ISSUE

16

January 2023

All Center News

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center of St. Clair County Inc.

505 South Eighth Street  •  East St. Louis, IL  62201

 

 

 Joseph Harper

Executive Director

 Jonnie Barkley

Executive Secretary

 (618) 482-7330

 Brian Stewart

Chief Operating Officer

(618) 482-7630

 Dr. Lawrence Casey

Medical Director 

(618) 482-7630

 Mary Jackson

Quality Assurance

(618) 482-7337

 Shakira Dorsey

Human Resources Director

(618) 482-7381

 LT Nash

Building Manager

(618) 482-7633

 David McCosky

Inventory Specialist

(618) 261-7010

 Rachel Ball

Records

(618) 482-7626

 Mary Neufeld-Wall

Tele-Health Manager

(618) 482-2574

 Rita Byrd

Therapy & Transition

(618) 482-7617

 Rena Vantreece

Child & Adolescent

(618) 482-7613

 Daryl Rice

Dir. SMARTS/ARTS

Methadone Services

(618) 261-7041

 Gia Moore

Parenting for Success

(618) 482-7354

 Keonna Pittman

Food & Nutrition

(618) 261-7039

 Kelly Clemons

Housing Program

(618) 261-7616

Mike Nichols

Crisis Manager

(618) 261-7023

 Carla Ellis

Assistant Program Manager

(618) 482-8401

 Karen Jamison

Residential Services

(618) 274-6422

 Aubrey Yates

Fathers & Families

(618) 482-7348

 

A New Year Revolution

This newsletter’s purpose is to share information about The Center’s people and activities

Read more

Memo from Management

A few reminders for those of you who work at our Main Campus

Read more

Parking Proticol

A few reminders for those of you who work at our Main Campus

Read more

Big Changes Are Coming to Training in 2024! 

Due to the high cost of Relias, and the rapid growth of the team here at CBHC, we will move to two separate training systems in the coming months.

Read more

Who Cares about a Buck Tooth Rodent’s Shadow? (Groundhog’s Day History)

Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2nd, originates from a Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerging from its burrow sees its shadow due to clear weather, winter will persist for six more weeks. 

Read more

February’s Employee of the Month

Ms. Carolyn Nichols, Case Manager for Therapy & Transitional Services (TTS)  receives the honor of being February’s Employee of the Month.  

Ms. Nichols goes above and beyond her normal duties when it comes to her clients. From the time she started working at The Center, her work has been exemplary. 

Read more

February’s Birthdays

Wishing a BIG happy birthday to all of those in the CBHC family!

 

Mary Hosto 02/01 Zane Muse
02/10  
Charmeka Fulton 02/12
Mary Beth Neufeld-Wall 02/18   Priscilla Box
02/20 
 Jessica Elliott
02/21 
 Angela Halliday 02/26  Andrea Cooper
02/27

Who’s New

We are thrilled to welcome our newest members of the CBHC family!

Angela Bradley 
Counselor Aide 
SMARTS ARTS 
Sarah Gilkey 
Engagement Specialist 
Lliving Room 
Carl Swope 
Casemanager 

Living Room 

 

Tips to Make Tax Time Less Terrible! 

The deadline for filing taxes is Tuesday, April 18 

Filing taxes can be intimidating, especially if you’re not financially savvy. But fear not – this article will walk you through some simple, effective tips to make your tax filing easier.

Choose a Filing Method 

DIY with Paper Form: If your life and work situations are pretty straightforward you can get IRS Form 1040EZ for your federal and state’s 1040EZ from the relevant websites, or often from local libraries. 

DIY with Tax Software: User-friendly tax software can guide you through the process. It’s ideal for straightforward tax situations and often includes e-filing.  The fees that you pay will vary based on how many documents you have to file 

Hire a Professional: If your tax situation is complex (e.g., if you’ve been self-employed, had multiple income sources, or owned a business), consider hiring a tax professional. 

Get Nonprofit or Free Help: Several area nonprofits will help you file your taxes if you meet certain income requirements.  Call 2-1-1 and be ready to tell them about how much you made and the area in which you live or work.

 Understanding the Basics 

Know Your Tax Bracket: The percentage of your income that you pay in taxes is based on how much you and other members of your household earned.  There are charts on the IRS website where you can find out your tax bracket. 

