SPD – Tax-Related Identity Theft Update

Good reminders on Tax-Related Identity Theft from Mary Amberg, the Seattle Police Department’s Crime Prevention Coordinator:

Tax-Related Identity theft is an important crime to be aware of during tax season. An identity thief may use your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Contact the IRS if they send you a notice saying their records show:

  • you were paid by an employer you don’t know
  • more than one tax return was filed using your Social Security number

Then, visit IdentityTheft.gov to report and recover from identity theft.

A few things you can do to prevent yourself from becoming a victim are:

  • File your tax return as soon as you can!!! If someone uses your SSN to file for a tax refund before you do, the IRS might think you already filed and got your refund.
  • Always protect your social security number of Medicare number.  Don’t routinely carry your Social Security card. Do not give out the number unless you have to, and always ask why it is needed and how it will be stored.
  • Research your tax preparer. Protect your personal data and make sure your tax records are secure.
  • Always use security software with firewall and anti-virus protections. Use strong passwords. Do not click on links or download attachments from unknown or suspicious emails.
  • It has always been recommended to use a cross shredder for disposal any unwanted mail, bank statements, old unneeded tax documents, etc.
  • Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails, threatening calls and texts from thieves posing as legitimate organizations such as your bank, credit card companies and even the IRS. An unexpected notice or letter from the IRS could alert you that someone else is using your SSN, however, the IRS doesn’t start contact with a taxpayer by sending an email, text or social media message that asks for personal or financial information. If you get an email that claims to be from the IRS, do not reply or click on any links. Instead, forward it tophishing@irs.gov.

The IRS uses your Social Security Number (SSN) to make sure your filing is accurate and complete, and that you get any refund you are due. Identity theft can affect how your tax return is processed.

For more information, you can go to https://www.identitytheft.gov/ or https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0029-tax-identity-theft-awareness-week

 

Reminder: Community Meeting for all Residents of District 4

Please join us to hear from special guest: Rob Johnson, Representing District 4 – Seattle City Council.

Monday, March 20, 2017, 7-8:15 PM (Doors Open at 6:45)

Garden Room, in the Brig in Magnuson Park, 6344 NE 74th Street

Attendees will be asked to write out the questions for CM Johnson either in advance over email (below), or at the door of the meeting, to help us accommodate as many questions as possible.

Meeting organized by: Hawthorne Hills Community Council, Windermere North Community Association, and View Ridge Community Council

For further information, contact  windermere.north.comm.assoc@gmail.com

Community Meeting for all Residents of District 4

 

Please join us to hear from special guest: Rob Johnson, Representing District 4 – Seattle City Council.

Monday, March 20, 2017, 7-8:15 PM (Doors Open at 6:45)

Garden Room, in the Brig in Magnuson Park, 6344 NE 74th Street

Attendees will be asked to write out the questions for CM Johnson either in advance over email (below), or at the door of the meeting, to help us accommodate as many questions as possible.

Meeting organized by: Hawthorne Hills Community Council, Windermere North Community Association, and View Ridge Community Council

For further information, contact  windermere.north.comm.assoc@gmail.com

NE 65th St Vision Zero Project – Survey

If you missed the Feb 28 SDOT Transportation Forum on 65th Street, you can still share your input with their online survey, which is available till March 14, 2017.

Here is the blurb from the first page of their survey:

Project Overview

NE 65th St is an arterial that moves people and goods throughout northeast Seattle. The street supports a diverse collection of retail shopping, restaurants, schools, parks, and activity centers, and the Roosevelt Link Light Rail station will bring additional bustle to the street in 2021.

Since 2012, there have been 4 fatalities, 1 serious injury, and 232 collisions along this busy corridor between NE Ravenna Blvd and 39thAve NE. Seattle is committed to Vision Zero, our plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. Learn more at www.seattle.gov/visionzero.

We’re launching a collaborative process to review street conditions along NE 65th St. In June 2016, Councilmember Rob Johnson and members of the community marched along the street, asking the city to study the corridor. Community concerns are explained further at #Fix65th. Safety is our number one priority, and we are committed to preventing crashes and improving safety for all travelers by making street improvements.

And you can click here to take the  SDOT NE 65th St. Vision Zero Project Survey

SDOT Sand Point Way Meeting 1-25-2017

Reminder: There is an upcoming public meeting on the Sand Point Way Corridor Study being done by SDOT.

The meeting with be on Wednesday, January 25, at 7 P.M. in the Officers Club in Building 30 in Magnuson Park. 
Over the last six or more months has been meeting with a stakeholder group to consider possible changes to the Sand Point Way corridor to improve safety and access for everyone who uses Sand Point Way, especially where it runs along Magnuson Park. They have engaged 2 sets of consultants who have been studying the area, traffic, landscape, etc, and who have presented to the stakeholder groups and considered many suggestions and concerns.
Overall the stakeholder group has been very impressed with these preliminary plans and thinks this plan will have many positive benefits.
Neighbors are encouraged to come to the meeting in January to learn more about the preliminary plans and to add their own input.

Seattle Water Pipes

Hope this info helps someone be prepared for a water pipe break.

Apparently some homes in Seattle have a plastic pipe leading to the house that has a “40 year life” according to a member of the city’s Utilities Department.

So check the map here and see if you have a plastic pipe. (Once you do a few clicks through to the map, click on the red pipe line for info.) Then keep a close eye on your water bill and for water in your yard, and be prepared! The homeowner is responsible for the repair.

The city also has a plan that reimburses customers for part of the water expenses once the pipe is repaired and part of the sewer expense as well.

Feel free to repost and share this info around.

http://www.seattle.gov/util/Engineering/DevelopmentServicesOffice/WaterSewerMap/index.htm