January 2 , 2007
Volume IV, No. 16
ISVMA Announces Sales Tax Seminar Dates and Locations
Illinois' new sales tax rules unofficially went into effect on January 1, 2007. The rules will be considered by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules before formal adoption. However, for the purpose of audit enforcement, the Illinois Department of Revenue is using the rules agreed to by ISVMA after more than two years of negotiations.
In order to explain the new rules and how they impact your practice, ISVMA is setting up a series of seminars that will give you the information you need to be compliant and minimize your administrative burdens. These seminars will be offered in each ISVMA Region and we strongly recommend that your practice is represented.
The seminars will be conducted by ISVMA tax consultants from J.D. Michael, LLC. Mike Scaduto and Joe Bartletti have worked closely with ISVMA for the past 2 1/2 years and their expertise and guidance helped bring an end to the confusing, complicated and inconsistent application of sales tax in veterinary practices.
Each practice will be limited to sending no more than three (3) people and we encourage you to consider sending from among the following: practice owner, bookkeeper and/or accountant.
We ask that you pre-register for this meeting by filling out the registration form at http://www.isvma.org/events/2007_tax_seminars.html or by contacting the ISVMA at (217) 523-8387. Space is limited at each meeting location and registrations will be processed first come - first served. If we exceed the room space at any location the onsite registration will be closed.
The cost for registration for this seminar is $200 per practice (for up to three people). The registration fees will generate revenue to pay our consultants who have worked for 2 1/2 years on this project and would not bill ISVMA until we successfully resolved our issues with the sales tax collection and audit procedures.
The seminar schedule is:
Update Your Calendars -- ISVMA Regional Meeting Schedule
Kankakee Valley VMA Meeting
WHEN: April 11, 2007
WHERE: Joliet Junior College - Weitendorf Agriculture & Horticultural Center, 17840 West Lavaway Road (off Rt. 53 south of I-80)
TIME: Registration 3:30 - 4 p.m.; Program I from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.; Business Meeting & Dinner 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.; Program II from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m..
TOPIC: Animal Behavior Topics - including Puppy/Kitten Training and Feline House Soiling
SPEAKER: John Ciribassi, DVM, diplomate ACVB
CONTACT: by April 4, 2007 Dr. John Ehrhardt, PO Box 134, McNabb, IL 61335; (815) 882-2000; email@example.com.
Mississippi Valley VMA 103rd Annual Meeting
WHEN: March 7 & 8, 2007
WHERE: The Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria, IL
A copy of the Mississippi Valley VMA 103rd Annual Meeting program and registration form is available online at http://www.isvma.org/about_us/region4.html.
Get Ready for the Winter Gala!
The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association's Winter Gala is quickly approaching. So mark your calendar for Saturday, January 20. The 2007 event will be held at Petterino's Restaurant, 150 North Dearborn Street, in the heart of Chicago's theatre district.
For the first time, the CVMA is offering two options for attending the Gala:
Either way, it will be a night to remember! To register for the Gala, please contact the CVMA office at (630) 325-4043.
About the Photo in This Issue...
The Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is one of the most widespread and commonly observed birds of prey in North America. It occupies a broad range of habitats from central Alaska south to Panama and east to the Virgin Islands. Breeding behavior, summer food habits, and habitat use have been well documented in many of these regions, but the taxonomic status of some populations remains unclear. The species is highly variable across its range, and up to 16 subspecies are recognized by various authorities. Races are usually distinguished by ventral coloration, tail markings, and/or size, but there is no clear geographic trend in any of these characters. Some populations are polymorphic in ventral coloration, ranging from nearly white to nearly black, and extensive intergradation among adjacent subspecies complicates taxonomic relationships.
Generally monogamous, this species initiates courtship and maintains the pair bond with spectacular aerial maneuvers performed by both members of a pair. The acrobatics are often accompanied by sharp, shrill cries by one or both mates and courtship feeding by the male. Throughout its range, the Red-tailed Hawk inhabits open areas interspersed with patches of trees or structurally similar features. It is primarily a sit-and-wait predator and generally requires elevated perch sites for hunting. Its diet includes a wide variety of small to medium sized mammals, birds, and snakes, with occasional insects and fresh carrion. Populations are increasing in much of North America, apparently in response to the widespread establishment of open, wooded parkland in place of grassland or dense forest.
I photographed this adult, rufous-phased (Western) Red-tailed Hawk near Geneseo, IL on December 21, 2006. This subspecies is uncommon in Illinois and it strikingly beautiful! I have a personal goal of seeing a Red-tailed Hawk in 49 of the 50 United States (Hawaii is not within its range). I've already seen this ubiquitous species in 31 states!
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