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· W2’s from each job

· Interest and dividends received, even if you did not receive a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV, or you reinvested them

· Refunds from State and/or local agencies

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At the beginning of the year, AccounTax sends out organizers to our clients with items to bring based on the prior year’s return. If you would like an organizer, please contact our office by phone.

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PRESTIGE CARE RIVERWOOD - Kara TobeyExercise and physical activity are important for everyone, including older adults.

No matter your health and physical abilities, you gain a lot by staying active. In fact, in most cases you have more to lose by not being active.

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WOODLAND HEIGHTS - Linda ElderIt’s been talked about before between you and your family.

”Maybe someday we should think about Assisted Living. There’d be no meals to cook or shop for, no dishes to wash, no cleaning and vacuuming, and people around every day to talk with or help you with tasks that are getting harder.”

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Tigard, OR 97224


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ACCOUNTAX OF OREGON - Annette SaarinenWith the end of the year fast approaching, it’s time to think about deductions!

Are you self-employed?

Last month, we covered three categories of business deductions for self-employed persons: auto expenses, meals and entertainment and travel:

This time, let’s look at deductions for having an office in your home.

An office in your home MUST be used regularly and exclusively for business. The deduction, Safe Harbor, requires measuring the square feet of the office portion against the total square foot of the home.

Indirect expenses such as rent, utilities, insurance, deductible mortgage interest, and property tax can be deducted at the business-use percentage rate.

The Safe Harbor deduction calculation is $5 per square foot of office space, limit 300 square feet. This usually isn’t as much as the actual costs, but it does save some taxpayer time in gathering the information.

As far as deductions for your personal taxes, don’t forget to clean out your closets, attic and basement of items you no longer use.

Keep a list of what was given with Fair Market Value. Make sure it is an approved charitable organization. Keep each receipt of donation and list for us to review.

Oregon Department of Justice is not allowing charitable deductions to organizations which haven’t fulfilled their charitable goals. To find your desired charity, check

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at AccounTax!

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Tigard, OR 97223


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BEEBE CHIROPRACTIC - Dr. Daniel Beebe“At this clinic, we measure – we don’t guess,” says Dr. Daniel Beebe, of Beebe Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Tigard.

Prior to treatment, for example, patients receive a thermal scan and an electrical scan (also called surface EMG) to see if muscles are pulling and which way they’re going, says Beebe. “The scans can tell us how to proceed with treatment. Later, we can rescan to see if you’re improving and if not, make adjustments to the treatment.”

Though the equipment for the scans is available to any practitioner, “it’s expensive and it takes experience to use it,” says Beebe.

Beebe also does a complete blood-chemistry panel.

“Here in the Northwest, we see a lot of low Vitamin D, anemia, liver problems and heart problems,” says Beebe. “It’s just a real good screen for general body conditions.”

“Patients may come in and say ‘I’m really fatigued all the time.’ We’ve even seen cases where they were bleeding internally, but just didn’t know. Others will come in with an autoimmune condition, such as Hashimoto’s Disease.”

“I test for gluten and other sensitivities. With people who have gluten sensitivities, it can affect a woman’s thyroid — which is a surprise to many.”

Women with gluten sensitivities suffer thyroid problems as a ratio of 23 to 1 compared to men.

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13500 SW 72nd Ave.

Tigard, Oregon 97223


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PMG PHOTO: ANTHONY MACUK - Lake Oswego business owner Kevin Kerwin stands outside his downtown computer repair shop, where a sign in the window advertises a 'March 4 Trump' rally planned for March 4. Kerwin has a history of posting signs in the window of his store that convey provocative messages with anti-liberal themes.
February 27, 2017

Controversial business owner withdraws from 'March 4 Trump' in Lake Oswego

by Anthony Macuk
Kevin 'The Geek' Kerwin says organizers asked him to 'settle down' after media coverage of inflammatory posts on social media.
February 27, 2017

Meeting set for Tualatin Post Office relocation

by The Times
The U.S. Postal Service says the current facility on 90th Avenue is too large for its current needs.
COURTESY OF MATTRESS FIRM - A participant at a past Pajama Bowl for Foster Kids slings a bowling ball at Big Al's.
February 27, 2017

Big Al's to host Mattress Firm Pajama Bowl for Foster Kids

by Pamplin Media Group
Teams are asked to raise at least $250 each, as organizers hope to break last year's fundraising total to benefit foster children.

