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Thursday, November 28, 2013 • The Carlisle Citizen • Page Five Dollars For Scholars Needs Your Help More Than Ever Your local Dollars For Scholars chapter would like to thank everyone who has helped them award 975 schol- arships to Carlisle graduates worth $498,500. In exist- ence since 1999, Dollars For Scholars is your local chap- ter consisting of volunteers committed to providing fi- nancial assistance to those Carlisle graduates who choose to pursue higher education. However, Dollars For Schol- ars needs your help more than ever. In 1999, Dollars For Scholars awarded 39 scholarships. Last year the number was 74 and has went as high as 98 as the Carlisle district has continued to grow. Future classes are even larger. So when you get a chance, please help educate our youth by contributing to Dollars For Scholars. Fundraising events occur throughout the year and include the Peach Affair Dinner/Auction. Other fundraisers in- clude Hat Day, sponsorship of the basketball teams, half- time shooting at games, and direct donations. Below is a chart showing the accomplishments of Dollars For Schol- ars: Year # of Scholarships Dollars 1999 39 $20,300 2000 56 $27,000 2001 51 $24,100 2002 59 $28,700 2003 51 $30,400 2004 64 $36,850 2005 56 $32,000 2006 50 $25,900 2007 58 $29,950 2008 80 $40,300 2009 79 $37,350 2010 78 $36,850 2011 82 $43,050 2012 98 $47,650 2013 74 $38,100 Pay It Forward This Holiday Season - Donate Blood Get in the holiday spirit by donating blood with LifeServe Blood Center! The holidays are a time of giv- ing and there is no better gift than the gift of life. Cel- ebrate your good health and pay it forward with a life- saving blood donation that will help a child or adult in their critical time of need. Blood donations are especially needed this time of year as busy holiday schedules, poor winter weather condi- tions and the cold and flu season decrease blood dona- tions. Only 38 percent of the population is eligible to give, and of that only'5 percent currently do~s. Every donation matters to ensuring a stable blood supply for our local hospitals. Help your community by paying it forward this holiday season with a blood donation. By spending an hour with us this holiday season, you can do more than most people do in a lifetime. You can save lives. All donors can redeem their donation points for a lim- ited-edition Pay It Forward t-shirt November 25 - Janu- ary 4, 2014. Please plan to give your life-saving gift at any of the following blood drive(s): • Carlisle Community Blood Drive, ~'hursday, De- cember 5, 2013 from 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Carlisle United Methodist Church, 405 School Street. - Indianola Community Blood Drive, Saturday, Decem- ber 7, 2013 from 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM at First United Methodist Church, 307 W Ashland Ave. Sign up to save a life today! Schedule a blood donation appointment online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.or~ or call 800.287.4903. The Blood Center of Iowa joined operations with Siouxland Community Blood Bank in April, 2010 to be- come LifeServe Blood Center. As one of the 15th largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center pro- vides blood and blood products to more than 100 hospi- tals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. LifeServe-is committed to saving lives by providing pre- mier service to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. Eligible blood donors must be at least 16 years old, should weigh at least 120 pounds and should be in general good health. For more information about blood donation or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 800.287.4903 or visit www'lifeservebl°°dcenter'°rm 325 Garfield - Carlisle 515-402-1008 Ethel Lee, Executive Dir. Dane Wright, President Light Up Carlisle The Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce is introduc- ing two new activities during Light Up Carlisle this year. The annual event will be held on Saturday, December 7th. New this year is Santa's Attic from noon to 6 p.m., featuring artists, crafters, and entrepreneurs with a fine selection of gifts available for shoppers at 190 North ist, Carlisle. Also new this year is the Light Up Carlisle Tour of Lights. Carlisle residents are invited to dress their home in lights and festive decorations. The public will be in- vited to pass by and enjoy the view after dark. Everyone is also.invited to tour The Historic Randleman House, which will be decked out for a Victorian Christ- mas. For $5, visitors can sip a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the tour of the home. Light Up Carlisle is also the perfect place to whisper your heart's desire in Santa's ear. Todd Hugen Photogra- phy will be taking complimentary Photos with Santa from 4 - 6 p.m. at Iot and School Streets. Interested vendors for Santa's Attic can requests an artist/vendor form by sending an email to There is no charge for booth space. Watch for updates and the Light Up Carlisle Tour of Lights map at, in ~he Carlisle