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New IRS Publication Helps Taxpayers Understand Tax Law Changes News

FPPOA encourages members to determine if their federal income tax withholding may need adjustment.

Major tax reform that affects both individuals and businesses was approved by Congress and signed by the President on Dec. 22, 2017. It’s commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or TCJA, or tax reform. Throughout 2018, the IRS has been working closely with partners in the tax return preparation and tax software industries to implement the new law and ensure taxpayers can count on the IRS, tax professionals and tax software programs when it’s time to file their returns. Now there is a new publication that will help taxpayers learn how tax reform affects their taxes. IRS Publication 5307, Tax Reform Basics for Individuals and Families, is now available on IRS.gov/getready. While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act law includes tax changes for individuals and businesses, this publication breaks down what’s new for the 2018 federal tax return individual taxpayers will be filing in 2019.


This new publication provides important information about:

  •       increasing the standard deduction,
  •       suspending personal exemptions,
  •       increasing the child tax credit,
  •       adding a new credit for other dependents and
  •       limiting or discontinuing certain deductions.


Taxpayers can access Publication 5307 at IRS.gov/getready, along with other important information about steps taxpayers can take now to ensure smooth processing of their 2018 tax return and avoid surprises when they file next year. 

Because of the many changes in the tax law, refunds may be different than prior years for some taxpayers. Some may even owe an unexpected tax bill when they file their 2018 tax return next year. To avoid these kind of surprises, taxpayers should perform a Paycheck Checkup to help determine if they need to adjust their withholding or make estimated or additional tax payments now.

Full article - https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/get-ready-for-taxes-learn-how-the-new-tax-law-affects-tax-returns-next-year

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FPPOA Board Elections - Online Voting Now Open! News

Online voting is now open for this year's FPPOA elections.

Please login and cast your vote today! Voting is open now through Tuesday, December 4th, 2018.

National Elections
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
Regional Elections

Regional elections are restricted to members within the region.

  • Northeast Regional President
  • Southeast Regional President

You must be logged in, and a current member to vote:
  -- http://www.fppoa.org/elections

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United States Probation & Court Services for the Western District of North Carolina Job

Supervision Duties: Supervise defendants/offenders to provide positive lifestyle changes and to maximize compliance to court imposed conditions, reduce risk to the community, and to provide correctional treatment. Assess risk, develops objectives and strategies for controlling risk, and address identified needs. Utilize evidence-based practices into daily activities and interactions involving defendants/offenders. Maintain personal contact with defendants/offenders by way of both office-based visits and home/community contacts which could take place in unsafe neighborhoods or environments where illegal activities and violence could occur. Investigates employment, sources of income, lifestyle and associates to assess risk, needs and compliance. Responsible for detection of substance abuse through defendant/offender assessment and implements the necessary treatment referrals and/or violation proceedings. Detect and investigate any violations of supervision and implements appropriate alternatives and sanctions. Report violations of the conditions of supervision to the court and appropriate authorities.

Position
US Probation Officer - Supervision
Location
Asheville, North Carolina
Date opened
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Wednesday Wellness for October 24, 2018 News

The beauty of autumn is remarkable here in the Midwest, even if the daily temperature will not get over 60 degrees for six months. People can enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting and hay rides, which both include hot apple cider and donuts (yum). Also, if you pay attention on October 31, you may be able to observe real angels, ballerinas, zombies, ghouls, ghosts, and superheroes walking the streets requesting sweet treats.

Yes, autumn has its bright spots but unfortunately it also signifies the beginning of flu seasons. Every year the flu causes over 200,000 people to be hospitalized in the United States. Therefore, the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends everyone over the age six months old get the flu vaccine. With the holidays fast approaching and people gathering more often which increases the chances of spreading the virus. The Advisory Committee therefore suggest everyone should get the flu vaccine by the end of October.

