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ACCOUNTAX OF OREGON - Annette SaarinenWe need to see any statements of income or deductible expenses. We prepare a return based on the information you provide. This may be gathered in writing via actual statements, email or fax. We often ask questions to clarify items. It is the client’s responsibility to be able to provide the proof of the claims on your return if your return is randomly selected for an audit.

Here is a partial list of suggestions. Of course, we can’t cover everyone’s needs in one article!

For the year to be prepared:

· Last tax return filed for Federal and State, including any locals, if we didn’t prepare it

· Full names, birthdates and Social Security Numbers of each individual to be reported

· Phone numbers, cell numbers and email addresses so we can contact you with questions. New Clients – Will Need Two Pieces of ID such as a Driver’s License or Photo ID, Social Security Card or copy of Birth Certificate. (A new Federal Requirement as part of new fraud reduction policies.)

· W2’s from each job

· Interest and dividends received, even if you did not receive a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV, or you reinvested them

· Refunds from State and/or local agencies

· Health Care Provider 1095 Statement (these should be sent out by February 15, 2017)

At the beginning of the year, AccounTax sends out organizers to our clients with items to bring based on the prior year’s return. If you would like an organizer, please contact our office by phone.

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Tigard, OR 97223



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Whichever control best fits your needs, you can count on automatic control of your Hybrid Heat dual fuel system. Specialty Heating and Cooling will select a balance point that tells your control when it’s best to select electric heat and when it’s time to switch to furnace operation. Seven-day programmability can set a comfort schedule custom-fit to your lifestyle.

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Routine checkups and screenings can help you avoid serious health problems, allowing you and your PCP to work as a team to manage your overall health, and help you reach your personal health and wellness goals.

Preventive care focuses on evaluating your current health status when you are symptom-free.

Even if you feel like you’re in good shape, a serious condition with no signs or symptoms may put your health at risk. Your practitioner can determine your current health status and detect early warning signs of more serious problems.

During your preventive-care visit, your PCP will determine what tests or health screenings are right for you based on many factors such as your age, gender, overall health status, personal health history and your current health condition. Such services may include immunizations, physical exams, lab work and X-rays.

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Tigard, OR 97223



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COMFORCARE HOME CARE - Marissa PhillipsAvoidable hospital readmissions, in addition to being a hardship for patients, are a major financial problem for the nation’s health care system.

In fact, a single preventable return trip to the hospital more than doubles the cost of care for Medicare patients. For example, Medicare pays on average about $15,000 for an episode of care without a readmission incident, but that number increases to $33,000 for a single readmission.

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When home care services are used to assist with care, caregivers can provide additional insights that can help patients to best manage conditions and enjoy the highest quality of life.

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Tigard OR 97224



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PRESTIGE CARE RIVERWOOD - Kara TobeyExercise and physical activity are important for everyone, including older adults.

No matter your health and physical abilities, you gain a lot by staying active. In fact, in most cases you have more to lose by not being active.

Here are just a few of the benefits of physical activity for seniors:

· Can help maintain and improve your physical strength and fitness

· Can help improve your ability to do the everyday things you want to do

· Can help improve your balance

· Can help manage and improve diseases like diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis

· Can help reduce feelings of depression and may improve mood and overall well-being.

You may want to talk with your health care provider if you aren’t used to energetic activity and you want to start a vigorous exercise program or significantly increase your physical activity. Your activity level is an important topic to discuss with your health care provider as part of your ongoing health care.

Ask your provider how physical activity can help you, whether you should avoid certain activities, and how to modify exercises to fit your situation.

The key word in all these benefits is YOU -- how fit and active you are now and how much effort you put into being active. To gain the most benefits, enjoy different types of exercise, stay safe while you exercise and be sure to eat a healthy diet, too!

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WOODLAND HEIGHTS - Linda ElderIt’s been talked about before between you and your family.

”Maybe someday we should think about Assisted Living. There’d be no meals to cook or shop for, no dishes to wash, no cleaning and vacuuming, and people around every day to talk with or help you with tasks that are getting harder.”

Maybe this is the year to discover your options to make life easier.

Exploring the possibilities can seem overwhelming and confusing while you are trying to just get good information to make the right decisions.

We can help.

Our approach is comfortable. Our goal is to be of service. We’ll take whatever time is needed to answer all of your questions. There is no pressure or “this month only” specials to entice you to make a quick commitment and no annoying repeated phone calls.