Identify Your Filing Status: Your status could be single, married filing jointly, married filing separately, head of household, or qualifying widow(er). Most people will be single or married filing jointly, but each status has different tax rates and deductions so the best option will depend on your situation. 

What Do I Need to Get Started? 

To get started you just need to pull together a few pieces of paperwork from your employer or any other organization that has paid you a substantial amount of money. 

Collect Income Statements: Businesses that paid you a regular wage or salary (most likely The Center) will give you a W-2 form.  If you can’t find your W-2. Here is how to find it in ADP. 

If you worked as a contractor or gig worker and earned more than a few hundred dollars, those jobs should give you 1099 forms.  There are separate forms for interest, investment income, or rental properties 

Deductions are a Simple Way to Save Money 

Keep Track of Deductions and Credits: Deductions are subtracted from the amount you earned, meaning that you can use them to pay less tax. 

Education Expenses: 

  • Student Loan Interest Deduction: If you have student loans you can deduct up to $2,500 of student loan interest. 
  • American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC): Credit for the first four years of higher education, up to $2,500 per student. 
  • Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC): Credit for tuition and related expenses for higher education. 

Retirement Savings Contributions:

  • Retirement Account Contributions: Deductible contributions to traditional IRAs and 401(k)s don’t count against your income. 

Job-Related Expenses: 

  • Mileage Deduction: If you use your car for business, medical, or charitable purposes, you may be able to deduct mileage. The rates vary each year, so check the current IRS guidelines. 
  • Moving Expenses for First Job: If you were a member of the Armed Forces and moved for your first civilian job, you can deduct certain moving expenses. 
  • Work Uniforms and Job Supplies: Deduct costs for uniforms and supplies not suitable for everyday use. (This can be used if you bought your own scrubs that you use only for work). 

Healthcare Expenses: 

  • Medical and Dental Expenses: if you spent more than 7.5% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI, a number that you will figure out as you prepare your taxes), you can deduct any amount over 7.5% 

Charitable Donations: 

  • Donations to Qualified Charities: Using proper documentation from the charity, you can deduct money or goods given to registered charities. 

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): 

  • This is an important deduction for those with children or those who have a low to moderate income.  Your tax form or software can help you figure out if you’re eligible.

Standard Deduction: 

  • This is an automatic deduction that lowers your tax payment if you don’t want to, or cannot, list various charitible contributions or business expenses. 

Filing Your Taxes 

Understand the Forms: You will need to file your tax forms with the federal government as well as in every state where you worked or lived in 2023 

Fill Out Your Forms Accurately: Whether you’re using software or filling out forms manually, ensure all information is correct. Double-check your income, deductions, and personal information.  Make sure to keep all your documents in one place. 

Final Steps 

Submit Your Tax Return: You can e-file or mail your tax return. E-filing is faster, more secure, and generally preferred. 

Pay Any Taxes Owed: If you owe taxes, make sure to pay by the deadline to avoid penalties. Payment can be made online, by phone, or by mail.  It may be possible to arrange to make several smaller payments if you owe a lot of taxes. 

Track Your Refund: If you’re expecting a refund, you can track its status on the IRS website. 

Prepare for Next Year: If you came out owing taxes, or if you got a big refund but would rather have that extra money appear on your paycheck throughout the year, you can talk to HR or log into ADP to change the amount of tax that is being withheld from your paycheck. 

Tax filing isn’t nearly as bad as most people think. Start early, stay organized, and don’t hesitate to seek help if needed. Remember, being proactive and informed is key to a stress-free tax filing experience. 

*This article is a curation of basic best practices. If you are unsure of the tax laws for your particular situation, please contact a licensed tax professional. 

A Worldwide Legacy of Healthcare 

Attribution: Homer G. Phillips. Painting by Vernon Smith [Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Objects Collection, 2016-058-0001]. Use permitted for educational purposes.

At 2601 N Whittier St. in The Ville neighborhood of St. Louis there stands a large, beautiful art deco brick independent living facility with 220 beds named for Homer G. Phillips.   

Unless you are a long-time St. Louis area resident, you may not know that name, but from 1937 that building and name have been synonymous with healthcare, education, and racial equity, and the effects of what happened in that building have changed the country and world with a long legacy of healthcare providers and pioneering treatments nurtured there. 

Through the 1910s, the Black population of St. Louis was booming as people were moving into cities to take advantage of new industrial jobs.   

