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US Department of Labor http://www.collegesavings.org/index.aspx

Consumer price index http://www.bls.gov/ro9/

Loan amortization schedule tool http://www.bankrate.com/calculators/mortgages/mortgage-calculator.aspx

Featured Article

New "IRS" Phishing Attempts Look More Official, Are Harder to Identify
If you're a taxpayer and have an email address (that leaves very few of us out!), you could be on the receiving end of a new malicious "phishing" attempt, wherein scammers send official- looking emails, purportedly from the IRS, hoping to lure unsuspecting victims into sharing confidential information. (Learn more about phishing here.) The emails include the subject line "Tax Exemption Notification" and request that recipients complete a form to re-certify their exempt status (click here to view a copy of this email). Attached to the email will be an official-looking document titled "IRS Form W-8BEN" (click here to view a copy of this form), which recipients are instructed to fill out and return to the sender. Should you receive this email, or one similar, we encourage you to report it by forwarding a copy to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. As time goes on, "phishermen" are becoming far trickier, and it can often be difficult to identify malicious emails. If you receive an email and aren't certain if its fraudulent, there are certain giveaways you can look for: Requests for confidential information. The IRS generally does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages or social media channels.  Suspicious attachments. Attachments can often contain viruses, worms, trojan horses, and bugs, all items used by spammers to obtain information or access to your computer. If you aren't expecting to receive a document via email, don't open it. Files ending in .exe and .zip are particularly dangerous.  Typos and Threats. Official communications rarely include misspelled words or highly emotional warnings threatening disastrous consequences if you fail to click on a link. Odd sender email addresses. Official IRS emails will come from an address ending in @irs.gov. If you don't recognize the sender, think twice before responding, clicking links, or opening attachments. If you are still having difficulty determining the legitimacy of an email, a quick Google search can often help. For example, when we searched for "Tax Exemption Notification email", a warning about the phishing scam was at the top of our results.  With the world becoming more electronically driven and much modern business being conducted online, avoiding emails all together is nearly impossible. By staying vigilant and closely examining emails and their attachments, you can avoid falling victim to scammers. Should you have any questions or need assistance determining the legitimacy of an email, one of our team would be happy to assist. Contact us at 209/527-4220 or contactus@gccpas.net.   

Featured News

Grimbleby Coleman Associate Earns Toastmasters Leadership Position, Travels to Malaysia for Group

Debby Baker, an Experienced Senior Associate at Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, recently traveled as part of the official delegation to the International Toastmasters Convention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Baker, who has worked for Grimbleby Coleman for the past 10 years, joined Toastmasters seven years ago on the advice of a friend. Toastmasters members meet and work to improve both their speaking and leadership skills in 14,650 clubs throughout 126 countries. 

Baker says before she joined Toastmasters, her lack of confidence during presentations had begun to take a toll on her personally and professionally. The group was key to improving her outlook, and she has thrived in the organization: In June, Baker was elected Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training for District 33. 

District 33 is responsible for the Central Valley, Southern California and Southern Nevada, home to 205 Toastmaster clubs with more than 3,000 members. The top three officers from every district are invited to the International Toastmasters Convention, which earlier this year took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Baker journeyed to Malaysia on behalf of District 33, something Baker never predicted or imagined herself doing for a public speaking club. 

“I have grown exponentially as a Toastmaster,” Baker said. “Not only have I become confident while giving a speech to hundreds of people, but I am also practicing what I am learning within the organization, at work, and many areas of my life. Toastmasters has made the difference for me.”

Learn more about Toastmasters International District 33 on their website: http://d33.toastmastersdistricts.org/ 

Featured Staff

Although you'd expect to see an accounting technician tucked away in a cubicle crunching numbers, that's not the case with Amanda. More often than not, she's offsite at the offices of her clients, helping them find easier, more efficient ways to keep track of the cash flow and giving them a better understanding of what the numbers represent. She joined Grimbleby Coleman in 2014 after serving as office manager and accounts receivable/payable with other organizations, bringing with her expertise in payroll, 1099s, QuickBooks, bookkeeping, financial statements, and more. 

When not helping clients, Amanda enjoys spending time with her son. He's a huge motocross fan, and they both enjoy watching his favorite rider, Ryan Villopoto, race on weekends during the summer. They also love going to Monterey and Pacific Grove to visit family. 

A little fun fact about Amanda, she studied ballet for nine years starting at the age of five (talk about dedication!). Although she no longer dances, Amanda is still a huge appreciator of the art, so don't be surprised if you bump into her at a Central West Ballet or San Francisco show during the Fall and Winter months. 

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