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Offered by Cheri Simmons, Simmons Shooting Academy

Just one day before the Parkland school shooting, a grandmother in Washington stopped her grandson from committing a similar crime. She called 911 after becoming suspicious enough about his behavior to read his journal. That couldn’t have been easy for her to do. Thank God she did.

Homeland Security starts with Hometown Security. We all play a role in keeping our community safe, in keeping each other safe. If you see something suspicious, alert local authorities. If you experience that moment of uncertainty, when you know something doesn’t look right, make that call to 911.

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Offered by: John Wilson, B.S., BC-HIS, Blue Ribbon Hearing & Tinnitus Center

Don’t throw away those old hearing aids! (And don’t leave them sitting in a drawer.) Regardless of age or style, used hearing aids are potentially valuable. No matter who the devices were originally fitted to, used hearing aids may hold value to you or someone in need. Hearing aids can be traded in or donated for refurbishment or recycling.

Some hearing aids may have value when traded in for credit towards new technology. A change in hearing loss, need for a different style, or accessibility improvements such as iPhone connectivity or other devices may necessitate getting new hearing aids. When traded in, more recent technology can be refurbished for use by others. For sanitary reasons, the manufacturer should deep clean the devices and verify they are working correctly prior to being worn by someone else. If the technology is not outdated, refurbished hearing aids can be used as loaners in a practice or sold as a lower cost option.

Outdated or broken hearing aids that may seem obsolete can be recycled. At Blue Ribbon Hearing and Tinnitus Center, we support the Starkey Hearing Foundation and send them all donated hearing aids.
The mission of the foundation is to provide hearing aids to those who cannot afford them around the globe. Donated aids are disassembled and individual components are recycled and reused in devices that are distributed throughout the world. Donated aids can be valuable to you as a tax deduction, and valuable to those who receive the gift of hearing from your donation.

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Offered by Dolan & Associates, P.C.

Estate planning is more than avoiding probate and saving taxes. A properly designed estate plan can provide so much more to protect your family. For example…

Mary had been through so much with Bill’s illness. After almost a year, it had taken him from her. Then came the accident. As Mary turned off the highway she was struck by a young driver. His serious injury seemed to be entirely his own fault, until a lawsuit convinced a jury that Mary’s turn signals were not working properly, shifting legal liability to her. The resulting claim far exceeded her auto insurance limits, and even after the insurance paid $1,000,000 to the injured driver, she was staring at a court judgment of more than $800,000. Her lawyer told her their savings and Bill’s life insurance proceeds were going to be wiped out, and a lien would be placed on the family home. Mary was looking at bankruptcy. Then she learned the good news.

Bill and Mary had sought legal advice when they first learned of his illness. The first lawyer they spoke with said they did not need estate planning. He told them to just “put everything in joint tenancy.” They weren’t comfortable with that advice, and sought advice from a counseling oriented attorney who took the time to learn more about them, their estate, and their goals.

Bill’s primary objective was to protect Mary when he died. As Mary was winding up Bill’s affairs, she realized that upon his death, their savings, his life insurance and the home would not come directly to her in her own name, but would be put in trust. Mary would control the trust, but it would protect the assets from legal claims. While he had no idea what claims might arise, Bill’s foresight was now going to really pay off.

If you would like to learn more about an alternative estate planning process that is producing great results for families, please visit: www.EstatePlansThatWork.com to sign up for a complementary educational workshop.

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Offered by Brian Holley – Farmers Insurance

Sometimes we just need to pause and remember. In memorial I would like to honor these Deputies and Officers:

In just the last few months our state has had three Colorado Sheriff’s deputies gunned down.

Deputy Zackari Parrish was killed in an “ambush-style” shooting on New Year’s Eve which also injured Deputy Mike Doyle, Deputy Taylor Davis, and Police Officer Tom O’Donnell.

Deputy Heath Gumm was fatally wounded on January 25th, 2018 in Thornton, CO in pursuit of an assault suspect.

Deputy Micah Flick was shot and killed during a struggle with a car theft suspect in Colorado Springs. Three other law enforcement officers were shot and/or injured during the incident: Deputy Scott Stone, Deputy Sgt. Jake Abendschan and police detective Marcus Yanez.

We would like to honor these heroes. There is nothing we could do which would be enough. Some have paid the ultimate price; but let us remember them.

