Taxpayers who haven't yet filed income tax returns are running out of time to bite the bullet or request an extension. But what about those who expect a refund: Where is it, and what to do with it?
Where: Both the Kansas Department of Revenue (https://www.kdor.org/refundstatus/) and the Internal Revenue Service (http://www.irs.gov/Refunds) offer online refund updates.
What: Elizabeth Kiss, assistant professor in the Department of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University and family resource management specialist for K-State Research and Extension, recommends a 30-40-30 distribution: 30 percent for debt reduction, 40 percent for current wants and needs, and the final 30 percent for savings or an emergency fund.
“Fewer than half of Americans could come up with $2,000 within 30 days,” Kiss said. “If you don’t have $2,000 set aside, then an emergency fund might be a place to start.”
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Avian influenza in Kansas, Missouri
The Kansas Department of Agriculture has established a control zone in Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties after a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza was confirmed in Leavenworth County. A flock in Crawford County has tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza. Instances of the H5N2 disease were first reported in the region by the Missouri Department of Agriculture in Jasper and Moniteau counties.
Public health experts offer these reminders:
Properly handled and cooked poultry products remain safe to consume.
No human cases have been detected in the United States, Canada, or internationally.
Owners of backyard poultry flocks and commercial producers should continue to practice good biosecurity measures, including preventing contact with wild birds.
For more information, see Avian Flu Fact Sheet and the Kansas Department of Agriculture.