RHINELANDER - Almost 100 million people have already filed their income tax returns.
If you haven't, you have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
If you feel like you're scrambling to get them done, you're not alone.
Local accountants have had many clients coming in at the last minute to sign their income tax returns.
February is actually the busiest month for accountants.
That's because it's right before corporate tax returns are due in March, and income tax returns are due shortly thereafter in April.
But the busiest day of the year was Monday.
"April 14th is the busiest. It's just a crazy day. You've got last minute people coming in trying to get their returns filed, trying to accumulate everyone who needs to file an extension, getting people in for signatures, to review returns. It's just kind of a chaotic day because we have more people in and out of that door on April 14th than probably any other day of the year," said Mandy Hein of Northland Accounting, LLC.
Northland Accounting in Rhinelander prepares as many as 1,100 individual income tax returns a year.
They also do about 200 corporate tax returns.
Accountants say the biggest way to avoid issues with your individual income tax returns is to double check them.
"The biggest mistake is generally they're done by hand and math errors are probably among the biggest, or omitted information: full name, social security number, address, signatures, making sure that everything that needs to be filled in is filled in and your figures are correct, double-checking numbers against your source documents, and your math," Hein said.
If you haven't been able to finish your tax returns, you can file for a 6-month extension until Tuesday night.
More than 11 million people filed for extensions in 2013.
The extension gives you until October 15th to file your 2013 tax returns.
But if you think you'll owe the government money, you need to pay by Tuesday night to avoid penalties.
"Even though you get an extension to file, your tax is still technically due on April 15th. So if you are anticipating a tax liability, you should make a payment along with your extension that you mail in," explained Hein.
To file your returns or an extension request, you can go to any tax preparer or go to IRS.gov.
TOMAH (AP) - A veterans affairs hospital in Wisconsin is using nontraditional therapies for pain and mental health as officials continue to address problems with over-prescribing medication at the facility.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Tomah VA Medical Center is one of 18 veterans hospitals across the country launching the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Whole Health program.
Whole Health coaches help VA patients set personal health and wellness goals, address chronic pain, prevent illness or injury and treat mental health needs. The program also uses alternative therapies like tai chi, acupuncture and Healing Touch, which focuses on restoring a person's energy field.
The initiative comes four years after a veteran died at the facility from a mixture of prescribed drugs. Federal investigations found that some staff were over-prescribing drugs.
RHINELANDER - A sustainability fair in Rhinelander connects people who want to keep the earth clean and healthy. Organizers celebrated Earth Day by teaching people how they can accomplish that. Abby Meyer came up from Green Bay for her first Sustainability Fair in Rhinelander Sunday. She sells all natural skin care products.
"It's the future of being able to have a planet, such great energy here," said Meyer. Meyer and 42 other exhibitors feel energized to protect the earth. "It's kind of interesting what other people do and the good they're doing for other people," said maple syrup vendor Leroy Schmieder.
Schmieder said being around people with the same mission is encouraging. "It's kind of a community thing, you learn what everybody else is doing," said Schmieder. Fair organizer Ann Eshelman said the fair teaches the community, but also brings people with a message together. "They're providing something that we as a group think is valuable, they're kinda isolated," said Eshelman. When the fair started eight years ago organizers wanted to end that isolation. Bringing vendors together to share their message, make connections, and walk away with new information. "Giving each other jobs and work and supporting each other," said Meyer.
Eshelman believes that support is what the community needs to help move in the right direction. "[It] can enable even ordinary Northwoods residents to do something for the earth," said Eshelman. It can also show them that helping the environment starts at home. "An important part of sustainability is helping out your community," said Meyer.
RHINELANDER - All That Glitters opened for the first time this weekend in Rhinelander. The store gives customers a chance to experience another culture. Melody Majcherek decided to open the store after developing a love for henna and practicing at art fairs. She said it took her two months to transform the store into a unique outlet. "I wanted to create a space where people can walk in and feel like they have traveled to a different place and oasis. I think I accomplished that," said Majcherek. People can buy henna tattoos products and other trinkets. She incorporated cultures from India and Morocco by buying fabrics and products from there. "Very unique with the different cultures. It's interesting, something different in Rhinelander. Something you don't see all the time," said shopper Chris Albrent. The store is open Tuesdays through Sundays and is on Kemp Street.
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