Our communities are filled with Deputies and Officers who enforce the law and work to protect the safety of all of us. They serve our communities to make them better, safer and a more enjoyable place to live.

Let us also remember, to quote Brighton Police Chief Paul Southard (from the Brighton Police website brightonco.gov) “It is collaboration between police and community. The police no longer are the sole guardians of law and order; all members of our community become active allies in the efforts to enhance the safety and quality of our neighborhoods.”

Let us be proud of our communities and help serve in any way we are able.

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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Allstate Rippy Insurance

Grief. It is a place that has no directions, no address, no phone number or storefront. There are no hours posted for when it is open or when it is closed. In the wake of grief, one can find themselves literally trying to put two feet in front of the other after everything as you knew it in your life – has changed forever.

Since I lost my dad December 27th, 2017, I have found myself in this new place called “grief.” I am trying to get acclimated to days without the physical presence of my dad and it’s been difficult beyond measure as I have found myself leaning on the expertise of counselors trained to walk me through this difficult time.

For the past several years through the Rippy Agency, we have helped to sponsor activities associated with the Richard Lambert Foundation, a local grief and counseling center. Their mission is to provide care, support and essential resources for bereaved children and adults, allowing them to create a foundation for hope, healing and survival. In 2017, the Richard Lambert Foundation assisted 76 adults and 28 children. In 2018, I personally will become one of the statistics for the adults served since I have been receiving grief counseling and I am grateful to receive their services.

I’ve started a drive to collect handmade knitted or crocheted beanies for kids with leukemia. They will be called “Ripbeams” and given to children in my dad’s memory and can be dropped off at the agency.

In Loving Memory | Melissa Rippy

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Offered by Wes Bear, Owner/Instructor – Concealed Carry Workshop

Our February “Sweetheart of a Deal” was so well received by Brighton Buzz readers that I have decided to continue with a BUY ONE (at full price) GET ONE FREE offer.

There was some confusion caused by the fact that I had removed the “full price” from the February ad, so people had to wonder what the “full price” was… Simply put, for the Basic Training class, required to apply for your permit, the cost is $50 per person as long as there are at least 2 people attending. If you want 1-on-1 Basic Training, the cost remains $100 for 1.

I have other training programs available as well, if you are seeking a class more advanced than the Basic Training (Concealed Carry Workshop & Live Fire Range), and classes in Home Defense, Don’t Be a Victim (Situational Awareness) and Trauma Care (not just for self-defense wounds).

If you have any questions or just want to schedule your training, you can please call or text me at 303.548.4646, e-mail me at: Wes@CCWorkshop.CO or vist my website at: CCWorkshop.CO

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Offered by: Valerie Rodriguez – Brighton Recreation Center

Would you like to boost your marketing opportunities? Are you trying to reach more potential customers in your area? We have those opportunities and we would like the chance to make that happen for you. We have many affordable options for businesses serving those who live in Brighton and the surrounding communities. We are gearing up for our 2018 events and we would love to include your business in our planning. We already have the events and the venue. We just need you!

For more information about different ways you can reach thousands of people for less contact Valerie Rodriguez at 303-655-2221 to set-up a meeting.

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Offered by Tax Smart, LLC

Given the uncertainty that the proposed new tax reform is generating, finding a highly competent tax preparer to help guide you through the complex laws that are shaping up is going to be even more important this year than in the past. Even if congress is successful in creating the much talked about “Post Card” tax return, it will only be used for the most basic of tax returns and if you have any deductions or credits coming, there are going to be additional forms you’ll need to file. Even though it may look simple, it really isn’t much different than what we already have.

We are a local family owned business with experience helping people get the largest tax refund possible, Tax Smart LLC, in association with H&R Block, is here to help. As a former IRS agent with over 30 years experience, Doreen Talbot has the knowledge and dedication to make sure you get every dollar you’re entitled to. Don’t let the politicians fool you into paying the IRS more than your fair share. Call Tax Smart today to schedule an appointment and see how we can help save you more of your hard earned money.

If you are a business owner, it’s even MORE important to call us today. Congress is in the process of trying to change the tax laws and you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss any critical issues that may effect you this year and in the future. We are a full service, year round office that is helping local companies with bookkeeping, sales tax, income tax returns, payroll, tax planning and more. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our growing community and want to help you thrive in a competitive market.

