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Brought to you by Annette Saarinen, AccounTax of Oregon - Accounting INSIDER -


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.

Accountax of Oregon

8050 SW Pffafle St., Suite 110

Tigard, OR 97223

503-619-1040

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Brought to you by Norm Matheis, Specialty Heating & Cooling - Heating & Cooling INSIDER -


SPECIALTY HEATING & COOLING - Norm MatheisThe Hybrid Heat dual fuel comfort system by Carrier gives you the comfort of gas heat and the efficiency of a heat pump.

In the Northwest, you might use your gas furnace about 15 percent of the time in the winter months. The Heat Pump will keep you very comfortable for the other 85 percent of the time – and cost less to operate. (Plus, the heat pump provides cool comfort in the summer.)

With today’s rising uncertainty surrounding utility costs, homeowners are interested in finding the best, most economical solution for indoor heating and cooling.

Specialty Heating and Cooling can create customized home comfort systems tailored to your needs, with a broad selection of residential heating and cooling products.

Hybrid Heat systems deliver exceptional performance by using a heating source that provides its most energy-efficient comfort during moderate heating conditions. As the temperature drops outside, the system automatically switches to your second heating source when that becomes the most economical way to keep your family comfortable.

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.

Ask about the various incentives and rebates that are offered for hybrid systems.

Call or visit us today!

Specialty Heating & Cooling

7500 SW Tech Center Drive, Suite 130

Tigard, OR 97223

503-946-6396

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Brought to you by Pacific Medical Group - Medical Family Care INSIDER -


Pacific Medical GroupRemember the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” This can be especially true when it comes to preventive care services.

Maintaining or improving your health with regular preventive care, along with following the advice of your Primary Care Provider (PCP), can help you stay healthy.

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.

Pacific Medical Group, with five clinics, provides patient-centered primary care and customer-focused service. All PMG clinics have received recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the NCQA and the State of Oregon. A Medical Home offers enhanced, coordinated medical care for its patients.

Call now to schedule an appointment.

Pacific Medical Group – Tigard

13200 SW Pacific Hwy

Tigard, OR 97223

503-598-2000

www.pacificmedicalgroup.com/

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Brought to up by Marissa Phillips, ComForCare Home Care - In-Home Care INSIDER -


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.

A home health care agency such as ComForCare helps lessen the chance that a patient will have be readmitted.

ComForCare services are available around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

We can provide same-day home care, transition-of-care (such as transportation home after a discharge) or assist with many other needs that arise when a family member is in crisis.

ComForCare’s commitment to quality care begins with identifying clients’ and families’ needs, creating a patient-centered care plan, coordinating with physicians and other providers, and implementing quality assurance throughout the duration of care. We have a rigorous 10-step screening process for our caregivers, nurse oversight of client care, and ongoing training and evaluation at every level.

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.

Call us today to find out how we can help.

ComForCare Home Care

10580 SW McDonald St., Ste. 202

Tigard OR 97224

971-801-7606

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Brought to you by Kara Tobey, Prestige Senior Living Riverwood - Retirement Living INSIDER -


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!

Prestige Senior Living - Riverwood

18321 SW Pacific Highway

Tualatin, OR 97062

503-716-4971

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Brought to you by Linda Elder, Woodland Heights Assisted Living Residence - Assisted Living INSIDER -


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.

Woodland Heights Assisted Living Residence

9355 SW McDonald St.

Tigard, OR 97224

503-684-9696

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Brought to you by Annette Saarinen, AccounTax of Oregon - Accounting Insider -


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!

Accountax of Oregon

8050 SW Pffafle St., Suite 110

Tigard, OR 97223

503-619-1040

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Brought to you by Dr. Daniel Beebe - Beebe Chiropractic - Chiropractic Insider -


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

503-620-1280

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Brought to you by Kara Tobey, Prestige Senior Living Riverwood - Assisted Living Insider -


PRESTIGE SENIOR LIVING RIVERWOOD - Kara TobeySometimes, when a far-flung family comes together for the holidays, they may discover that an elderly loved one is having difficulty functioning well at home.

Here are some signs to look for:

Altered eating habits. Forgetting to eat or losing interest in food altogether are both signs of poor health. Alternatively, seniors with memory issues can overeat or repeat meals. A kitchen stocked with spoiled, half-eaten or expired food suggests a senior who can no longer manage alone.

Antisocial behavior. Losing interest in friends, withdrawing from social situations or neglecting a previously cherished hobby may indicate depression, memory loss or a decline in cognitive abilities.

Worsening finances. A senior who forgets to pay bills (or pays them multiple times) may need help managing their household finances. Look for unwanted magazine subscriptions or donation solicitations that can easily drain a bank account.