If you would like to join us for lunch, we can do that too, just let us know. We can talk in our beautiful dining room with windows soaring upward and views to the landscaped woodlands.

Many others have already discovered this special place over the last 16 years, so when you decide that this would be a great choice, you may have to wait a bit for an opening. You’ll have time to get all those things done you need to do without feeling rushed.

Let’s welcome 2017 as a year of wonderful possibilities. Maybe this is the year to find out why Woodland Heights is different; why we have a reputation of caring excellence.

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9355 SW McDonald St.

Tigard, OR 97224



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ACCOUNTAX OF OREGON - Annette SaarinenWith the end of the year fast approaching, it’s time to think about deductions!

Are you self-employed?

Last month, we covered three categories of business deductions for self-employed persons: auto expenses, meals and entertainment and travel: www.pamplinmedia.com/ttt-insiders/330640-210507-self-employed-document-those-deductions

This time, let’s look at deductions for having an office in your home.

An office in your home MUST be used regularly and exclusively for business. The deduction, Safe Harbor, requires measuring the square feet of the office portion against the total square foot of the home.

Indirect expenses such as rent, utilities, insurance, deductible mortgage interest, and property tax can be deducted at the business-use percentage rate.

The Safe Harbor deduction calculation is $5 per square foot of office space, limit 300 square feet. This usually isn’t as much as the actual costs, but it does save some taxpayer time in gathering the information.

As far as deductions for your personal taxes, don’t forget to clean out your closets, attic and basement of items you no longer use.

Keep a list of what was given with Fair Market Value. Make sure it is an approved charitable organization. Keep each receipt of donation and list for us to review.

Oregon Department of Justice is not allowing charitable deductions to organizations which haven’t fulfilled their charitable goals. To find your desired charity, check justice.oregon.gov/Charities

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at AccounTax!

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Tigard, OR 97223



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BEEBE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Daniel Beebe“At this clinic, we measure – we don’t guess,” says Dr. Daniel Beebe, of Beebe Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Tigard.

Prior to treatment, for example, patients receive a thermal scan and an electrical scan (also called surface EMG) to see if muscles are pulling and which way they’re going, says Beebe. “The scans can tell us how to proceed with treatment. Later, we can rescan to see if you’re improving and if not, make adjustments to the treatment.”

Though the equipment for the scans is available to any practitioner, “it’s expensive and it takes experience to use it,” says Beebe.

Beebe also does a complete blood-chemistry panel.

“Here in the Northwest, we see a lot of low Vitamin D, anemia, liver problems and heart problems,” says Beebe. “It’s just a real good screen for general body conditions.”

“Patients may come in and say ‘I’m really fatigued all the time.’ We’ve even seen cases where they were bleeding internally, but just didn’t know. Others will come in with an autoimmune condition, such as Hashimoto’s Disease.”

“I test for gluten and other sensitivities. With people who have gluten sensitivities, it can affect a woman’s thyroid — which is a surprise to many.”

Women with gluten sensitivities suffer thyroid problems as a ratio of 23 to 1 compared to men.

Beebe Chiropractic & Wellness Center

13500 SW 72nd Ave.

Tigard, Oregon 97223



Tigard's Features

PHOTO COURTESY OF BEAVERTON CIVIC THEATRE - Amanda Clark as Corie and Connor Brown as Paul star in "Barefoot in the Park."
February 25, 2017

Courtship, comedy-style

by Dana Haynes
Beaverton Civic Theatre is bringing Neil Simon's classic 'Barefoot in the Park' to town.
Deputy E.U. Ambassador Caroline Visini
February 23, 2017

European Union diplomat to speak at Nordia House

by The Times
Caroline Vicini will discuss the state of the relationship between the United States and the European Union.
COURTESY OF THE ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY - Roger Kaza, at right with Christopher Dwyer of the St. Louis Symphony, returns to the Portland Youth Philharmonic for a performance.
February 23, 2017

St. Louis Symphony's Roger Kaza to play with Portland Youth Philharmonic

by The Times
It's a sort of homecoming for the horn soloist, who played with the group in the 1960s and '70s.