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Offered by: Kyle Bullock, ATLAS CPAs & Advisors PLLC

Many of the tax changes affecting individuals and businesses for 2017 were related to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) that modified or made permanent numerous tax breaks (the so-called “tax extenders”). To further complicate matters, some provisions were only extended through 2016 and are set to expire at the end of this year while others were extended through 2019. With that in mind, here’s what individuals and families need to know about tax provisions for 2017.

Individuals – Retirement
Contribution Limits
For 2017, the elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is $18,000 (same as 2016). For persons age 50 or older in 2017, the limit is $24,000 ($6,000 catch-up contribution). Contribution limits for SIMPLE plans remain at $12,500 (same as 2016) for persons under age 50 and $15,500 for anyone age 50 or older in 2017. The maximum compensation used to determine contributions increased from $265,000 to $270,000.

Saver’s Credit
In 2017, the adjusted gross income limit for the saver’s credit (also known as the retirement savings contributions credit) for low-and-moderate-income workers is $62,000 for married couples filing jointly, $46,500 for heads of household, and $31,000 for married individuals filing separately and for singles.

Business Tax Provisions: the Year in Review
Whether you file as a corporation or sole proprietor here’s what business owners need to know about tax changes for 2017.

Standard Mileage Rates
The standard mileage rates in 2017 are as follows: 53.5 cents per business mile driven, 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

Health Care Tax Credit for Small Businesses
Small business employers who pay at least half the premiums for single health insurance coverage for their employees may be eligible for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit as long as they employ fewer than the equivalent of 25 full-time workers and average annual wages do not exceed $52,000 (adjusted annually for inflation). In 2017 this amount is $52,400.

In 2017 (as in 2016, 2015, and 2014), the tax credit is worth up to 50 percent of your contribution toward employees’ premium costs (up to 35 percent for tax-exempt employers). For tax years 2010 through 2013, the maximum credit was 35 percent for small business employers and 25 percent for small tax-exempt employers such as charities.

Section 179 Expensing and Depreciation
The Section 179 expense deduction was made permanent at $510,000 by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH). For equipment purchases, the maximum deduction is $500,000 of the first $2.03 million of qualifying equipment placed in service during the current tax year. The deduction is phased out dollar for dollar on amounts exceeding the $2 million threshold amount (indexed for inflation) and eliminated above amounts exceeding $2.5 million. In addition, Section 179 is now indexed to inflation in increments of $10,000 for future tax years.

The 50 percent bonus depreciation has been extended through 2019. Businesses are able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and placed in service during 2015, 2016 and 2017. However, the bonus depreciation is reduced to 40 percent in 2018 and 30 percent in 2019. The standard business depreciation amount is 25 cents per mile.

For questions or more info on this complex topic, please contact The ATLAS CPAs. The ATLAS CPAs & Advisors office is located at: 21 North 1st Ave., Suite #200 in Brighton. You can also reach Manager Kyle Bullock by phone at: 303.659.3951.

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Offered by Lowe’s Brighton

Are you wondering how you’re going to get your next home project underway and want to find someone who can help you? Your local Lowe’s has a program where you can have assistance from a Project Interiors/ Exteriors Specialist that will guide you through your job from start to finish. Lowe’s will connect you with an Interiors Specialist and general contractor in order to help you complete kitchen and bath remodels as well as basement finishing! They take care of your planning, designing, and installation of your entire project so you don’t have to. And, of course all your products will come from Lowe’s too!

All of Lowe’s contractors and their employees are licensed, bonded, and insured and go through a vigorous background check prior to working for them. They make sure that the customers feel comfortable letting their Design Team into your home allowing Lowe’s to transform any house into a home you’ll love!

Your Exterior Specialist will help you with every detail including design, selection, delivery, installation, financing, and clean-up for your Fencing, Blow-In Insulation, Siding, Windows, Roofing, Decking, Standby Generators, HVAC Systems, and Seamless Gutters. Estimates include an all-inclusive price for materials and labor.

If you’re planning a project any time in the near future, either inside or on the outside of your house, consider getting to know one of the Brighton Lowe’s specialists to help you get your job finished with ease and confidence. Call today! 303-498-5000.

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