IRS Adds QR Codes To Tax Bills

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is adding barcode technology to its tax notices.

Starting this month, the IRS will add QR codes to certain tax notices. QR stands for quick response, since the code can convey a lot of information to your smartphone in a short period of time. It’s similar to a barcode but can transfer more information, including internet addresses.

QR codes are a combination of pixels. Each piece of the code conveys specific information – the combination can generate a lot of information. To read the information, you scan the QR Code with a smartphone.

The IRS is using the technology to allow taxpayers to scan codes on two particular notices, the CP14 or CP14 IA, with their smartphone and go directly to IRS.gov. From there, taxpayers can securely access their account, set up a payment plan or contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service. 

A CP14 notice

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House Passes Bills to Boost Emerging Tech and Shore Up Cybersecurity of Electric Sector

A batch of bills aimed at improving the cybersecurity and reliability of the energy sector and informing the United States’ use of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and quantum computing, passed the House Tuesday and now head to the Senate for consideration. 

Here’s a rundown on what the bills do.

Grid Security Research and Development Act

With this bill, Reps. Ami Bera, D-Calif. and Randall Weber, R-Texas, propose that Congress put over $800 million within the next five years toward developing tools and resources to strengthen the cybersecurity and reliability of the electric grid. The legislation is meant to make the energy sector more resilient to cyberattacks and physical impacts associated with climate change, such as the recent wildfires on the West Coast.

It calls on the secretary of Energy to establish research and development plans working with the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and

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Build a money-generating machine that pays all your bills, become 1st Generation Rich and have fun doing it

Mark J. Migliaccio announces the release of ‘1st Generation Rich’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mark J. Migliaccio wanted to open the eyes of anyone who always wanted to start a business or invest in real estate but never knew how to get started. He wants to show that there are many more options to the daily grind and “working in a job you dislike with people you would never invite to one of your barbecues.” It is for these reasons that he writes “1st Generation Rich” (published by Archway Publishing), a book about how to build a money-generating machine that pays all your bills, become 1st Generation Rich while having fun doing it.

 

In this guide to building wealth, Migliaccio explores how to build a business that puts one in control of his/her valuable time, master the art of making money by investing in real estate

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House Science Bills on Space Weather and Election Technology Pass the House

House Science Bills on Space Weather and Election Technology Pass the House

Press Release
From: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas praised the passage of two bipartisan Committee bills today on space weather and election technology. 

S.881, the Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow Act, more commonly referred to as the PROSWIFT Act, improves our ability to monitor and forecast space weather. Space weather is generated by magnetic activity on the Sun and can affect technologies on Earth ranging from cell phone communications to GPS navigation to the electric grid. The bill includes an amendment by Lucas to create a pilot program that will ensure that emerging private sector companies have a seat at the table and will be able to provide monitoring and forecast data which
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