Citizen or by liking the Carlisle Iowa Chamber of Com- merce on Photo Printing is a full commercial printer located in Carlisle, Iowa If you have a flyer, letterhead, envelope, brochure, magazine, newsletter, book, etc., that you would like to have printed, give us a call for a FREE ESTIMATE. Photo Printing, Inc. 210 S 1st Street Carlisle, Iowa 50047 515-989-3251 2013 Taxpayers Trust Fund Income Tax Credit The Iowa Department of In order to claim the Revenue today announced Credit, a 2013 Return must that the amount of the be filed by October 31, newly enacted Iowa Tax- 2014, which is the extended payers Trust Fund Tax due date. To avoid penalty, Credit (Credit) for tax year Iowa income tax returns 2013 will be $54. normally must be filed by The individual income and 90% of any tax owed tax credit was part of the must be paid by April 30. bill enacting Governor The Credit will be applied Branstad's 2013 Commer- to the computed Iowa tax cial Property Tax Reform after first applying any package, 2013 Iowa Acts other refundable and non- Senate File 295. Division V refundable tax credits. Any of the bill created the amount of the Credit that Credit as well as its fund- is in excess of the tax due ing mechanism. For tax is not refundable and can- year 2013, the Iowa De- not be carried back or car- partment of Management ried forward to another tax has certified that $120 mil- year. lion is available in the Iowa The $54 Credit amount Taxpayers Trust Fund Tax and additional information Credit Fund (Fund) to be will be reflected in the IA distributed as income tax 1040 instructions for the credits. Under the new law, 2013 tax year. Forms and the Iowa Department of instructions will be avail- Revenue divides the able on the Department's amount in the Fund by the website in January. As al- number of individuals who ways, the Department en- filed a timely Iowa Indi- courages taxpayers to file vidual Income Tax Return their income tax returns (Return) in the previous tax electronically. year. The resultant number The Department's legis- is the amount of the Credit lative summary of the for the upcoming tax year. Credit can be found at The number of eligible in- dividuals filing timely re- taxlaw/13SF295H.pdf. For turns in tax year 2012 was general information on 2.21 million leading to a Iowa taxes and credits, $54 Credit available for tax visit the Department's year 2013. website at tax. Celebrate College Savings Month with College Savings Iowa and Register to Win a $5,290 College Savings Iowa Account! - For families already busy juggling the demands of work and home, college planning may be the last thing on your mind. However, with the cost of a higher education rising faster than inflation, nearly every family will face the question of how to pay for it when the time comes. Thankfully, the answer is quite simple - start saving today. By starting early, saving regularly and making smart investment choices, families can make their savings work for them and College Savings Iowa is here to help. To get a jump start on helping your loved ones start saving for college, celebrate College Savings Month with us. College Savings Month is a national campaign to help bring attention to the fact that saving for college is one of the most significant things families can do for their children. As a way to help families start saving, we are celebrating by giving away a $5,290 College Savings Iowa account. For more information and to enter the giveaway, please visit any time before November 30. While any form of Saving for colleg, is better than not saving at all, there are additional benefits to using a 529 plan like College Savings Iowa. Administered by the state treasurer's office, College Savings Iowa offers multiple investment choices, including four age-based options that take into account the child's age and the account owner's tolerance for risk. As the beneficiary nears college age, the assets are automatically shifted to more conservative portfolios. This allows you to reduce the market risk before you begin making withdrawals for college expenses. In addition, 529 plans offer significant federal and state tax benefits to help grow your savings even more. Contributions and earnings grow free of federal and Iowa state income taxes while invested and remain tax-free when used to pay for qualified higher education expenses at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad.* College Savings Iowa sweetens the deal by allowing Iowa tax payers to deduct up to $3,045 in contributions per beneficiary account from their 2013 adjusted gross income.** By starting early, saving a little at a time and making smart investment choices, families can make their savings work for them. Start saving today and help make college a reality for a child in your life - you'll be glad you did! To learn more about College Savings Iowa, visit or call 888-672-9116. Michael L. Fitzgerald, State Treasurer *The earnings portion of nonqualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state and local income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.