Unclaimed Refunds, The Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development – Deadline 4/15/13

Please see the email below in regards to unclaimed refunds from 2009. Feel free to share with those interested. For more information, please contact The Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (HACBED) at the contact information below.

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Dear Senators and Representatives – I am the Program Director of the self-sufficiency and free tax assistance program at HACBED (The Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development) and I was wondering if you would be willing to help us get the word out on this matter of unclaimed refunds.  There is approximately $7.5 Million that goes back to the US Treasury if Hawaii workers don’t claim it by April 15th.  Below is the notice that I’ll be posting on my website.  Any assistance that you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

The IRS recently announced that for tax year 2009, approximately 7,200 Hawaii taxpayers have failed to claim almost $7.5 million in refunds.   The median potential refund for these taxpayers according to the IRS – $599.   The primary reason why so much money remains unclaimed is that many workers make the mistake of not filing a tax return when they earn less than the amount that makes filing a return mandatory.  For example, in 2009, a single person with gross income of less than $9,350 was not required to file a federal tax return.  However, by not filing a return, that person missed out on receiving a refund of any federal taxes that were withheld from his paycheck. 

In addition, the $7.5 million of unclaimed refunds does NOT include federal tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, which some taxpayers might also have been entitled to receive in 2009. 

The law provides most taxpayers with a three-year window of opportunity for claiming a refund.  If no return is filed to claim a refund within three years, the money becomes property of the U.S. Treasury.  For 2009 returns, the deadline for filing a return in order to claim a refund is April 15, 2013.

The free tax assistance program at HACBED has certain sites that are able to assist taxpayers in filing their 2009 tax returns.  This service is free but available appointment slots are limited and anyone who wants to file a return must have all of the necessary documents – their W-2 and other income information for 2009, picture ID, and an original social security card.  Interested persons can contact the Program Director by emailing info@hawaiitaxhelp.org or stamanaha@hacbed.org

Susan

Susan Tamanaha

Program Director

Family and Individual Self-Sufficiency Program

Hawai`i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development

677 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 702

Honolulu, HI  96813

Direct Line:  (808) 381-0881

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Mulch made from 100% recycled tires

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One of the items on sell at Sam’s Club Hawaii is Rubber Mulch, made from 100% recycled tires.

“It’s a mulch made from recycled tires – tires from Sam’s Club’s auto, TreadHunter and lube shop that, in the past, would have been be carted away. Now Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club have eliminated that cost, and turned it into a revenue center by selling the old tires to a company that turns them into what Wal-Mart says is a non-toxic, latex-free mulch that can be used for playgrounds, pools, pond areas or gardens.” ( http://money.cnn.com/2008/06/16/news/companies/gunther_walmart.fortune/)

 

The Rubber Mulch is made by a company called Liberty Tire Recycling.

“Scrap tires collected by Liberty Tire Recycling are processed and refined by size-reduction techniques designed to achieve a range of particle sizes as small as 600 microns. Various mesh sizes of crumb rubber become the ideal raw material for a wide variety of applications, including molded rubber goods and adhesives. By reclaiming more than 33 percent of the nation’s discarded tires, Liberty Tire annually transforms more than 110 million tires into raw materials.” (http://www.libertytire.com/AboutUs.aspx)

“With innovative tools, technologies and processes, Liberty Tire is a revolutionary American conservation enterprise – from coast to coast, and from whole tire to end product. The company’s commitment to finding new and better ways to RECLAIM, RECYCLE and REUSE bridges the sustainability goals of scrap tire generators nationwide with those of local scrap rubber consumers.” (http://www.libertytire.com/AboutUs.aspx)

 

Liberty Tire Recycling is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.

Click here to contact them.

Click Here to view the Abandoned Tire Task Force bill that Maile authored

PRINCE KUHIO PARADE PHOTOS

Maile participated in the Prince Kuhio Parade in Waikiki on 3/23/13. She is very grateful to the Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club, who played a large role in organizing the parade; her volunteer driver Don Machado; the Sakoda ‘ohana for marching along side her, and the Hawaii Tourism Authority for funding the event.
Here is the biography that Maile provided to parade organizers:

Senator Maile Shimabukuro represents the Waianae Coast, Ko Olina, Honokai Hale, and Kalaeloa. She is a member of the Tourism & Hawaiian Affairs Committee, as well as the Hawaiian Caucus. She introduced the “pa’i ‘ai bill,” which legalized the production and sale of hand-pounded poi. She also helped champion the legalization of indigenous architecture for residential purposes. Currently she is working on returning the E Ala voyaging canoe to the Wai’anae Coast so that haumana may be instructed in navigation and canoe-building.
Maile and her boyfriend's daughter, Jaedyn Kim-Sakoda, were driven by Don Machado in his classic Mustang convertible.

Maile and her boyfriend’s daughter were driven by Don Machado in his classic Mustang convertible.

Parade coordinator and Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club member Lu Faborito (center), posed with Ray Elsey, Jr. (Left) of Makaha, member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha Chapter 1, and Ali'i Sir Ace Kaleohana (right) of the Kapuaiwa Chapter of the Royal Order of Kamehameha

O’ahu Council Parade Chair and Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club member Lu Faborito (center), posed with Ray Elsey, Jr. (Left) of Makaha, member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha Chapter 1, and Ali’i Sir Ace Kaleohana (right) of the Kapuaiwa Chapter of the Royal Order of Kamehameha.

The Wai'anae Hawaiian Civic Club featured the E Ala Voyaging Canoe in their parade banner.

The Wai’anae Hawaiian Civic Club featured the E Ala Voyaging Canoe in their parade banner.

Kainoa Daines, Emcee; Luana Sala, Check In & Hospitality; Emily Auwae & Frances Ah Nee, Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club members

Kainoa Daines, Emcee; Luana Sala, Check In & Hospitality; Emily Auwae & Frances Ah Nee, Makaha Hawaiian Civic Club members