As the population of the city grew, many were experiencing the effects of segregation.  The city’s only public hospital, City Hospital, was segregated and only accepted white patients and staff.   

In response to the need, Black community leaders and advocates persuaded the city to take action.  The city purchased a 177-bed medical facility in 1919 which was woefully inadequate for St. Louis’s 70,000 Black residents. 

Seeing the need, a local lawyer Homer G Phillips advocated for a bond issue to provide for the construction of a new hospital to serve Black St. Louisans. 

Although the bond issue passed, the city aldermen were determined to open a new segregated wing of City Hospital.   

Knowing that the wing would be too small, and the hospital was in a white neighborhood and far from the people who needed it, Phillips continued to advocate until 6.3 acres were purchased and construction began on what would be called City Hospital #2 in The Ville, the vibrant center of St. Louis’s Black community. 

The hospital was formally opened in February of 1937, 14 years after the bond issue had passed.  Phillips did not live to see the dream that he fought for realized.   

He was shot and killed before construction even began in a murder that remains unsolved.  In 1942 the hospital was renamed for the man who fought for accessible public healthcare for Black residents of St. Louis. 

The true lasting legacy of Homer G. Phillips Hospital, however, is far more than a building and name.  Less than a decade after it opened, the hospital was one of the 10 largest public hospitals in the country.   

One-third of all the graduates of America’s two Black medical schools served their residency at Homer G. Phillips and despite chronic underfunding from the city, the hospital pioneered new treatments in everything from wound care to IV feeding.   

The hospital trained and taught nurses through its nursing school and was the training site for thousands of other medical professionals like X-ray technicians and phlebotomists.  These professionals went on to serve across the country and around the world.   

The world also came to the hospital as its staff welcomed medical staff from around the world who were excluded from serving in white hospitals. 

Homer G. Phillips Hospital began accepting patients of all races in 1955 when the city’s healthcare system was desegregated.   

Phillips continued to influence medical education as in the 60s every department was headed by a physician who also taught at the medical schools of SLU or Wash U. 

The city officially and abruptly closed the hospital in 1979, though in the wake of community protests, the building was soon named a St. Louis Landmark and then placed on the National Register of Historic Places.   

The building was vacant for more than a decade until the hospital’s community clinic building was reopened, the nursing school was converted into a children’s home, and ultimately the main building was renovated to become an independent living facility.   

The legacy of this community institution lives on in the many babies born there, the many lives saved there, and the many medical professionals trained there.   

There is still a dedicated organization of nurses who are alumna of the nursing school at Homer G. Phillips Hospital. 

Holidays

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The Drop-In Center needs your new or used cold-weather items! 

There’s a new large box next to the entrance at the Drop-In Center; what’s it for?   

Read more

February’s pet of the Month is Baby!  Baby (pictured here with Kaius) was rescued by our Director of Human Resources, Kyra.    

Read more

Crossword Puzzle

The first person who submits the most correct answers to the front desk newsletter@cbhc1.org will receive a ticket for a free lunch. Hard copies are available at the front desk.

December’s Crossword Puzzle Answer Key

 

How to Make Your Resolution Last-Seven Tips

As the New Year rolls in, many of us set resolutions with genuine intent, yet find them fading away as the year progresses. To ensure your resolutions turn into reality, here are practical tips to help you stay on track:

Read more

Get in the News

Each month’s newsletter can be found at: Cbhc1.org/Newsletter.
Questions, comments, or content suggestions can be sent to: Newsletter@Cbhc1.org.

Important Dates

The cutoff for newsletter content suggestions is the last weekday of the following month.
Going forward, the newsletter will be published on the second Monday of every month.

ISSUE

16

January 2023

All Center News

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center of St. Clair County Inc.

