Volume 4 Number 15
April 13, 2007
It’s tax time! This year’s deadline for filing your federal income taxes is
Tuesday, April 17, 2007. If you waited until the last minute to file, you
are not alone. The IRS estimates that more 20 percent of taxpayers wait
until the last two weeks to file.
Please take the proper preparation and care with filing your tax return so
that you can maximize your refund and avoid any costly mistakes. Filing your
tax return online has become easier than ever and is a great way to prevent
More than 95 million Americans are eligible for free tax filing at
The process of filing your taxes can be long and complicated. If you need
assistance, please pursue one of the following options:
Taxpayers can call 1-800-829-4477 at any time to
reach the IRS' TeleTax line, which offers pre-recorded tips on 150 tax
The IRS also staffs a help line at 1-800-829-1040
that is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time from Monday through
The IRS posts answers to its most Frequently Asked
Questions at http://www.irs.gov/faqs/index.html.
If you are concerned that you may not make the
deadline, you should immediately file for a six-month extension.
However, you should note that any taxes you may owe are still due April
17, 2006. Sincerely,
CFO SINK ANNOUNCES MY
SAFE FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM SET TO
EXPAND STATEWIDE WITH 11 NEW WIND
Program will resume free home
inspections within two weeks
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink
announced that 11 new windstorm
inspection firms have been selected
to aid Floridians interested in
hardening their homes through the My
Safe Florida Home (MSFH) program.
After a two-month competitive
bidding process, these firms were
chosen based upon their scores,
capacity to perform a minimum number
of quality inspections each week,
and in-house resources available to
manage the large number of
applicants to the program.
Each inspection firm must ensure
that their inspectors pass Level 2
background checks, including
fingerprinting and drug testing.
Each inspector must also undergo the
required education and training on
mitigation techniques and the MSFH
“These inspection firms had to meet
the strictest of criteria in order
to be considered for this program,”
said CFO Sink. “We want homeowners
to be highly satisfied with the
services they receive from the My
Safe Florida Home Program once it
STATE FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE PROVIDES
FREE TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS
Nearly 200 volunteer firefighters from throughout Florida will converge this
week at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala to get the latest training
on firefighting and investigative techniques dealing with potential threats
from agribusiness chemical accidents to bombs.
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, who also serves as State Fire Marshal and
oversees the fire college, said the annual Florida Volunteer Firefighter
Weekend ensures Florida’s volunteer firefighters have access to regular
training to help them better protect their communities and themselves. The
event begins on Wednesday and continues through Sunday, April 15, at the
Florida State Fire College in Ocala. This is the 14th annual Florida
Volunteer Firefighter Weekend.
“In all that we do at the State Fire Marshal’s Office, our goal is to
protect the lives of Floridians, especially those who work hard to protect
our families, homes and communities,” said CFO Sink. “We want to do all we
can to make sure they get back to the firehouse and their families safely
after every call.”
STUDY: INSURANCE FRAUD BIG IN FLORIDA, AND SO IS THE
Florida's insurance fraud division ranks second in the
country, leading the nation in criminal cases it sent to prosecutors for
potential trial, and ranks near the top in other key fraud-fighting
categories, a Coalition Against Insurance Fraud's state fraud bureaus study
"Florida has some of the largest insurance-fraud problems in the U.S. The
fraud division has mounted an energetic response, but the state needs more
resources, including fraud prosecutors, before it can begin turning the
corner on this crime," said Dennis Jay, the Coalition's executive director,
in a release.
The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud conducted an annual study of the 47
state anti-fraud agencies as a barometer of progress in fighting insurance
fraud nationally, said James Quiggle, director of communications.
FLORIDA TRUCKING ASSOCIATION (FTA)
HOSTS ITS 2007 LEGISLATIVE DAY AT THE CAPITOL
Underneath blue, sunny skies and the canopies of
stately oak trees, majestic 18-wheeler trucks brushed with “No-Zone” logos
had a picture-perfect stage as they rolled into the Capitol Courtyard on
March 28. At the request of Senator Daniel Webster and
Representative Dennis Ross, Senate and House Resolutions were presented
recognizing March 28 as Truckers Day in Florida, and Governor Charlie Crist
signed a Proclamation for the observance of Truckers Day at the Capitol.
FTA was indeed honored that Chief Financial Officer
Alex Sink stopped by and enrolled for “No-Zone” driver education training
and received her official certification from FTA Road Team Member Andy
Severe, pictured to the left.
MISSOURI COUPLE SENTENCED FOR FRAUD
A Missouri couple were
sentenced Tuesday for taking more than $200,000 from local residents for
post-Hurricane Ivan construction work but not completing it.
William and Anita Morrison, owners of the contracting company Total Response
Systems, were convicted in October of bilking scores of Escambia County
residents through shoddy construction work.
Circuit Judge Michael Allen sentenced William Morrison Jr. to 12 years in
prison. His sentence will run consecutively with a 15-year sentence he
received for vehicular manslaughter in Missouri.
Robert Vose of the Department of Financial Services Division of Insurance
Fraud helped with the case.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FLOOD
Did you know that flooding
is considered the nation’s number one natural disaster, according to
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)?
National Flood Safety Awareness Week was held March 19-23, with March 22 as
Flood Insurance Day.
Flash floods, inland flooding and seasonal storms occur both inland and on
the coast and affect every region of this country. Know that floods do not
occur only within designated high-risk flood zones on the map. Recent
statistics show that from twenty
to 25 percent of all flood insurance claims are filed in low-to-moderate
insurance is available through nearly 100 insurance companies in more than
20,200 participating communities nationwide. Everyone can purchase flood
insurance - renters, business owners, and homeowners. The average flood
insurance policy costs around $500 a year. And in low- to moderate-risk
areas, lower-cost Preferred Risk Policies (PRPs) start at just $112 a year. CONTINUED