After 16 Years of Planning, Stowe Mountain Lodge Will Finally Open its Doors in JuneVermonts Most Highly-Anticipated Resort Hotel to Offer up to 50% Discount for Two Days OnlyStowe, Vt. (April 15, 2008) In June, Destination Hotels & Resorts will welcome their very first guests to stay at Stowe Mountain Lodge, the first true luxury resort hotel experience to open in Vermont in over 50 years. The historic town of Stowe, Vermont has long been known as the “Ski Capital of the East” and the opening of Stowe Mountain Lodge will now affirm this charming vacation destination as the nations preeminent year-round mountain resort experience. A host of activities will be available to visitors all four seasons of the year, and Stowe Mountain Lodges location at the base of two mountains Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak will enable guests to enjoy limitless cultural, recreational and relaxing activities in the areas most luxurious and highly-coveted surroundings.Stowe Mountain Lodge is the centerpiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a new $400 million alpine neighborhood and the first-ever Audubon International Sustainable Community in a mountain resort area, that has been in planning and development stages for the past 16 years. As part of this new real estate community, guests of Stowe Mountain Lodge will enjoy five-star service; 139 guestrooms; a 21,000 square foot spa and Cooper Wellness at Stowe; exclusive access to Stowe Mountain Club, an 18-hole mountain golf course designed by Bob Cupp; a heated outdoor pool with indoor access; over 12,000 square feet of event space, high-end boutiques and restaurants; and unmatched on-mountain recreational options. The Lodge will also offer the Vermont artisan-inspired cuisine of Chef Sean Buchanan, one of the states foremost advocates of the farm-to-table movement, in Solstice restaurant and Hourglass bar. In addition, 34 fractionally-owned condominium units will be available for vacation home ownership in the Lodges Front Four Private Residence Club.In celebration of its opening, Stowe Mountain Lodge will offer a special catch-it-while-you-can up to 50% discount to its very first summertime guests. The “First Guest” bed and breakfast package will be available from July 1 to July 31, 2008, and includes luxury overnight accommodations for two and breakfast for two in Solstice restaurant. This special package is available for one-night stays only, and must be booked between 12:01am on April 28 and 11:59pm on April 29, 2008. The rate for the “First Guest” package starts at $299 per night, and does not include tax. (This represents 50% off of regular summertime rates).The new Stowe Mountain Lodge is located at the heart of the lively Spruce Peak at Stowe alpine village in historic Stowe, Vermont. Opening June 2008, the 139-room lodge will offer an exclusive 18-hole mountain golf course created by the legendary Bob Cupp, a luxurious spa, Cooper Wellness at Stowe, Salon Mario Russo, 12,100 square feet of meeting space, the Alpine Concierge® available to anticipate every need, twice-daily housekeeping, 24-hour in-room dining and artisan-inspired cuisine. The lodge also will offer highly-customized services and personalized in-room amenities.
With April 15 quickly approaching, filing tax returns might appear daunting to some students.The IRS, however, aims to make filing tax returns a simple process for everyone.According to Jennifer Henrie-Brown, an IRS tax specialist, the IRS has an informative website that includes instructions to guide people through the filing process.Civic duty · Most students who work full- or part-time jobs will have to fill out the 1040 tax form. Depending on income, some students will get a tax refund after filing their returns. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan If a student is not certain as to whether they should file a tax return, the IRS has three charts to assist students.Most students who are obligated to file a tax return, according to Henrie-Brown, will fall under Chart A as singles under the age of 65 with a total income of at least $9,350. Students under the age of 24 can be claimed as dependents by their parents, but students who are claimed as dependents should still file their own taxes if they earned more than $5,700.Even if a student is not expected by federal or state law to file a tax return, it might be beneficial for students with jobs to do so.“There is a possibility that [students can] get refunded. If [a student] is not required to file a tax return, but the employer withholds federal income tax, the only way for [the student] to receive the money is to file a return,” Henrie-Brown said.Though the IRS has attempted to make the process as simple as possible, some students still shy away from filing their own taxes.“Even though I have a job, I’ve barely made any money,” said Ava Casados, a junior majoring in fine arts and psychology. “It’s definitely easier for my parents to [file my tax return] because there’s really not much work that needs to be done.”Ari Stobaugh, a freshman majoring in political science, said she also relies on her parents to help with her tax return.“I help my parents, but I basically let them handle my tax return because they’ve done it for 30 years and just know what they’re doing,” Stobaugh said.Though many students at USC find it easier to have their parents handle their tax returns, Thomas Griffith, professor of law and taxation, said he believes students should attempt to file their own returns.“Students should bite the bullet and try to do the tax returns [themselves],” Griffith said. “And if you make a mistake, don’t worry about it. As long as you are not trying to cheat the IRS, they will send you a letter either with the amount still owed or money because you paid too much.”Griffith said the IRS instructions are fairly clear for students who take their time to understand them, and he thinks tax preparers are superfluous for students.Since changes to the tax laws occur frequently, Henrie-Brown said it can be difficult for most people, especially students, to stay up to date. To make the process smoother, the IRS offers e-file, a “fast, easy and accurate solution to filing tax returns.” The service is available at www.irs.gov.Students and others who earn an income under $57,000 can also use Free File, the free IRS version of e-file, also online.“Free File asks simple questions and it completes your tax forms for you. It ensures that you get all of the tax breaks you are supposed to,” Henrie-Brown said.According to Henrie-Brown, Free File has an accuracy rate of 99 percent as opposed to paper returns that have an 80 percent accuracy rate.Students who file on Free File also receive an acknowledgment of receipt 48 hours after the IRS receives the forms.But even with Free File and e-file and the IRS instructions, some students still find tax preparers helpful.“I know e-file is really quick and does it for free, but I’m just scared that I won’t get the maximum amount of money,” said David Herrera, a junior majoring in accounting. “I don’t want to risk it, so I figured I’d just pay someone $60.”Students who are worried about mistakes on their tax returns can speak with trained individuals from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program who help low- to moderate-income taxpayers.“Even I have made some mistakes but for students, books about taxes and preparers are unnecessary. The IRS site and instructions are just as good,” Griffith said.While many students seek help from tax preparers or have their parents deal with it, a few choose to file taxes on their own.Sarah Morris, a senior majoring in theatre, filed her own taxes last year to gain the experience.“I wanted to feel prepared after college,” Morris said. “My parents helped me for three years, but [tax returns are] fairly easy. It’s mainly a lot of paper trailing so it’s more tedious than difficult.”The tax process is slightly different for international students, who cannot do e-file or Free File at the federal level but can do e-file or Free File for the state level unless they had income exempted by a tax treaty, according to Rebecca Peterson, an international students adviser for the Office of International Services.On March 26, at 4 p.m. in room 202 of Taper Hall, the Office of International Services will host a session to help international students fill out the California tax form.Clarification: Ava Casados said she did not file an income tax return because she did not have an income last year. read more