505 South Eighth Street  •  East St. Louis, IL  62201

 

 

 Joseph Harper

Executive Director

 Jonnie Barkley

Executive Secretary

 (618) 482-7330

 Brian Stewart

Chief Operating Officer

(618) 482-7630

 Dr. Lawrence Casey

Medical Director 

(618) 482-7630

 Mary Jackson

Quality Assurance

(618) 482-7337

 Shakira Dorsey

Human Resources Director

(618) 482-7381

 LT Nash

Building Manager

(618) 482-7633

 David McCosky

Inventory Specialist

(618) 261-7010

 Rachel Ball

Records

(618) 482-7626

 Mary Neufeld-Wall

Tele-Health Manager

(618) 482-2574

 Rita Byrd

Therapy & Transition

(618) 482-7617

 Rena Vantreece

Child & Adolescent

(618) 482-7613

 Daryl Rice

Dir. SMARTS/ARTS

Methadone Services

(618) 261-7041

 Gia Moore

Parenting for Success

(618) 482-7354

 Keonna Pittman

Food & Nutrition

(618) 261-7039

 Kelly Clemons

Housing Program

(618) 261-7616

Mike Nichols

Crisis Manager

(618) 261-7023

 Carla Ellis

Assistant Program Manager

(618) 482-8401

 Karen Jamison

Residential Services

(618) 274-6422

 Aubrey Yates

Fathers & Families

(618) 482-7348

 

A New Year Revolution

This newsletter’s purpose is to share information about The Center’s people and activities

Read more

Parking Proticol

A few reminders for those of you who work at our Main Campus

Read more

Big Changes Are Coming to Training in 2024! 

Due to the high cost of Relias, and the rapid growth of the team here at CBHC, we will move to two separate training systems in the coming months.

Read more

Our Social Media Raffle Winners!

Thank you to everyone who took part in last month’s social media raffle. A big congratulations goes out to….

Read more

January’s Employee of the Month

Congratulations are in order for Ms. Taylor Shy, as the ‘Employee of the Month’ for January 2024, as a Coordinated Intake Worker for the Parenting for Success Program.

Read more

January’s Birthdays

Wishing a BIG happy birthday to all of those in the CBHC family!

 

Taylor Shy

1/3

Rachel Linzy
1/8
Vivian Gaines White
1/14
Rose Lewis
1/21
Brian Rowe
1/21
Andrela Dismuke
1/28
Cassandra Mackin
1/29

Saprina McUin

1/30

Who’s New

We are thrilled to welcome our newest members of the CBHC family!

Kayla Wren, LPN
Methadone
Carl Swop
Case Manager, Living Room


Angela Bradley
Medical Records

 

Sarah Gilkey Engagement Specialist, Living Room/Crisis
Alicia Mitchom
SMARTS/ARTS
Paris York
SMARTS/ARTS
Dabuekka Dutary-Audia
SMARTS/ARTS
Kimmeshae Doss
SMARTS/ARTS
 

Tips to Make Tax Time Less Terrible! 

The deadline for filing taxes is Tuesday, April 18 

Filing taxes can be intimidating, especially if you’re not financially savvy. But fear not – this article will walk you through some simple, effective tips to make your tax filing easier.

Choose a Filing Method 

DIY with Paper Form: If your life and work situations are pretty straightforward you can get IRS Form 1040EZ for your federal and state’s 1040EZ from the relevant websites, or often from local libraries. 

DIY with Tax Software: User-friendly tax software can guide you through the process. It’s ideal for straightforward tax situations and often includes e-filing.  The fees that you pay will vary based on how many documents you have to file 

Hire a Professional: If your tax situation is complex (e.g., if you’ve been self-employed, had multiple income sources, or owned a business), consider hiring a tax professional. 

Get Nonprofit or Free Help: Several area nonprofits will help you file your taxes if you meet certain income requirements.  Call 2-1-1 and be ready to tell them about how much you made and the area in which you live or work.

 Understanding the Basics 

Know Your Tax Bracket: The percentage of your income that you pay in taxes is based on how much you and other members of your household earned.  There are charts on the IRS website where you can find out your tax bracket. 

Identify Your Filing Status: Your status could be single, married filing jointly, married filing separately, head of household, or qualifying widow(er). Most people will be single or married filing jointly, but each status has different tax rates and deductions so the best option will depend on your situation. 

What Do I Need to Get Started? 

To get started you just need to pull together a few pieces of paperwork from your employer or any other organization that has paid you a substantial amount of money. 

Collect Income Statements: Businesses that paid you a regular wage or salary (most likely The Center) will give you a W-2 form.  If you can’t find your W-2. Here is how to find it in ADP. 

If you worked as a contractor or gig worker and earned more than a few hundred dollars, those jobs should give you 1099 forms.  There are separate forms for interest, investment income, or rental properties 

Deductions are a Simple Way to Save Money 

Keep Track of Deductions and Credits: Deductions are subtracted from the amount you earned, meaning that you can use them to pay less tax. 

