Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for April 10, 2013:
BARONS OPENING DAY - The Birmingham Barons play their first game in their new stadium tonight. They play at Regions Field against the Mississippi Braves. The first pitch will be thrown at 7:05pm. The new Regions Field is in downtown Birmingham near Railroad Park. Tonight's game is sold out but for future tickets and more information, visit http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t247. Mickey and Mike joined us live from the new stadium.
LAST MINUTE TAX TIPS - Benita Wilson is from the IRS Office in Birmingham joined us with some last minute tax tips.
1. How can I get an extension? You'll need to complete and file Form 4868 no later than April 15 to get an extra six months to file. Remember that filing an extension doesn't give you more time to pay taxes due, it gives you more time to complete your tax return. And it allows you to avoid the late filing penalty. IRS offers free electronic extensions through the Free File program at IRS.gov.
2. If I owe taxes and can't pay the full amount, should I wait to file until I can pay in full? No. If you wait past April 15, you'll be charged a late filing penalty based on the amount you owe. Avoid that penalty by filing either your tax return or an extension form by April 15. Pay as much as you can with the return or extension to help reduce late the payment penalty and interest charges.
3. Can I set up a payment plan with the IRS? Yes. The IRS offers short-term extensions of time to pay up to 120 days, monthly payment plans, and other types of agreements. If you owe less than $50,000, you can apply online at IRS.gov using the Online Payment Agreement (OPA) application. There is no fee for the short-term agreement, and the fee for a monthly agreement is reduced if you agree to bank draft payments.
4. If I owe taxes, is there any reason for me to e-file? Yes. First, last-minute filers usually make the most mistakes, and using tax software and e-filing can greatly reduce errors. Second, e-filing offers confirmation that the IRS got your return. Plus e-filing is free for most filers through the IRS Free File program. If you're wanting to hold your payment until the last minute, you can go ahead and e-file now and authorize a payment for April 15.
5. How do I know if I even need to file? Your requirement to file depends on the type and amount of income you received in 2012. Your age and filing status also matter. Remember, too, that even if you're not legally required to file, you may want to file in order to claim a refund of taxes withheld or to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, a credit for low- to middle-income workers. Use the Interactive Tax Assistant at IRS.gov to help determine if you should file or not.
6. Where can I get help filing? Filing help is still available at many free community help sites staffed by IRS-certified volunteers. Filers whose household income was less than $51,000 or who are age 60 or older usually qualify for help at these sites. Call 1-800-906-9887 to find the hours and location of the closest help site. Do-it-yourself filers can visit www.irs.gov and use one of the IRS Free File options to prepare and file their own taxes.
Individual Tax Questions 1-800-829-1040
Business Tax Questions 1-800-829-4933
Locate Tax Help Site: 1-800-906-9887
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us from the Alabama School of Fine Arts to learn about this weekend's performances of Alabama Ballet's "Ovation". It will be in the Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre on the ASFA Campus in downtown Birmingham. Tickets range in price from $20 to $55 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets and to learn more about this production, go to alabamaballet.org. The program includes George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante and Tarantella, Jiří Kylián's Sechs Tänze (Six Dances), Michael Fothergill's Laid to Wrest, a piece especially commissioned for the Alabama Ballet, and Roger Van Fleteren's latest addition to an already impressive body of work, Romancing Rachmaninoff. Performance dates and times
Friday, April 12 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 14 - 2:30 p.m.
For tickets or more information, call (205) 322-4300 or visit http://www.alabamaballet.org
ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Cindy Pinger from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the new Dinosaur Exhibit. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
GINA ON WEIGHT LOSS - On the season finale of The Biggest Loser, Birmingham lawyer and Mom, Gina, was crowned the "at home winner," her overall weight loss was 113 pounds! Gina joins us to discuss how losing the weight at home is much harder than using the resources on the ranch, and she gives tips about how to stay motivated and the tools that helped her the most. She is working on some ideas with local Diabetes organization. She is also participating in the 2013 Heart Walk for the American Heart Association. She has a team and is trying to raise $11,300 - representing the 113 pounds she lost. The Heart Walk in Birmingham is on June 22nd. To sign up to donate to Gina's team, visit https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?msource=Gigya&ievent=1025209&supId=380384437
As a lawyer and law firm owner, 47-year-old Gina McDonald is very accomplished in her professional life and was recently voted one of her city's top bankruptcy lawyers. Getting control of her lifelong struggle with weight has proved to be a greater challenge. The Memphis, Tennessee native grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the middle child of three children and got a business degree from Northeast Louisiana University and a law degree from Birmingham School of Law in Alabama. She got to a healthy weight when she started practicing law, but she began getting heavier after a divorce in 2002 left her a single mother of two young children. Poor eating habits, lack of exercise and the stress of divorce and dealing with emotional and financial issues of clients going through tough financial times were all contributing factors. Now 245 pounds, with weight-related health issues that have included sleep apnea, high cholesterol, diabetes and hypothyroidism, Gina wants to finally become fit and healthy. She looks forward to running a marathon, playing golf with her husband, having the energy to work longer days and just enjoying life. "My whole life, I have dreamed of being fit and healthy," she says. "Now I have the courage, desire, dedication and opportunity to finally make my dream come true."
ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Mia Cowan, an obstetrician/gynecologist from Brookwood Medical Center, took viewer questions about natural and holistic options for health care and when alternative therapies may be more effective in treating certain conditions than traditional medicine. Her medical practice centers around the total patient for prevention and wellness, rather than treating individual symptoms.
GARDENING - Alabama Cooperative Extension Agent Bethany O'Rear joins us with advice on Container Gardening. She explains how to pick plants that need similar water and light to go in the same container, how to make sure the size of the plants match the size of the container, and how to know the colors so that they don't clash. You can reach her at the Extension office with your questions!
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, we take you to just down the street from the new Regions Field where we were today. We check out Railroad Park and how you can take part in the Railroad Park Neighborhood Party this weekend. Speaking of railroads... Jeh Jeh catches up with Thomas the Tank Engine and gets the scoop on how you can meet him, too! Best selling author Mary Higgins Clark joins us live with her latest book - DaddY's Gone a Hunting! We check out a DIY project in "Our House" - we show you some simple storage you can build yourself! We check in with Rob and Jeannine at Magic 96.5 for their thoughts on tonight's top 6 American Idol performances. And our Pet of the Week joins us in the studio! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!