PHOTO COURTESY OF REP. BONAMICI'S OFFICE - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici with PCC President Miark Mitsui.
February 26, 2017

PCC president to hear Trump at joint session of Congress

by The Times
Congresswoman Bonamici invited Mark Mitsui to Tuesday's speech in Washington.
HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Getting PCC's Rock Creek campus built was a major challenge, but the campus now serves more than 20,000 students. The campus celebrates 40 years in Washington County this year.
February 25, 2017

PCC Rock Creek celebrates 40 years

by Geoff Pursinger
The Washington County Museum on the campus unveiled a new exhibit chronicling Rock Creek's history.
FILE - Debi Mollahan, chief executive officer of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, is encouraging community members to nominate deserving people and businesses for the annual Shining Stars awards.
February 25, 2017

Shining Stars nominations accepted through Friday

by The Times
The 43rd Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Celebration is scheduled for April 28. The event honors community volunteers and outstanding members of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce.
Sean Spaulding.
February 24, 2017

Beaverton man indicted on sex abuse, coercion charges

by The Times
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says Sean Spaulding 'tricked' a girl into sending him nude photos and tried to blackmail a Tigard woman for explicit pictures.
PHOTO BY JAIME VALDEZ - An investigator examines the house where Beaverton Police this morning shot and killed an armed man, across the street from Beaver Acres Elementary School.
February 24, 2017

Officers identified after man shot on roof in Beaverton

by The Times
Under long-standing protocol, both officers have been placed on paid leave.
THE TIMES: MANDY FEDER-SAWYER - Helen Winberg was a celebrity guest during the distribution of portable AEDs at the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Aloha station on Valentines Day. She is pictured here with TVF&R Chief Michael Duyck.
February 24, 2017

TVF&R first in nation to equip off-duty firefighters to respond to in-home heart attacks

by Mandy Feder-Sawyer and Mark Miller
Verified Responder launched on Valentine's Day, and already, almost 300 firefighters have signed up to participate.
COURTESY OF DELTA KAPPA GAMMA - Marc Silverman, who teaches music at Durham Elementary School, poses with a samba drum.
February 24, 2017

Educators' nonprofit awards $1,700 to local teachers

by The Times
The Beta Beta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma said it gave mini-grants to seven music and arts teachers in the Sherwood and Tigard-Tualatin school districts.
February 23, 2017

Police arrest woman believed to have struck hydrant, releasing $520 worth of water

by Ray Pitz
Jessica Lynn Burgess is believed responsible for hitting a hydrant on Century Drive on Feb. 5, releasing almost 3,000 gallons in 30 minutes
Deputy E.U. Ambassador Caroline Visini
February 23, 2017

European Union diplomat to speak at Nordia House

by The Times
Caroline Vicini will discuss the state of the relationship between the United States and the European Union.
More than two dozen local 'March 4 Trump' events, including one in Lake Oswego, are planned in support of a March 4 gathering on the Capital Mall in Washington, D.C.
February 22, 2017

Lake Oswego business owner plans 'March 4 Trump'

by Anthony Macuk
Kevin Kerwin's event is part of a nationwide series of pro-Trump rallies scheduled for March 4
TRIBUNE PHOTO: PETER WONG - TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane speaks Monday, Feb. 20, at the Washington County Public Affairs Forum about the future of transportation in the Portland area.
February 23, 2017

Three of four top priorities identified by TriMet GM affect Washington County

by Peter Wong
The public transit agency is pushing not only for construction of a light rail line in the Southwest Corridor, but also for three regional freeway projects.
COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TUALATIN - A map of the Basalt Creek area shows where the jurisdictional boundary between Tualatin and Wilsonville, represented by a dotted line, is expected to eventually run. The "central subarea" is the part of the map immediately south of a notch in Tualatin's city limits, with medium-low residential zoning shown in yellow at the top and manufacturing park zoning shown in blue across the rest of it. The Tualatin City Council directed staff last week to change that blue zoning in the subarea to yellow for residential, leaving the rest of its industrial park area alone.
February 23, 2017

