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Small business workshops in Flint

FLINT — Two Small Business Workshops will be presented at the Mott Community College Regional Technology Center Building (RTC) on March 26.

“Starting a Business” to be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Class Description and online registration: clients. sbdcmichigan.org/workshop.aspx- ?ekey=60390006.

“Writing a Business Plan” to be held from 12-2 p.m. Class Description and online registration: clients. sbdcmichigan.org/workshop.aspx- ?ekey=60390027.

Co-sponsored by VetBiz Central (www.vetbizcentral.org), these workshops are presented by the I-69 Trade Corridor Region of the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) located at Kettering University.

The regional office is part of a statewide organization funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration, providing no cost counseling, training, information based planning assistance, and resources for any new ventures, existing and growing businesses, and innovative technology ventures.

Details: Visit www.sbdcmichigan.org or call 810-762-9660. — G.G.

Treasury protecting taxpayers from losing refunds

LANSING — Some Michigan taxpayers who file a state income tax return may receive a letter from the Michigan Department of Treasury asking for more information to confirm their identity.

The letters are a result of the state Treasury Department’s efforts to protect individuals from cybercriminals, who attempt to file state income tax returns on behalf of unsuspecting taxpayers and steal refunds. After a taxpayer confirms his or her identity by taking a short online quiz or submitting paperwork, the tax refund will be issued in about a month.

A phone option is available as an alternative to the online quiz.

“If you receive one of these letters, please follow the instructions carefully,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, who oversees Treasury’s Tax Administration programs.

Reporting identity theft helps thwart cybercriminals who attempt to file returns and steal state tax refunds.

Since 2016, the state Treasury Department’s increased security measures protected more than 4,500 taxpayers who confirmed their identity was stolen and used to request state of Michigan income tax refunds. This prevented more than $19 million from being distributed to scammers.

To learn more about identity theft, go to www.michigan.gov/identitytheft. For more information about state income taxes, go to www.michigan.gov/incometax. G.G.

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