Education Expenses: 

  • Student Loan Interest Deduction: If you have student loans you can deduct up to $2,500 of student loan interest. 
  • American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC): Credit for the first four years of higher education, up to $2,500 per student. 
  • Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC): Credit for tuition and related expenses for higher education. 

Retirement Savings Contributions:

  • Retirement Account Contributions: Deductible contributions to traditional IRAs and 401(k)s don’t count against your income. 

Job-Related Expenses: 

  • Mileage Deduction: If you use your car for business, medical, or charitable purposes, you may be able to deduct mileage. The rates vary each year, so check the current IRS guidelines. 
  • Moving Expenses for First Job: If you were a member of the Armed Forces and moved for your first civilian job, you can deduct certain moving expenses. 
  • Work Uniforms and Job Supplies: Deduct costs for uniforms and supplies not suitable for everyday use. (This can be used if you bought your own scrubs that you use only for work). 

Healthcare Expenses: 

  • Medical and Dental Expenses: if you spent more than 7.5% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI, a number that you will figure out as you prepare your taxes), you can deduct any amount over 7.5% 

Charitable Donations: 

  • Donations to Qualified Charities: Using proper documentation from the charity, you can deduct money or goods given to registered charities. 

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): 

  • This is an important deduction for those with children or those who have a low to moderate income.  Your tax form or software can help you figure out if you’re eligible.

Standard Deduction: 

  • This is an automatic deduction that lowers your tax payment if you don’t want to, or cannot, list various charitible contributions or business expenses. 

Filing Your Taxes 

Understand the Forms: You will need to file your tax forms with the federal government as well as in every state where you worked or lived in 2023 

Fill Out Your Forms Accurately: Whether you’re using software or filling out forms manually, ensure all information is correct. Double-check your income, deductions, and personal information.  Make sure to keep all your documents in one place. 

Final Steps 

Submit Your Tax Return: You can e-file or mail your tax return. E-filing is faster, more secure, and generally preferred. 

Pay Any Taxes Owed: If you owe taxes, make sure to pay by the deadline to avoid penalties. Payment can be made online, by phone, or by mail.  It may be possible to arrange to make several smaller payments if you owe a lot of taxes. 

Track Your Refund: If you’re expecting a refund, you can track its status on the IRS website. 

Prepare for Next Year: If you came out owing taxes, or if you got a big refund but would rather have that extra money appear on your paycheck throughout the year, you can talk to HR or log into ADP to change the amount of tax that is being withheld from your paycheck. 

Tax filing isn’t nearly as bad as most people think. Start early, stay organized, and don’t hesitate to seek help if needed. Remember, being proactive and informed is key to a stress-free tax filing experience. 

*This article is a curation of basic best practices. If you are unsure of the tax laws for your particular situation, please contact a licensed tax professional. 

Living Room Dedication

Photos courtesy of Mr. Bailey and Joseph Cobetto.

Photos courtesy of Mr. Bailey and Joseph Cobetto.

On January 1, Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center of St. Clair County dedicated the new Living Room to former CBHC Executive Director Marsha Johnson.

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The Drop-In Center needs your new or used cold-weather items! 

There’s a new large box next to the entrance at the Drop-In Center; what’s it for?   

Read more

 

Meet Trixie, the beloved pooch of our very own Andrew Bertolucci!

Read more

Crossword Puzzle

The first person who submits the most correct answers to the front desk newsletter@cbhc1.org will receive a ticket for a free lunch. Hard copies are available at the front desk.

December’s Crossword Puzzle Answer Key

 

How to Make Your Resolution Last-Seven Tips

As the New Year rolls in, many of us set resolutions with genuine intent, yet find them fading away as the year progresses. To ensure your resolutions turn into reality, here are practical tips to help you stay on track:

Read more

Get in the News

Each month’s newsletter can be found at: Cbhc1.org/Newsletter.
Questions, comments, or content suggestions can be sent to: Newsletter@Cbhc1.org.

Important Dates

The cutoff for newsletter content suggestions is the last weekday of the following month.
Going forward, the newsletter will be published on the second Monday of every month.

ISSUE

16

January 2023

All Center News

Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center of St. Clair County Inc.