However, many of us are very skeptical about getting a flu vaccine because we are scared it will make us sick. Others are concerned that the flu vaccine will have long lasting negative effects on their children.

The following article addresses some of the concerns about getting the flu vaccine and why people should consider getting the flu vaccine.

https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/flu-vaccine-tip-sheet

As always FPPOA is here for you.


Dion J Thomas
Supervisory United States Probation Officer
Eastern District of Michigan
 

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Wednesday Wellness for October 3, 2018 News

This week’s WELLNESS WEDNESDAY’s article is focusing on "Work Life Balance." I know, I know "Work Life Balance" has been the hot catch phrase over the past few years.  However, for a lot of people the concept of "Work Life Balance" is just that, a concept. Many of us find our stress levels increasing because we wear so many hats and try to juggle them all at the same time. Some may call it multitasking, but we often began to feel overwhelmed, which can lead to poor health.  According to an article published by Mental Health America titled "Work Life Balance:" many of us are torn between juggling heavy workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, and squeezing in outside interests. Therefore, it is no surprise that more than one in four Americans describe themselves as "super stressed", and that’s not balanced—or healthy.

The article mentioned how our rush to meet all our expectations at the office and home lead to increased stress levels, which decreases our productivity and can damage our relationships. Prolonged stress will eventually weaken our immune system and double the risk of heart attacks or other mental/ physical ailments.

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North Carolina: Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer

This position is located in the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte, NC. The incumbent is responsible for supervising the activities of line probation officers and probation officer specialists under the direction of the Chief Probation Officer and the Assistant Deputy Chief Probation Officer.

Position
Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer
Location
Charlotte, North Carolina
Date opened
Closing date
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FPPOA 2018 Elections News

Election season is once again upon us!  It is time for those of you in the Southeast and Northeast Regions to elect your regional presidents.  The national officers are also up for election this year (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer).

Please consider throwing your hat in the ring and being an officer in the only professional organization dedicated solely to Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officers.

Elections are tentatively scheduled for the second week in November, and are done electronically through FPPOA’s website.  You will receive an email when the elections are open.  Don’t forget to vote!

Officers wishing to be placed on the ballot should email a letter/statement of interest no later than October 31, 2018 to Eileen_Vodak@wiep.uscourts.gov.  The letter should include the position you are running for (if a regional president, please specify which region), a biography with your tenure as a USPO/USPSO/POA, your history of FPPOA membership, previous professional experience, past and present professional affiliations, professional recognitions/awards, and community activities.  Please also provide a statement, approximately one page in length, regarding your views on current issues affecting the US Probation System and FPPOA, and any proposals/ideas you would like to see implemented.

If you have any questions regarding the elections or officer responsibilities, please contact Eileen Vodak.  Thank you!

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U.S. Probation Officer Thomas Eric Gahl News

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Saturday, September 22, 2018 marks the thirty-second anniversary of Thomas Gahl's line-of-duty death in the Southern District of Indiana. USPO Gahl died performing a home contact during which the offender ambushed Tom while armed with a shotgun. Gahl served for eleven years in the federal probation system. Thomas Gahl was 38 years old at the time of his death and was survived by his wife, Nancy, and two children, sons Chris and Nick, then ages 8 and 4. Please join the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association in remembering a fallen colleague. Please take a moment to review the article previously posted in News & Views.

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Marist College - Fall Graduate Virtual Information Sessions News

As a part of FPPOA's partnership with Marist College, the attached flyer provides dates and times for Graduate Virtual Information Sessions at Marist through the end of the year.  It includes programs such as the MBA, MPA, School Psychology, Mental Health Counseling and more!   The virtual information sessions are an easy way to gain insight on a program or programs officers may be interested in at the convenience of their own home or office!

Marist-Fall-Graduate-VIS.pdf

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Thomas Gahl Video

On September 22nd, 1986 Tom Gahl became the first United States Probation Officer to be killed in the line of duty. This video commemorates the 25th anniversary of his death.