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Steps to Completing Your Last Will and Testament

probate1. Destroy All Copies of Old Wills. If you have previously executed a Will, physically destroy it. Even though our Wills technically “revoke” all of your prior wills, you should not rely on this language to revoke them.

2. Enter Your Information and Delete Blank Lines. Enter your information and bequests into the form where you see blank lines. Delete the remainder of the blanks after you have input your information. (Your Will should not resemble a form when you’re done.)

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Portage Chamber to Host 2014 Legislative Call

portagechamber-logoAll Chamber members are invited to the Friday, January 17 Legislative Hotline beginning at 7:30 a.m. held at the Portage Chamber Office 2642 Eleanor Street, Portage, IN

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IU Northwest School of Business Offers Free Tax Preparation Families Making Under $50K Annually are Eligible for Service

rot1Beginning Friday, Feb. 7 and continuing on most Friday evenings through April, Northwest Indiana families with less than $50,000 in annual income may take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the Indiana University Northwest School of Business and Economics. This service provides free electronic tax filing of federal and state returns for local families.

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Organizing Paperwork Makes Tax Time Easier

save-on-taxesRather than waiting until a few days (or the day!) before the tax-filing deadline, start organizing your paperwork now. After all, the earlier you file, the earlier you’ll get your refund — if you’re entitled to one. And if you end up owing the IRS money, at least you can file on time and avoid paying late filing penalties.

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2013 Year-End Tax Planning Basics

financial-planningYou don’t want to pay any more in tax than you have to. That means taking advantage of every strategy, deduction, and credit that you’re entitled to. However, the window of opportunity for many tax-saving moves closes on December 31, so it’s important to evaluate your tax situation now, while there’s still time to affect your bottom line for the 2013 tax year.

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Gary/Chicago International Airport Board Appoints BR Lane as Interim Director

City-of-GaryEarlier today, the Gary/Chicago International Airport Board unanimously approved the appointment of BR Lane as Interim Director. Lane most recently served as Chief of Staff to Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and will assume her new role effective tomorrow. She submitted the following statement regarding her appointment:

"I am both humbled and honored to accept this appointment and recognize the magnitude and importance of the duties that I have inherited. I thank the Board and the Mayor for having the vision and confidence in me to lead an entity, which I know will have a tremendous impact on this region’s growth and economic development. Just as in my role as Chief of Staff, I am here to serve. I will represent the best interests of the citizens of Gary, NWI, the State of Indiana and all other stakeholders of the airport. I look forward to...

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Governor Pence Supports Hoosier Jobs by Calling for Repeal of Medical Device Tax

gov-pence-portage-chamber-june-2013-6Governor Mike Pence released the following open letter today to members of the U.S. Senate urging them to repeal the medical device tax.

In the letter, the Governor noted the importance of the medical device industry in Indiana.

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Statement on US ENvironmental Protection Agency's Porposed Carbon Dioxide Emission Rules

state-flag-indianaOn September 20, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposed rules that will limit the amount of carbon dioxide that new power plants can emit. In response, Indiana Governor Mike Pence said, “As I had informed President Obama in the past, I believe that our nation is best served by an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy that incorporates all forms of energy. We need our wind, solar, nuclear, natural gas, and coal resources to power our economy and provide the quality of life Hoosiers and other Americans are accustomed to experiencing.”

Governor Pence also said, “Unfortunately, the rules the EPA announced today and the contemplated carbon dioxide emissions rules for existing power plants, expected to be released in June of 2014, will constrain any potential for an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy and...

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New Tax Guide a Valuable Asset for Indiana Businesses

Indiana-Taxation-230x300We take great pride in helping to educate our members and customers through our many publications. The latest example is the newest edition of the Indiana Taxation Handbook, a valuable resource for those who deal with Indiana tax issues.

As a result of changes in tax law and policy over the last two legislative sessions, new and revised sections of the Indiana Tax Handbook: 2013-14 Edition include:

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Mayor Milo Appoints Rebecca Meyer as Incoming City Attorney

laporte-signMayor Milo formally announced today that Rebecca D. Meyer will be appointed as the incoming City Attorney. Current City Attorney Don Baugher will be retiring at the end of August after serving for over 15 years under Mayors Smith, Chroback, Morris and Milo.

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Gun Permit Fingerprinting Procedures Changing

valpopoliceBeginning Monday February 4th the Valparaiso Police Department’s gun permit procedures will be changing. On Monday gun permit applicants will first be required to apply online for a gun permit and within 30 days schedule an appointment at L1 Solutions to be electronically fingerprinted.

The Valparaiso Police Department will no longer fingerprint hand gun applicants at the Valparaiso Police Department. Once applicants obtain a fingerprint receipt from L1 Solutions they will then be required to pay the local fees at the Valparaiso Police Department to complete the gun permit application process.

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