505 South Eighth Street  •  East St. Louis, IL  62201

 

 

 Joseph Harper

Executive Director

 Jonnie Barkley

Executive Secretary

 (618) 482-7330

 Brian Stewart

Chief Operating Officer

(618) 482-7630

 Dr. Lawrence Casey

Medical Director 

(618) 482-7630

 Mary Jackson

Quality Assurance

(618) 482-7337

 Shakira Dorsey

Human Resources Director

(618) 482-7381

 LT Nash

Building Manager

(618) 482-7633

 David McCosky

Inventory Specialist

(618) 261-7010

 Rachel Ball

Records

(618) 482-7626

 Mary Neufeld-Wall

Tele-Health Manager

(618) 482-2574

 Rita Byrd

Therapy & Transition

(618) 482-7617

 Rena Vantreece

Child & Adolescent

(618) 482-7613

 Daryl Rice

Dir. SMARTS/ARTS

Methadone Services

(618) 261-7041

 Gia Moore

Parenting for Success

(618) 482-7354

 Keonna Pittman

Food & Nutrition

(618) 261-7039

 Kelly Clemons

Housing Program

(618) 261-7616

Mike Nichols

Crisis Manager

(618) 261-7023

 Carla Ellis

Assistant Program Manager

(618) 482-8401

 Karen Jamison

Residential Services

(618) 274-6422

 Aubrey Yates

Fathers & Families

(618) 482-7348

 

A New Year Revolution

This newsletter’s purpose is to share information about The Center’s people and activities

Read more

Parking Proticol

A few reminders for those of you who work at our Main Campus

Read more

Big Changes Are Coming to Training in 2024! 

Due to the high cost of Relias, and the rapid growth of the team here at CBHC, we will move to two separate training systems in the coming months.

Read more

Our Social Media Raffle Winners!

Thank you to everyone who took part in last month’s social media raffle. A big congratulations goes out to….

Read more

January’s Employee of the Month

Congratulations are in order for Ms. Taylor Shy, as the ‘Employee of the Month’ for January 2024, as a Coordinated Intake Worker for the Parenting for Success Program.

Read more

January’s Birthdays

Wishing a BIG happy birthday to all of those in the CBHC family!

 

Taylor Shy

1/3

Rachel Linzy
1/8
Vivian Gaines White
1/14
Rose Lewis
1/21
Brian Rowe
1/21
Andrela Dismuke
1/28
Cassandra Mackin
1/29

Saprina McUin

1/30

Who’s New

We are thrilled to welcome our newest members of the CBHC family!

Kayla Wren, LPN
Methadone
Carl Swop
Case Manager, Living Room


Angela Bradley
Medical Records

 

Sarah Gilkey Engagement Specialist, Living Room/Crisis
Alicia Mitchom
SMARTS/ARTS
Paris York
SMARTS/ARTS
Dabuekka Dutary-Audia
SMARTS/ARTS
Kimmeshae Doss
SMARTS/ARTS
 

Tips to Make Tax Time Less Terrible! 

The deadline for filing taxes is Tuesday, April 18 

Filing taxes can be intimidating, especially if you’re not financially savvy. But fear not – this article will walk you through some simple, effective tips to make your tax filing easier.

Choose a Filing Method 

DIY with Paper Form: If your life and work situations are pretty straightforward you can get IRS Form 1040EZ for your federal and state’s 1040EZ from the relevant websites, or often from local libraries. 

DIY with Tax Software: User-friendly tax software can guide you through the process. It’s ideal for straightforward tax situations and often includes e-filing.  The fees that you pay will vary based on how many documents you have to file 

Hire a Professional: If your tax situation is complex (e.g., if you’ve been self-employed, had multiple income sources, or owned a business), consider hiring a tax professional. 

Get Nonprofit or Free Help: Several area nonprofits will help you file your taxes if you meet certain income requirements.  Call 2-1-1 and be ready to tell them about how much you made and the area in which you live or work.

 Understanding the Basics 

Know Your Tax Bracket: The percentage of your income that you pay in taxes is based on how much you and other members of your household earned.  There are charts on the IRS website where you can find out your tax bracket. 

Identify Your Filing Status: Your status could be single, married filing jointly, married filing separately, head of household, or qualifying widow(er). Most people will be single or married filing jointly, but each status has different tax rates and deductions so the best option will depend on your situation. 

What Do I Need to Get Started? 

