John Mooney is taking his talents to the banks of the Raritan. After spending years growing TAPinto Scotch Plains-Fanwood into one of the networks top 5 most-visited sites, Mooney is officially launching TAPinto Raritan Bay, covering Sayreville and South Amboy, N.J.

“Since I am familiar with Sayreville-South Amboy and ...