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Biz Buzz: Pediatric office opening new location in Ammon

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Construction underway for new pediatrics office on Eagle Drive next to Modern Home in Ammon | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

Do you want to know what’s happening on the eastern Idaho business scene? We’ve got you covered.

Here is a rundown of this week’s business news across the valley.

BIZ BRIEF

AMMON

New pediatric office going in next to Modern Home in Ammon

Future site of new Idaho Falls Pediatrics building in Ammon | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

AMMON – You might have noticed a new development going in on Eagle Drive next to Modern Home in Ammon.

Idaho Falls Pediatrics recently bought the property to build a new office.

City Administrator Micah Austin tells EastIdahoNews.com they’re planning to close their office in Idaho Falls once the Ammon location is complete.

“We’re happy to have them. We just wish they’d change the name of their business,” Austin jokes.

The building will be much bigger than their current location at 1645 Pancheri Drive in Idaho Falls. The clinic plans on keeping the Idaho Falls location open as well.

“It’s (going to be) a very different building than what they currently have. The design looks like a castle,” says Austin. “When you were a kid, wouldn’t you have loved to go to a castle when you went to the doctor? That looks like a blast to me.”

We reached out to Idaho Falls Pediatrics for more information about the project. They were unavailable to comment, but they posted this on Facebook earlier today:

Austin says the project is slated for completion this summer. We are planning a follow-up and will post more information when it is available.

BIZ BITS

Bring your dog to smooch a pooch at local animal shelter

POCATELLO – The pups at the Pocatello Animal Shelter are looking to give a little love in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the staff of Pocatello Animal Services will host a dog-kissing booth. People are invited to stop by the shelter and get their picture taken while smooching with one of the shelter’s dogs or with their own dog. Click here for more information.

Blackfoot launches new city website

BLACKFOOT – The City of Blackfoot launched a new web site Wednesday that provides additional features and benefits to users. The new site, developed by CivicPlus in Manhattan, Kansas, allows individuals to create a login for the site, or use their Facebook profile to access MyAccount. Once logged in, visitors can choose the modules, features and keywords that they would like to see most often, including calendars, news items and emergency alerts. Users are also able to save favorite pages within MyAccount, making information that is important to them easier to find. Click here to visit the new website.

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

IDAHO FALLS

Local boxing club offers youth, adults opportunity to train like an Olympic athlete

IDAHO FALLS – Two competitors get into the ring. Their hearts are pounding, and the crowd is pumped. When the bell rings, they stand with fists close to their face, ready to block the oncoming jabs of their competitor.

This is a scene you may recognize from movies like “Creed” or “Cinderella Man.” But it’s also something you’d see in Idaho Falls at Razor’s Edge Boxing Club.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY.

BIZ BUGS

IRS SCAM

How to beat the scammers this tax season

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The following is a news release from the Better Business Bureau.

It’s that time of year for many, gathering your documents, putting them in order and filing your taxes. But a phone call from an alleged “IRS agent” telling you that you owe back taxes, or your information is wrong can really throw you for a loop.

These scam calls often threaten if the consumer doesn’t comply, they could face arrest and fines. In another version, scammers claim they are issuing tax refunds and ask for personal information to send the refund.

These imposters often go to great lengths to appear real. These imposters may give a fake badge number and name. Caller ID may make the call appear to be coming from Washington, D.C. These callers sometimes even follow up with an email, using the IRS logo, colors, and official-sounding language. In many instances, these scams start with a serious and official sounding “robocall” recording.

Tips to spot this scam: 
 
Pressure to Act. Scammers typically try to push consumers action before they have time to think. The IRS always gives consumers the chance to ask questions or appeal what’s owed. Also, the first contact will always be by mail, not phone or email. 


Non-traditional payments. The scammers will insist that payments be made by wire transfer, prepaid debit card, or other non-traditional payment methods. These methods are largely untraceable and non-reversible. The IRS will never demand immediate payment, require a specific form of payment, or ask for credit card or debit card numbers over the phone.

As W2s start arriving in the mail, stay alert and follow these safe tax tips:

  • Hire a BBB-accredited tax preparer.
  • Shred all documents with personal information before throwing them away.
  • Electronically send in your taxes or personally deliver your tax information to the post office.
  • Avoid giving out your Social Security number.

If the IRS is reaching out to you, it will be by postal mail, not by phone, email or social media. 

For more information about these possible cons or how to recognize them go to bbb.org.

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