Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ups and Downs of American Finance, 1861-1938

FRASER, the Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research, has created a graphic presentation of American financial history 1861-1938. Available files include an index by subject and by year, topics of interest, and a slideshow for the years 1861-1935.  Also on the site is a link to the related publication, Business Booms and Depressions since 1775.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland has added forty new titles to its Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights project. The  latest additions include hearings and reports from 15 states plus material specific to the area surrounding Baltimore.

In a partnership with the United States Government Printing Office and the United States Commission on Civil Rights, the law library also added reports received directly from the Civil Rights Commission including:
The site provides access by title, subject, date of publication and Superintendent of Documents number.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Widgets for Accesssing News about Congressional Bills

Votetocracy, a Web site that allows people to vote on bills before Congress, is now providing widgets to enable bloggers and Web site owners to show bills currently in Congress. Widgets are available for the following categories: economy, education, environment, health care, technology, war and military, and latest votes in Congress.
Here's what the latest votes in Congress widget looks like:

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

IRS Taxpayer Assistance Open House

On Saturday, June 5, 2010 approximately two hundred IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers across the U.S. will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to help individual taxpayers with questions about notices and payments, return preparation, and a variety of other tax issues. To find the location nearest you, access the list of Taxpaper Assistant Centers. In Houston the NW, SE, and SW offices will participate. On an email notification the downtown office was not listed as a participant in Saturday's event.

The IRS is also partnering with other organizations to assist taxpayers. In Houston the Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication Office (SPEC) is located at:
Internal Revenue Service
8701 S. Gesner, Stop 6610-Hal
Houston, TX 77074

For Houston, Taxpayer Advocate Service is available at 713-209-3660.

Caution: Many IRS offices are located in Federal Office Buildings which may NOT allow visitors to bring in cell phones with camera capabilities.

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