To get started you just need to pull together a few pieces of paperwork from your employer or any other organization that has paid you a substantial amount of money. 

Collect Income Statements: Businesses that paid you a regular wage or salary (most likely The Center) will give you a W-2 form.  If you can’t find your W-2. Here is how to find it in ADP. 

If you worked as a contractor or gig worker and earned more than a few hundred dollars, those jobs should give you 1099 forms.  There are separate forms for interest, investment income, or rental properties 

Deductions are a Simple Way to Save Money 

Keep Track of Deductions and Credits: Deductions are subtracted from the amount you earned, meaning that you can use them to pay less tax. 

Education Expenses: 

  • Student Loan Interest Deduction: If you have student loans you can deduct up to $2,500 of student loan interest. 
  • American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC): Credit for the first four years of higher education, up to $2,500 per student. 
  • Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC): Credit for tuition and related expenses for higher education. 

Retirement Savings Contributions:

  • Retirement Account Contributions: Deductible contributions to traditional IRAs and 401(k)s don’t count against your income. 

Job-Related Expenses: 

  • Mileage Deduction: If you use your car for business, medical, or charitable purposes, you may be able to deduct mileage. The rates vary each year, so check the current IRS guidelines. 
  • Moving Expenses for First Job: If you were a member of the Armed Forces and moved for your first civilian job, you can deduct certain moving expenses. 
  • Work Uniforms and Job Supplies: Deduct costs for uniforms and supplies not suitable for everyday use. (This can be used if you bought your own scrubs that you use only for work). 

Healthcare Expenses: 

  • Medical and Dental Expenses: if you spent more than 7.5% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI, a number that you will figure out as you prepare your taxes), you can deduct any amount over 7.5% 

Charitable Donations: 

  • Donations to Qualified Charities: Using proper documentation from the charity, you can deduct money or goods given to registered charities. 

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): 

  • This is an important deduction for those with children or those who have a low to moderate income.  Your tax form or software can help you figure out if you’re eligible.

Standard Deduction: 

  • This is an automatic deduction that lowers your tax payment if you don’t want to, or cannot, list various charitible contributions or business expenses. 

Filing Your Taxes 

Understand the Forms: You will need to file your tax forms with the federal government as well as in every state where you worked or lived in 2023 

Fill Out Your Forms Accurately: Whether you’re using software or filling out forms manually, ensure all information is correct. Double-check your income, deductions, and personal information.  Make sure to keep all your documents in one place. 

Final Steps 

Submit Your Tax Return: You can e-file or mail your tax return. E-filing is faster, more secure, and generally preferred. 

Pay Any Taxes Owed: If you owe taxes, make sure to pay by the deadline to avoid penalties. Payment can be made online, by phone, or by mail.  It may be possible to arrange to make several smaller payments if you owe a lot of taxes. 

Track Your Refund: If you’re expecting a refund, you can track its status on the IRS website. 

Prepare for Next Year: If you came out owing taxes, or if you got a big refund but would rather have that extra money appear on your paycheck throughout the year, you can talk to HR or log into ADP to change the amount of tax that is being withheld from your paycheck. 

Tax filing isn’t nearly as bad as most people think. Start early, stay organized, and don’t hesitate to seek help if needed. Remember, being proactive and informed is key to a stress-free tax filing experience. 

*This article is a curation of basic best practices. If you are unsure of the tax laws for your particular situation, please contact a licensed tax professional. 

Living Room Dedication

Photos courtesy of Mr. Bailey and Joseph Cobetto.

Photos courtesy of Mr. Bailey and Joseph Cobetto.

On January 1, Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center of St. Clair County dedicated the new Living Room to former CBHC Executive Director Marsha Johnson.

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The Drop-In Center needs your new or used cold-weather items! 

There’s a new large box next to the entrance at the Drop-In Center; what’s it for?   

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Meet Trixie, the beloved pooch of our very own Andrew Bertolucci!

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Crossword Puzzle

The first person who submits the most correct answers to the front desk newsletter@cbhc1.org will receive a ticket for a free lunch. Hard copies are available at the front desk.

December’s Crossword Puzzle Answer Key

 

How to Make Your Resolution Last-Seven Tips

As the New Year rolls in, many of us set resolutions with genuine intent, yet find them fading away as the year progresses. To ensure your resolutions turn into reality, here are practical tips to help you stay on track:

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