Poor personal hygiene. Many seniors feel uncomfortable asking for help with personal hygiene. Bad odors, a disheveled appearance or indications of skipped showers and baths all suggest that a senior can no longer perform daily grooming tasks unaided.

Decline in safety. For a senior, a fall in the shower (and the subsequent hospitalization) can be a life-threatening injury. A senior who leaves the stove on or forgets how often to take their medication may need daily help.

While the family’s in town, be proactive. Don’t wait until the situation becomes an emergency.

Call us to arrange a tour. We’ll be glad to show you what makes Prestige Senior Living Riverwood special.

Prestige Senior Living - Riverwood

18321 SW Pacific Highway

Tualatin, OR 97062

503-716-4971

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Brought to you by Marissa Phillips, ComForCare - In-Home Care Insider -


COMFORCARE - Marissa PhillipsSeniors who have difficulty with such tasks as daily living, self-care and medication management may need a little help – or a lot.

Employing a home care agency is a great choice because it’s easily adjusted to meet a client’s needs.

A licensed home care agency such as ComForCare hires employees, not independent contractors. We do background and reference checks, training and continuing education.

Following an assessment of client needs, our employees provide needed services from a long menu, including medication, safety supervision, light housekeeping and laundry, meal preparation, bathing and dressing, incontinence care, transportation and companionship. Caregivers are trained to care for those with dementia.

Home care is generally less expensive than other care options. Nursing home costs may range from about $200-$250 each day for a basic room and care, adding up to about $5,600 to $7,000 a month. Assisted living facilities may cost about $3,300 per month for a one-bedroom unit.

Home care costs can vary considerably depending on the intensity of the client’s needs, but usually remain considerably lower than these options. 

While in-home elder care is a significant investment, there are several payment options and funding sources that can help ease the financial burden. We can connect you with resources and programs which may help you.

Together, we can come up with a plan of care and hours that are not only affordable but ensures that your loved one receives the best home care possible!

ComForCare Home Care

10580 SW McDonald St., Ste. 202

Tigard OR 97224

971-801-7606

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Brought to you by Linda Elder, Woodland Heights Assisted Living Residence - Assisted Living Insider -


WOODLAND HEIGHTS ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE - Linda ElderIn unsettling times, we can lose focus. No matter what we want or need and often do not get, we have the power to control our own thoughts and positive directions.

At Woodland Heights, we have many positive things for which to be thankful.

We have the opportunity to work in a great industry, which is a business, but for us, it’s a calling. It’s not just a job, but a fulfilling choice where we can go home at night feeling good about the people we were able to help today and not begrudge another workday tomorrow.

We are grateful for our owners, who had the vision to build this special place; grateful that they have chosen to focus their energy on only this one building; grateful that they always support our goal of providing the best care possible.

We are grateful for each other, as no day is the same and the one guarantee is change and surprises. Our team always pulls together to adapt, help each other and help our residents. The words “It’s not my job” are never heard here.

We are grateful for the wonderful families we are blessed to work with, while finding solutions together to meet the changing needs of our residents.

We are grateful, mostly, for our residents, grateful that they chose to place their trust in us; grateful each time they share with us about their desires and ideas and lives. Each one is a very special person.

Woodland Heights Assisted Living Residence

9355 SW McDonald St.

Tigard, OR 97224

503-684-9696

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Brought to you by Norm Matheis, Specialty Heating & Cooling - Heating & Cooling Insider -


SPECIALTY HEATING & COOLING - Norm MatheisThe winter holidays are no time to have your furnace go kerflooey.

The Norman Rockwell ideal, with the smiling family gathering around the turkey to give thanks, becomes a feast of frowns when the heat goes off.

Depend on Specialty Heating and Cooling to keep you and your guests comfortable and the holidays festive.

Your HVAC system should have annual maintenance. This is a great investment and should be done at the turn of fall or winter. Maintenance appointments will help identify any potential problem areas that may be unseen that could lead to expensive repairs later down the road.

And of course, call us at the first sign of trouble so that we can service your system.

Meanwhile, what can you do?

Make sure your filters are clean. Clogged filters can disrupt the flow of air to your home. Not only that, dirty filters can trip safety switches inside the furnace. Check your filters regularly and replace them as needed.

Don’t ignore unusual sounds. If you’ve noticed some strange sounds coming out of your system recently, or if the system doesn’t seem to be acting right, don’t ignore these signs any longer. Unusual sounds can be a sign that a part replacement or repair is needed. If you’re not sure, our team of experienced technicians can help accurately diagnose the problem and make sure that the system is fixed so you’re comfortable.