Tualatin's Basalt Creek move creates tension with partners

by Mark Miller
Wilsonville officials are unhappy with last week's change to Tualatin's side of the map, according to Tualatin's city manager.
February 23, 2017

Tigard/Tualatin Police Log: Feb. 14-20

by The Times
This week's calls include: a theft of a security camera system that was itself caught on camera, an outdoor boxing match between teenagers and a broken window at a glass house.
GAZETTE FILE PHOTO - Sherwood will not pursue the possibility of a contract with the Washington County Sheriffs Department to provide night patrols between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m.
February 22, 2017

City pulls plug on possible night sheriff patrol contract

by Ray Pitz
The proposal had been put forward in a feasability study released last year but never gained traction
SUBMITTED - James Tylka, left, shot and killed his wife, Katelynn, right, on Dec. 25, 2016. On Wednesday, the Washington County District Attorney's office ruled that officers were justified when they shot him 21 times, killing him.
February 22, 2017

DA rules officers justified in fatally shooting suspect in Christmas shooting

by Geoff Pursinger
Five officers shot James Tylka 21 times on Christmas night, district attorney's office said.
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The directors for Tigard High's "A Festival of One-Acts" are seniors Elizabeth Schweitz, top left, Kendal Otness, Ben Caldwell and Rachel Gering. Sitting in front are some of their actors, Alexys Grogh, senior, PJ Doolin, junior, Jacob Resnikoff, junior, and Austin Dean, junior.
February 22, 2017

Tigard High seniors are in the director's chair for weekend production

by Mark Miller
Student-directed one-act plays will be showing at Deb Fennell Auditorium, beginning Thursday.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - A potentially deadly parasite has been found nine times in the Bull Run reservoir.
February 21, 2017

Tualatin Valley Water District impacted by parasite findings in Bull Run reservoir

by Jim Redden
Regional water providers back Portland's decision to switch to reserve supplies until more is known about a possibly deadly parasite found in Portland water.
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Nathaniel Chappelle looks at a squid before dissecting it during an 'OMSI in the Classroom' event for MITCH Charter School sixth-graders this month.
February 20, 2017

Sixth-graders meet sea creatures in OMSI workshop

by Mark Miller
MITCH Charter School brought an outreach educator from the Portland museum into the classroom to lead a squid dissection.
COURTESY OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION - Bottle deposits in Oregon will double to 10 cents on April 1. Under a bill proposed in the Legislature, even cans for which only a 5-cent deposit was paid can be redeemed for the full 10 cents until Sept. 1, 2018.
February 18, 2017

Oregonians could see bottle deposit windfall under bill

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The state's bottle and can deposit will double to a dime April 1.
COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - A hydrograph shows the Tualatin River slightly above its minor flood stage at the Farmington gauge, upstream from Tualatin, as of Friday morning.
February 17, 2017

Deja vu? Another flooding Friday for the Tualatin River at Farmington

by The Times
The river crested above flood stage last weekend. At the minor flood stage, the National Weather Service says some low-lying roads in the Farmington and Tualatin areas may see high water.
COURTESY OF THE HOME BUILDERS FOUNDATION - The multipurpose room at the Good Neighbor Center in Tigard is used for both storage and children's education programs.
February 17, 2017

Expansion in the works for Tigard homeless center

by Mark Miller
The Good Neighbor Center is adding more space for children's programming.
February 16, 2017

Two dead in Bull Mountain home in suspected suicide pact

by Mark Miller and Dana Haynes
UPDATE: Investigators believe Leonard J. Foster shot partner Lisa R. Malone and then turned the gun on himself, after both were reported to Tualatin police as suspected embezzlers.

