Virginia State accounting majors offer tax-filing help
Virginia State University’s accounting majors are working in cooperation with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to provide income tax preparation and filing assistance for 2016 tax returns to individual or joint filers in the Tri-Cities area with incomes below $58,000. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site is located on VSU’s campus in Singleton Hall, Room 333, and is being staffed two days a week, Tuesdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 11. The service will be closed during the university’s spring break, March 12-19.
Those seeking help with preparing and filing tax returns should bring with them all essential records, W2 forms, SSA- 1099, if appropriate, etc. Free electronic filing will be done for individuals who are required to use IRS forms 1040A or 1040EZ only. IRS E-File for individuals is the easy alternative to filing paper returns.
Seven Chesterfield County high schools and the school division’s online education program were recognized as W!SE Blue Star Schools for work completed during the 2015-16 school year. To be considered a Blue Star School, a school or program testing more than 10 students must achieve an 80 percent passing rate on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test and have either a majority of students on a given grade level take the test or have the students who took it achieve an average score of 85 percent or higher.
Along with CCPS Online, the following county high schools were recognized as Blue Star Schools at the annual MoneyPOWER Conference for Financial Literacy: Clover Hill, Cosby, James River, Manchester, Midlothian, Monacan and Thomas Dale.
W!SE’s Financial Literacy Certification Program addresses the critical need for financial literacy education for students preparing for financial independence. The program provides high school students with access to financial education and the opportunity to become certified financially literate. Participating schools teach personal finance and administer W!SE’s standardized Financial Literacy Certification (CFL) test. Developed in 2003, the program has expanded nationally and has been widely recognized for its success.
Mary Grace Walsh, an eighth-grade student at Robious Middle, is this year’s top speller in Chesterfield County Public Schools. She won the countywide spelling bee on Feb. 8, topping a field of 18 county students. The spelling bee runner-up is Kamryn Plowden, a seventh-grade student at Midlothian Middle.
The spelling bee lasted nine rounds, featuring 13 middle schoolers and five elementary school students. Mary Grace correctly spelled semolina to win the competition and will represent Chesterfield County Public Schools in the regional spelling bee on March 11 at the Library of Virginia. The winner of the regional spelling bee will advance to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
Village Bank and Trust Financial Corp. has announced the following:
George Karousos has been named president and chief executive officer of Village Bank Mortgage Corp. He replaces Jerry Mabry, who retired last month. Karousos will lead the team by expanding mortgage services in the Richmond region. Karousos has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry, serving in leadership roles at Bank of America Home Loans, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Primary Residential Mortgage and First Heritage Mortgage LLC.
Cindy Hening Hodges has been named vice president, small business banker. In her new role, Hodges, who joined Village Bank in 2007, will provide both credit and deposit solutions to small and mid-size businesses. She joins Amanda Bosher Porch, vice president and small business banker, who has been with Village Bank for 13 years. Porch recently graduated from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia.
The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting for Chesdin Landing, which will unveil a new section featuring 12 waterfront and golf course home sites on Wednesday, March 1, from 1-2 p.m. Following the ribbon cutting at the property, a reception will take place in the clubhouse. Chesdin Landing is located at 21801 Lake Chesdin Parkway.