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Week Of Special Interest 02/20/19
Photo courtesy: Valerie Vigil

By La Voz Staff

Avoid the rush: Get a tax transcript online

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who need their prior-year tax records to either complete their 2018 tax return or to validate their income can use Get Transcript Online or Get Transcript by Mail.

Taxpayers often call or visit the IRS seeking their prior-year tax transcript, which is a record of their tax return. But the days around President’s Day mark the busiest time of the year for the IRS. Taxpayers can avoid the rush by using online options that are faster and more convenient.

It’s always a good idea to keep copies of previously-filed tax returns. That recommendation is more important this year because, for some taxpayers, certain data from the 2017 tax return – the adjusted gross income -- will be required to validate their electronic signature on their 2018 tax return due April 15 for most filers. This is especially true for taxpayers who have switched tax software products this year.

Generally, for returning users, the commercial tax software product will carry over the prior-year information and make for an easy, seamless validation process. However, taxpayers using a new tax software product for the first time may be required to enter the information manually. Visit for more information.

Adams County Manager awarded

Adams County Manager Raymond Gonzales was named Colorado City/County Manager of the Year at the annual Colorado City and County Management Association (CCCMA) Annual Conference in Glenwood Springs. Gonzales is the first county manager to win the award.

“I was flattered by the nomination and, when you consider all the great work underway across the state, I was blown away to be recognized by my peers,” said Gonzales. “This award is not only a highlight for me personally, but it also validates the innovative approach our professional staff and elected offices continue to introduce in the spirit of improved service delivery to our residents.”

Gonzales, a Brighton native, has served as County Manager since April 2017. He also served as Deputy County Manager and Neighborhood Services Director with Adams County. During his tenure as County Manager, the Riverdale Regional Park Master Plan was adopted, Colorado Air and Space Port received a Site Operator’s License from the Federal Aviation Administration, and the county introduced “Homes for Hope,” which provides emergency foster care placement.

Valerie Vigil re-elected for Vice Chair Adams County

On February 9, Vigil was re-elected, unanimously for a second term as the 1st Vice Chair of the Adams County Democratic Party. “I have walked thousands of doors, written hundreds of postcards, and made hundreds of phone calls. My dedication has helped many candidates achieve their success. The delegates and elected officials saw how hard I worked and believed in my work ethics. By their unanimous vote, they know that I will continue to work hard and fight for the Democratic Party. I am grateful for the support,” said Vigil.

Our Government

White House

President Donald Trump has signed into law H.J. Res. 31, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019” (the “Act”), which authorizes appropriations to fund the operation of a number of agencies in the Federal Government through September 30. Certain provisions of the Act (such as Division F, under the heading “Contribution for International Peacekeeping Activities”) would require advance notice to the Congress before the President may direct certain military actions or provide certain forms of military assistance.

Colorado Governor

Gov. Jared Polis today issued the following statement in regard to President Trump’s decision to bypass lawmakers and build a wall:

“President Donald Trump’s plan to circumvent Congress and declare a state of emergency for his personal vanity project is an astonishing abuse of power. This is not only a waste of taxpayer dollars but a distraction from the many real issues that affect hardworking Coloradans.

While the president tries to separate us Coloradans, and my administration, will continue to unite by building a Colorado for all.”

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock, joined by Councilwoman Robin Kniech and representatives from UNITE HERE and SEIU Local 105, announced a $15 per hour minimum wage proposal for city employees and many contractors.

“Wage stagnation is one of the most fundamental equity issues facing workers in our city and across the country today,” Mayor Hancock said.





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