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PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland has switched its water source from the Bull Run reservoir to groundwater wells along the Columbia River.
Feb 16, 2017

Portland switching water source after potentially deadly…

by Jim Redden
Portions of Beaverton and Tigard receive drinking water from Bull Run.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Emily Salisbury, associate professor of criminal justice at University of Nevada Las Vegas and editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior, speaks about women in the criminal justice system at the Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit at the Salem Convention Center Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
Feb 16, 2017

Women's prison focus of state summit, legislative session

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Researcher tells Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit women offenders should be treated differently in effort to downsize state's prison population.
COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - A hydrograph shows the Tualatin River rising back above its minor flood stage in Farmington on Friday.
Feb 16, 2017

Tualatin River expected to flood in Farmington again

by The Times
High water is prompting some road closures in Washington County Thursday.
Feb 16, 2017

Tigard/Tualatin Police Log: Feb. 7-13

by The Times
This week's calls include: an aggressive dog stuck under a gate, an attempted shoplift foiled by heavy merchandise and an altercation at a senior living facility.
COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TUALATIN - A map included in the Mackenzie analysis shows a proposed layout that would yield about 315,000 square feet of building space in the 63-acre "central subarea" of the larger Basalt Creek area, if it were developed for industrial use.
Feb 15, 2017

Defying county, Tualatin marks Basalt Creek subarea for…

by Mark Miller
Mayor Lou Ogden and city councilors said the area immediately south of Victoria Gardens does not lend itself to industrial development due to its rugged topography.
COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - The Tualatin River crested at about 113.5 feet above sea level at the Tualatin gauge, well shy of the 118-foot mark at which the National Weather Service considers it to be flooding, early Monday. The river did reach its minor flood stage upstream in Farmington.
Feb 15, 2017

Nyberg Lane reopens to traffic after closure

by Mark Miller
The Tualatin River is receding and the low-lying road is mostly clear of water, Tualatin's public works director reported.
SUBMITTED - Katelynn Armand-Tylka
Feb 14, 2017

New DA's office report describes Christmas Day slaying

by Geoff Pursinger
Washington County prosecutors have released new details in the King City shooting that injured North Plains police officer and left a Beaverton woman dead
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Tualatin Police Officer Shawn Fischer visits with Marquis Tualatin Assisted Living residents Betty Charters, left, and Dorothy Shelton during a Valentine's Day ball at the retirement facility.
Feb 14, 2017

Tualatin police dance, chat with senior citizens at Valentine's…

by Mark Miller
The police chief and others came to Marquis Tualatin Assisted Living for a holiday ball.
Efrain Sanchez-Diaz.
Feb 14, 2017

Man convicted, sentenced to life in prison for 1999 murder in…

by Mark Miller
Efrain Sanchez-Diaz was extradited by Mexico last year to stand trial for the stabbing death of a woman outside Burger King.
COURTESY OF TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE - Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue's hazardous materials team responded to reports of a possible toxic exposure at Lam Research in Tualatin early Tuesday morning. Investigators quickly determined there had been no exposure, the agency said.
Feb 14, 2017

TVF&R commends Lam Research for response to exposure concerns

by The Times
Investigators found no sign of a toxic release at the Tualatin high-tech manufacturing facility.
TIMES PHOTO: ADAM WICKHAM - Dr. Chris Nanson demonstrates the Mako robotic arm during a dry run of the total knee replacement surgery Tigard resident Jack Swartwood underwent last month.
Feb 14, 2017

Tigard man first in Oregon to undergo new type of knee…

by Mark Miller
Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin is now using a robot to assist in total knee replacement surgeries.
COURTESY OF THE CITY OF TUALATIN - High water atop Nyberg Lane at Browns Ferry Park in east Tualatin has the road closed as of Monday morning. The closure could last until mid-week, according to Tualatin Public Works Director Jerry Postema.
Feb 13, 2017

Nyberg Lane closed as Tualatin River runs high in Tualatin

by Mark Miller
The road is restricted due to high water in front of Browns Ferry Park and the Stafford Hills Club, according to Tualatin's public works director.
FILE - Tigard Police Officer Kristan Renell speaks with community members during a 'Coffee with a Cop' outreach event last year at Well & Good Coffee House.
Feb 12, 2017

Ever wanted to be a police officer? Tigard holding open house

by Mark Miller
This is the first time that the Tigard Police Department has had an event like this, according to a police spokesman.
PHOTO BY DANA HAYNES - Speaker of the House Tina Kotek listens to a constituent as an estimated 500 people crowded into the College Center at PCC's Sylvania Campus.
Feb 11, 2017

