Affordable Care Act: Free Albuquerque Info Sessions

November 7, 2013 by  
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If you’re one of the people seeking information on the new Affordable Care Act, your choices and how the new health care act will affect you, free help is at hand!

Yes, we’ve all heard the news stories about the Affordable Care Act – or Obama Care as it’s known. For those individuals affected by the health care laws and feeling confused about their options, Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Library offers a series of free information sessions.

The ABC Library Affordable Care Act information sessions are given in partnership with New Mexico Health Connections. (Scroll down the page at the link to see them all.) Admission is free but seating is limited, so these sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming one-hour sessions on the Affordable Care Act include:

  • Friday November 8 at 2 pm: Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE
  • Saturday November 9 at 10 am: South Valley Library, 3904 Isleta SW
  • Tuesday November 12 at 1 pm: Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE
  • Thursday November 14 at 5 pm: Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE
  • Saturday November 16 at 1 pm: East Mountain Library, 1 Old Tijeras Rd., Tijeras

Others sessions are offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM at the Main Library on Copper, on various dates. More sessions may also be added at the link.

I am one of the self-employed people trying to figure out whether to stay with my existing “grandfathered”  health care plan, which costs a lot for very few benefits… unless I fall out of a plane or something equally drastic. Or whether it would be better to switch from that ‘catastrophic health insurance’ plan to a different plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov.

So far I’ve managed to get myself signed up for the site… but I can’t actually log in to see the plans available. Sigh.  However, two of my friends who could not afford any health insurance at all before HAVE successfully navigated the site, and they are delighted with the good value plans they found.

Well, they promise the website technical hitches will be solved by the end of November.  Fingers crossed!

If you’re in the same or similar boat as me and uncertain about your Affordable Care Act options, I hope the free info sessions by ABC Library will be helpful.  If you go, let us know how useful it was in the comments box below!

–Tania


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New Mexico Tax Holiday Friday through Sunday

August 4, 2010 by  
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See our latest New Mexico Tax Holiday post for information on the 2013 tax holiday.

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A reminder that the 2010 New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday starts this Friday, August 6, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 8.  We posted about this last week, but if you missed it, here’s the recap.

During the tax holiday weekend, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which makes back-to-school shopping even more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from gross receipts tax during the tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • Desktop, laptop, or notebook computers priced less than $1,000
  • Other computer hardware priced less than $500 (such as a printer, mouse, keyboard, monitor, microphone, speakers etc.)
  • School supplies priced less than $15 per unit
  • School backpacks, bookbags, handheld calculators priced less than $100 per unit

Note that phones, PDAs, handheld computers/email/internet devices, MP3 players, books, games including video games, office furniture, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.)

Get more details on what’s taxable and nontaxable in the PDF file on the NM Gross Receipts Tax Holiday page.

Since Albuquerque’s gross receipts tax rate is 7%, you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Retailers across the city will be participating, but if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2010 Tax Holiday, please ask before you begin shopping.

–Tania

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New Mexico Tax Holiday 2010

July 28, 2010 by  
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See our latest New Mexico Tax Holiday post for information on the 2013 tax holiday.

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This year’s New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday starts on Friday, August 6, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 8, 2010. During this time, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which makes back-to-school shopping even more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, the following items are exempt from gross receipts tax during the tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • Desktop, laptop, or notebook computers priced less than $1,000
  • Other computer hardware priced less than $500 (such as a printer, mouse, keyboard, monitor, microphone, speakers etc.)
  • School supplies priced less than $15 per unit
  • School backpacks, bookbags, handheld calculators priced less than $100 per unit

Note that phones, PDAs, handheld computers/email/internet devices, MP3 players, books, games including video games, office furniture, and musical instruments are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.)

Get more details on what’s taxable and nontaxable in the PDF file on the NM Gross Receipts Tax Holiday page.

Since Albuquerque’s gross receipts tax rate is 7%, you can save $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a big shopping saving, just by buying on the right weekend.

Hence we’re giving you the heads-up: If you’re planning a remote camping trip to the mountains, DON’T do it on the weekend of August 6 to 8, 2010!

Retailers across the city will be participating, but if you have any doubts about what is or is not included in the 2010 Tax Holiday, please ask before you begin shopping.

–Tania

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Tax Holiday Friday through Sunday

August 6, 2009 by  
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Just a reminder that the 2009 Gross Receipts Tax Holiday begins Friday, August 7, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 9. During this time, you will not be charged sales tax on a wide variety of items, which makes back-to-school shopping even more affordable!

As with any legislation, the rules are somewhat complex. Basically, you can avoid paying sales tax on the following items:

  • Clothing or shoes priced less than $100 per unit
  • Desktop, laptop, or notebook computers priced less than $1,000
  • Other computer hardware priced less than $500 (such as printers)
  • School supplies priced less than $15 per unit
  • School backpacks priced less than $100 per unit

Note that cell phones, PDAs, and toupées (!) are specifically excluded. (That is, these items are taxable.) Get the complete list of non-taxable items here.

Since Albuquerque’s gross receipts tax rate is nearly 7%, you can save up to $70 on the purchase of a $1,000 laptop computer. That’s pretty substantial! Another example might be a family with four kids, each requiring $250 worth of clothing, shoes, and school supplies. They also would save about $70 by not paying sales tax. That’s a lotta box lunches.

Retailers across the city will be participating, but if you have any doubts about whether a specific store is participating, please ask before you begin shopping.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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CHEAP FAMILY CONCERT & DANCE PERFORMANCE

March 24, 2009 by  
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It’s a bit past St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t let that stop you. Here’s an affordable opportunity to take the whole family to a concert of traditional Irish music.

Beoga and Gráda will be performing Friday, March 27, at 8:00pm at the South Broadway Cultural Center. They’ll be joined onstage by performers from the Tri Conaill Academy of Irish Dance New Mexico. The performance is sponsored in part by Culture Ireland.

The inexpensive tickets are just $5.50 for adults and $3 for children (though the SBCC website doesn’t specify an age range for children’s pricing). And that’s for reserved seating! Call 848-1320 for tickets. Major credit cards accepted.

The South Broadway Cultural Center is located at 1025 Broadway SE, Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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