Our team is here to help make sure your holidays are warm and happy. Give us a call at 503-946-6396.

Specialty Heating & Cooling

7500 SW Tech Center Drive, Suite 130

Tigard, OR 97223

503-946-6396

www.specialtyheating.com/


Tigard's Features

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.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY AUTHOR - Lise Lunge-Larsen
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.
HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Folks skate on the ice rink at Winter Village at Orenco Station on Saturday, Dec. 3.
December 22, 2016

Orenco outdoor skating rink slides into second year

by Geoff Pursinger
Hillsboro's ice rink is expected to draw more than 7,000 people this month.
COURTESY: MICHAEL DURHAM/OREGON ZOO - Nora takes a dive into the pool.
December 15, 2016

Oregon Zoo looking for public input on polar bear habitat

by Jennifer Anderson
Two elderly polar bears died at the zoo this year, but a cub came to Portland from the Columbus Zoo this fall.
COURTESY: BLAINE TRUITT COVERT - Candace Bouchard plays Sugar Plum Fairy, as Peter Franc as Cavalier stands by, in last season's 'The Nutcracker.' Bouchard has played each of the adult woman roles in 'The Nutcracker.'
December 15, 2016

Nothing says holiday like 'Nutcracker'

by Jason Vondersmith
Candace Bouchard is performing for the 23rd straight year in the classic ballet this month.
PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Sarah Moyle, left, and Rachel Ciula, owner of Delice Chocolates and Confections, pipe frosting onto the set pieces of GingerTardis, on display now as part of Gingerbread Adventures at OMSI.
December 08, 2016

Bakers, architects build gingerbread creations with space theme at OMSI

by Ellen Spitaleri
'Ground Control to Santa Claus,' one of the featured gingerbread structures, was baked in Tualatin.
TIMES PHOTO BY JON HOUSE - Tualatin High School students Matthew Grand, left, and Drew Haevnar, right, take the stage during the opening night performance of 'The Foreigner'
December 08, 2016

Finding commonality with 'The Foreigner'

by Ravleen Kaur
As they face life in a nation divided by fears, Tualatin High School drama students found a message of inclusivity on the stage. Tualatin High School’s drama department opened its first play of the year last weekend with a production of “The…
CRAIG MITCHELLDYER/BROADWAY ROSE THEATRE COMPANY - Ben Tissell flies free in Broadway Rose's 'A Very Merry PDX-mas' and considers himelf very lucky to be working full time as an actor and director.
December 01, 2016

Actor goes from sandwich-maker to Christmas caroler

by Barbara Sherman
Benjamin Tissell, appearing in Broadway Rose's new show, is making a name for himself in Portland-area theater productions.
COURTESY: JESSE FAATZ - Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk, The First Flight,' set to stage at Moda Center Dec. 7-11, tells the story of the legend of the Toruk, and serves as a prequel to the movie 'Avatar.'
December 01, 2016

'Toruk' takes flight with Cirque du Soleil

by Jason Vondersmith
The company's new show, which was inspired by the movie 'Avatar,' lands in Portland.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Virginia Parks, the featured member artist at Art on Broadway in December, uses an encaustic technique thatuses melted beeswax mixed with tree resin and pigment.
December 01, 2016

Art on Broadway features new exhibit on seeds

by Miles Vance
The work of Virginia Parks, an archeologist and painter, will be featured through December.
December 22, 2016

Out and About

by Ravleen Kaur
Art Holiday Art Show — The annual holiday show and bazaar at Village Gallery of Arts, 12505 N.W. Cornell Road in Cedar Mill, continues through Dec. 24. For more information, call 503-644-8001. Holiday Boutique — Art on Broadway continues its annual…
December 08, 2016

Out and About

by Ravleen Kaur
Theater ‘Sorry! Wrong Chimney’ — Beaverton Civic Theatre invites the community to “Sorry! Wrong Chimney,” which runs through Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Beaverton City Library auditorium, 12375 S.W. Fifth St. In “Chimney,” David Tuttle is moonlighting…
December 08, 2016

Religion Notes

by Ravleen Kaur
Murray Hills Christian Church hosts fundraiser to benefit food pantry On Saturday, Dec. 10, Murray Hills Christian Church will host a dinner and concert event to benefit the Casey’s Corner Food Pantry. At 6 p.m., a honeybaked ham and turkey dinner…
December 08, 2016

Weekly meetings

by The Times
Tigard Area Good Morning Tigard — The Tigard Chamber of Commerce holds its weekly networking meeting on Thursday mornings from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. The Dec. 15 meeting will be hosted by Homestreet Bank, 16200 S.W. Pacific Highway, Suite Z-3. The public…

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