Crowds fill PCC Sylvania to address Legislature's budget-writers

by Dana Haynes
Lawmakers face a $1.8 billion shortfall and are touring the state, seeking to hear from as many Oregonians as possible
COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - The Tualatin River defied earlier predictions and rose above its minor flood stage in Farmington Friday night, a hydrograph produced by the National Weather Service shows.
Feb 10, 2017

Tualatin River flooding in Farmington area Friday night

by The Times
UPDATE: The National Weather Service's readings indicate the Tualatin River is above flood level and continuing to rise upstream from Tualatin.
TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Second-grader Celina Vu plays the ukulele during music class at Alberta Rider Elementary School.
Feb 10, 2017

Alberta Rider music class filled with the sound of ukuleles

by Mark Miller
The elementary school's Parent Support Organization recently put up almost $2,000 to enable music teacher Emily Kelchner Lee to purchase a full classroom set of the stringed instruments for her…
FILE PHOTO BY JAIME VALDEZ - Children in Oregon receive vaccinations for a wide array of childhood illnesses. The deadline for vaccinations is coming up next week.
Feb 09, 2017

Immunization 'exclusion day' is Wednesday

by Dana Haynes
Washington County's immunization rates are high, according to Matthew Town, public health program supervisor.
COURTESY PHOTO: MICHAEL DURHAM/OREGON ZOO - Packy, the Oregon Zoo's 54-year-old Asian elephant, was euthanized Thursday, Feb. 9, after battling a strain of drug-resistant TB.
Feb 09, 2017

Beloved Asian elephant Packy dies at Oregon Zoo

by Pamplin Media Group
Oregon Zoo officials said the decision to euthanize Packy came following a lengthy search for alternative treatment options after test results last fall indicated the elephant was suffering from…
FILE PHOTO BY JAIME VALDEZ - One of last year's Amazing Kids honorees, along with Trail Blazer great Terry Porter and Mark Garber of Pamplin Media Group.
Feb 09, 2017

Do you know an Amazing Kid?

by The Times
Pamplin Media Group now seeking submissions for its regional contest.
Feb 09, 2017

School districts prepare for immigration questions

by Geoff Pursinger and Dana Haynes
Policies of Trump administration have educators seeking clarification on rules.
Feb 09, 2017

Meeting set Feb. 23 on Stafford status

by Peter Wong
No action planned, but staff will explain next steps in Clackamas County's effort to resolve the long-standing question about urban reserves open to future development.
PHOTO BY ELLEN SPITALERI - Amber Duncan will be featured in a multi-page spread in the March issue of Woman's Day; she was chosen as one of five women to participate in the Live Longer & Stronger Challenge.
Feb 09, 2017

Durham Elementary School educator named magazine's 'Health Hero'

by Ellen Spitaleri
Amber Duncan read about the event in Woman's Day magazine, filled out the application, and was chosen as one of the winners in a nationwide search.
COURTESY OF THE GARY SINISE FOUNDATION - Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Wade Mitcheltree, second from left, poses with wife Katie and sons Joseph, 14, and Ethan, 11, with a rendering of the house being built for them in Tigard at a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 11.
Feb 09, 2017

Foundation building 'smart home' for triple-amputee veteran and…

by Mark Miller
Sgt. Wade Mitcheltree lost both his legs and his right hand to a blast near Kandahar.
COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE - A hydrograph shows the Tualatin River at the Farmington gauge has climbed above its action stage of 28 feet and is projected to continue rising before it crests about a foot and a half below its minor flood stage.
Feb 09, 2017

Tualatin River reaches action stage in Farmington

by Mark Miller
The river climbed Thursday afternoon above the 28-foot mark, although still below the point at which it is considered to be flooding, just upstream from Tualatin.
Feb 09, 2017

Tigard/Tualatin Police Log: Jan. 31-Feb. 6

by The Times
This week's calls include: a serial number-free gun reported stolen, neighbor dogs killing chickens and a ruined caseful of donuts.