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Page 14---JOURNAL OPINION--September 7, 2016 i' - vendors settle over tax prep issues MONTPELIER--Several tax software vendors have made payments to the state of Vermont to remedy unusually high error rates in some tax returns completed using their commercial tax preparation software. The Vermont Department of Taxes announced'0n Sept. 1 that Liberty Tax Service, Lamson Tech/1040NOW, CCH Small Firm Ser ice ,:intuit and H&R Block were making payments. Taxpayers whose 2015 returns were impacted by certain commercial vendor software issues related to itemized deductions will not be required to pay any additional tax. The department stopped processing any such amendmentsafter June 29 and has refunded any payments received prior to that date. In April, it was determined that several tax preparation software products did not automatically prompt or route users with itemized deductions to submit the IN-155 form, which calculated new statutory limitations for certain deductions. As a result, certain taxpayers underpaid their 2015 taxes. The erroneous software products have all been changed so that users are now automatically prompted or routed to the form. Truck hits camper on 1-91 THETFORD--A tractor trailer-sideswiped a camping trailer parked on the shoulder of I-91, leading to vehicle damages, but nobody was injured in the incident. On Aug. 31 at 1:49 p.m., Trooper Charles Schulze responded to the accident site in the southbound lane of I-91 in Thetford. According to the press release, Oswaldo Martini, 62, of Branford, Connecticut, was driving south in a 2015 International tractor trailer. A 2013 Chevrolet Silverado towing a fifth wheel camper was parked along the west side shoulder of the road because a tire on the trailer had gone flat. For some unknown reason, Martini' s truck drifted along into the road shoulder, sideswiping the left side of the pickup truck and trailer parked on the side of the road. After hitting the parked vehicles, the tractor-trailer stopped a short distance ahead along an embankment. Martini, who had been wearing a seatbelt, was not injured. Luckily, the people who had been in the pickup truck were sitting away from the vehicle when the collision occurred and they were not injured. The tractor-trailer was moderately damaged along the right side and a fuel tank ruptured. The camper was extensively damaged and considered to be a total loss. The Silverado had moderate damage on the left side. The travel lane was closed for a few hours while crews removed the vehicles and cleaned debris from the road. A crew from Clean Harbor Environmental Services subsequently arrived to assess the spill of diesel fuel. Martini received a civil violation complaint for driving on a part of the road that was not meant to be a traffic lane. Members of the Thetford fire and police departments, Upper Valley Ambulance, Agency of Transportation, a Vermont Department of Motor Vehicle inspector and Sabil and Sons wrecker service also responded. Asian clam found in VT MONTPELIER--State officials recently discovered the presence of an invasive clam species in Lake Bomoseen. The Asian clam has been documented in surrounding regions, but had not yet appeared in Vermont until now. Asian clams, like zebra mussels, are filter feeding organisms that can increase algae blooms and deplete resources needed by native species. They can also form dense .popula- tions clogging intake pipes to lakeside homes, industrial water systems and irrigation canals. Researchers say that because of the size and number of adult clams in the affected area, it is likely they have been in the lake for more than a year. No Asian clams were found at any of the other public access areas or beaches surveyed outside this area. Like most aquatic invaders, Asian clamscanbetransportedfromonebody and Wildlife's conservation camp ofwatertoanotherviasmallamountsof on Lake Bomoseen shows some waterorsediment.Boaters, anglers, and invasive Asian clams, which were other lake users should always clean, found in a remote area of the lake drainanddrytheirequipmcntagteruseto near the camp. eosure that unwante0, species like AsianCOURTESY PHOTO clams, are not spread ifito other bodies otwater. ay was for the Wells River festival held on Railroad and Main street with tons of people enjoying all the offerings from vendors. Pictured here (top, left to right) is a smattering of vendors: In front of Wells River Savings Bank, shoppers browse wooden crafts, candles, homemade crafts; a young- ster keeps busy with an RC buggy; local author Richard Hovey shares hissnowrolling book; placing at the Giant Zucchini Contest were the Kendall kids, (left to right) Elliott, Casey and Ainsley posing with one of the judges. Pictured bottom row, left to right: two dogs at the festival scoped out a strange, "stuffed" black labrador at the Jane Kitchel and Chip Conquest booth; and the spot next to Happy Hour Restaurant was filled by a jewelry vendor, Wisdom Stoves of Groton, Little Rivers Health Care booth and other vendors, JO PHOTOS BY MICHELLE SHERBURNE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL--Braiden Wyman steps off the bus during the first day of school at Woodsville Elementary School on Aug, 31. All of the area schools are back in session, JO PHOTO BY LORIE-ANN NOYES Privately Sited Located at the end of a scenic country road describes this beautiful setting consisting of 145+/- acres with pastoral and hillside views. LYME. NH I $995,000 1 MLS#4473687 PENNY LOSCHIAVO 1 802.333.3147 Expanded Cape Custom Cape with farmers porch, hardwood floors, stainless steel kitchen counters, built-ins, fireplace and post and beam garden house. 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