Readers’ Corner: April 2, 2010 |

Readers’ Corner: April 2, 2010

Last chance for free tax help

HelpLine Information and Assistance still is taking appointments for the AARP Tax-Aide program.

This service offers free help with the preparation of 2009 federal and state income tax returns and is available to people of all ages with middle and low income, with special attention to those 60 and older.

The program is staffed by local volunteers who are IRS-trained and certified.

Appointments are available for Monday, April 12, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Call the HelpLine at (530) 273-2273 for an appointment, directions and details on what to bring. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Scam alert

Reader Andrea Mason received an e-mail that looked like it was from the IRS (it wasn’t) and she wants to make sure people know about this scam going around.

The e-mail “from” line read “Internal Revenue Service.”

In the body of the message, it had an official-looking seal and other markings, but asked folks to “complete the formular” to get their tax refund.

Here’s the nut: The e-mail asked for Andrea’s Visa or MasterCard number so they could send her refund to the credit card.

Clues to detecting this scam:

1. The IRS doesn’t communicate by e-mail. They send you a letter. Always.

2. The actual e-mail address was something wacky like “”

3. Doesn’t the IRS pay minions to check for typos?

4. The IRS asks for a bank account number on your 1040 to deposit a refund into your account, right? Never, ever give your bank or credit account numbers to someone with a return address like “”

Casino night

The Marine Corps League will hold a Casino Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, 255 S. Auburn St.

Tickets for Casino Night are $20 and will be available at the April Packing Party, hosted by the Friends of Nevada County Military. And so it’s a good time to note the Friends meet at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Vets Building in Grass Valley.

Readers’ Corner is compiled by The Union staff. To submit items, e-mail them to, and put “RC” and your topic in the subject line, or call (530) 477-4230.

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