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Representatives from the U.S. Treasury Department and the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) will make presentations during a meeting of the Queens Borough Cabinet, chaired by Borough President Katz, on Tuesday, March 13, at 9:30 am at Queens Borough Hall.
The Treasury Department presentation will offer tips on how residents can avoid being victimized by scammers who pose as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees. These scammers contact individuals by phone and other means and use scare tactics to demand that people make immediate payment on back takes they supposedly owe. The presentation will note that the IRS initiates most contacts with taxpayers through regular mail and will mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. The IRS will also never demand that someone pay anything without first having the opportunity to question or appeal the amount said to be owed.
The SBS presentation will focus on some of the Department’s programs that promote the growth of small businesses in the City. One initiative to be discussed is WE NYC, a program that helps women start and grow their own businesses by connecting women entrepreneurs with learning opportunities and mentors and with sources of funding and credit. Also on the agenda for discussion is the Department’s Commercial Lease Assistance Program, which helps business tenants handle lease negotiations, landlord issues, lease renewals and eviction notices.
WHAT: Queens Borough Cabinet to Hear Presentations on Combating Tax Scams and on Programs That Aid Local Entrepreneurs
WHERE: Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens
MELINDA KATZ, Queens Borough President
Members of the QUEENS BOROUGH CABINET
MATTHEW McWHIRR, Special Agent with the Inspector General for Tax Administration, United States Department of the Treasury
ALEXANDRA RUIZ, Executive Director, Business Development & Strategy, New York City Department of Small Business Services
The Borough Cabinet is chaired by the Borough President under the New York City Charter and is comprised of the District Managers of each Community Board in the Borough and representatives from city agencies. It focuses on city service delivery and agency responsiveness across the borough and hears presentations on these issues from City officials and others.