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Recognizing a Fellow and a National Night Out

Elmont's Young earns Fellow designation

Livingstone Young, E.A., of Elmont, has earned Fellow designation from the National Association of Enrolled Agents for completing all three levels of the National Tax Practice Institute on Aug. 11. With this designation, Young has proven his dedication to protecting taxpayer rights and attests to his expertise in tax. 

Enrolled agents, who are awarded the E.A. designation, are independent, federally-authorized tax practitioners who demonstrated a high level of technical competence in tax, licensed to practice by the Internal Revenue Service. They are the only authorized tax practitioners with unlimited rights of representation before the IRS. They advise and represent taxpayers whom the IRS examines, for example, those who are unable to pay taxes or are trying to avoid or recover penalties. Their role is also to prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts and any other entities with tax-reporting requirements. Unlike tax attorneys and CPAs, who may or may not choose to specialize in taxation, they specialize in taxation. Enrolled agents are considered tax experts throughout America. They're required by the federal government to maintain their skills with continuing professional

education.

While earning the EA license allows them the right to represent taxpayers, the Fellows have made the commitment to a higher level of knowledge and excellence, which also distinguishes them, as the course is open only to enrolled agents, Certified Public Accountants and tax attorneys. This licensing program was developed to prepare representatives to protect their clients' rights by disseminating the most recent information about IRS laws and procedures critical

to representation.

Institute Fellows must successfully complete a rigorous three-part curriculum that prepares them to effectively represent their clients before all administrative levels of the Internal Revenue Service. They successfully complete coursework covering all variances of examinations, audits, collections and appeals, and employ best practices and role-playing as part of their instruction. All successful Fellows must know the entire process, from both the client and IRS perspective. 

Young is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) and the New York Society of Enrolled Agents (NYSSEA). 

Franklin Square and Elmont residents came out for National Night Out

Acting Police Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder and County Executive Edward P. Mangano worked with the Nassau County Police Department to participate in the "34th Annual National Night Out," a crime/drug prevention event on Aug. 1 this year.

According to Ryder, National Night Out is designed to:

Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;

Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;

Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships

Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The Fifth Precinct was host to two separate NNO events. One was held in Valley Stream, at the Green Acres Mall in the southeast parking field, from 6 to 9 p.m. The other was held on Fifth Precinct property, sponsored by the Elmont Civics Associations, in the back parking lot at 1655 Dutch Broadway, in Elmont, also from 6 to 9 p.m. Both sites offered arts and crafts for the children, raffles, community organization booths, food and refreshments, entertainment and an opportunity to meet and speak with Fifth Precinct officers. 

Community advisor for the Fifth Precinct, Hesham Khafaga, said NNO was important to disperse the "history of 'dislike'" between some citizens and police departments in almost every part of the country. 

"Events like these ensure the public understand the role of police officers and they are there to help, serve and protect the public," he said. "Being up close and personal with officers in non-emergency is bonding and it sends a broad message that the police departments and the public stand united against crimes."