February 23, 2017

Mask & Mirror presents comedy and drama in a Southern blend

by The Times
'Crimes of the Heart,' which won a Pulitzer Prize, will open on March 4. Its director is a former Tigard-Tualatin School District drama teacher.
COURTESY: BRICKARTIST.COM - A very large exhibit of Nathan Sawaya's Lego art, 'The Art of the Brick,' will show at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry through May.
February 16, 2017

'The Art of the Brick,' LEGO style

by Jason Vondersmith
Artist Nathan Sawaya is bringing his colorful creations to OMSI, starting this weekend.
COURTESY PHOTO - Rainbow Dance Theatre uses African beats paired with dance to trace the roots of hip-hop.
February 16, 2017

Hip-hop, anyone?

by Michael Sproles
A Monmouth-based group is bringing dance and West African percussion to the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro.
COURTESY: PORTLAND ART MUSEUM - 'Rodin: The Human Experience,' which shows through April 16 at Portland Art Museum, showcases 52 selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, all casted by the Rodin Museum in Paris.
February 09, 2017

Rodin exhibition on display at Portland Art Museum

by Joseph Gallivan
The French sculptor's bronze work is less well-known than 'The Thinker' and 'The Kiss.'
February 09, 2017

Works by Danish artist on display in Garden Home

by The Times
A public reception is slated for Friday at the Nordia House Cultural Center.
PHOTO COURTESY OF FLATIRON BOOKS - Author Stephanie Garber comes to Powell's at Cedar Hills Crossing on Thursday.
February 06, 2017

Mystery, Myth and Menace

by Dana Haynes
Stephanie Garber bring her fantasy novel, 'Caraval,' to town at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Powell's at Cedar Hill Crossing.
COURTESY PHOTO - Tara Velarde, now a solo artist, is a singer/songwriter influenced by the likes of Regina Spektor, Brandi Carlile, Joni Mitchell, Judy Garland and more.
February 02, 2017

Sweetness and power: Pacific grad releases solo album

by Michael Sproles
Tara Velarde debuts a solo album that shows off her vocals.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKEWOOD THEATRE - Gary L. Anderson plays both a suspect and a sleuth in the latest mystery at Lakewood Theatre.
January 26, 2017

Murder, mayhem and the occasional martini

by Dana Haynes
Performances of Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Nile' continue at Lakewood Community Theatre.
PMG PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - The Portland Youth Philharmonic's ensemble will perform this Sunday in Portland's Pearl District.
January 26, 2017

Camerata brings classical sounds to region on Sunday

by The Times
The Portland Youth Philharmonic's most advanced musicians perform in ensemble.
COURTESY: ARNISTA PHOTOGRAPHY - As part of the Fertile Ground Festival, Echo Theater Company puts on 'Uncommon Sense,' which uses 'mixed-ability performers' for its 'Cartwheeling Uphill' physical theater.
January 26, 2017

Fertile Ground picks: Bunnies, bellies and wine

by Joseph Gallivan
The Portland-area theater festival of works runs through Jan. 29.
COURTESY PHOTO - Olympia Provisions is one of the restaurants in the running to be a winner at the Good Food Awards.
January 19, 2017

Bread and Brew: Which artisans will win Good Food Awards?

by Jennifer Anderson
Winners of the national competition will be announced this weekend in San Francisco.
January 12, 2017

Tall tales, terrible foes, triumphs

by Dana Haynes
Centerpiece of a Nordic Northwest exhibition is the book, 'The Troll With No Heart.'
COURTESY PHOTO - Jeff Farrar, manager at Ridgewalker taproom in Forest Grove, plays the Sassy Santa in a video advertising an ugly sweater dance party at the venue. Farrar and his co-workers have a good time coming up with new, entertaining material for the taprooms Facebook page.
January 12, 2017

A stormtrooper and a Wookiee walk into a bar...

by Michael Sproles
A Forest Grove taproom has added costumes and fun to its menu.
January 12, 2017

Wind ensemble slates two shows in Beaverton

by The Times
Shows are scheduled for Jan. 18 and Jan. 21 at the library auditorium.
January 05, 2017

Hollands celebrate 60th anniversary

by The Times
The Beaverton couple was married in Portland on Dec. 29, 1956.
FILE PHOTO - Gray whales are migrating south along the Oregon coast for the next few weeks. This week, volunteers will be stationed along the coast to help visitors spot the whales.
December 29, 2016

Whale migration begins as grays head south

by Kathy Fuller
On their way to Mexico, gray whales can be seen off the Oregon Coast this time of year.
COURTESY PHOTO - The Oregon Symphony will present a free community concert Jan. 5 at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro.
December 29, 2016

Oregon Symphony will play free family concert

by Michael Sproles
The orchestra will play music from Strauss to 'Harry Potter' at a Hillsboro performance to open the 2017 season.

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