New Smartphone App Lets You Check Tax Refund Status

New Smartphone App Lets You Check Tax Refund Status
The IRS unveiled a new smartphone app Monday that will allow taxpayers to check the status of their tax refunds and get other information about their tax returns.

Investigators: Clay County Fire Started in Kitchen

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- The Red Cross is assisting a Clay County family after their house caught fire.

The Clay County Fire Rescue Department says just after 4 p.m. Saturday the communications center received multiple calls about a house fire on the 100 block of Evergreen Lane.

Rescue workers searched the house, and no one was inside at the time of the fire.

Officials believe the fire was accidental, and started in the kitchen.



Extreme Makeover Build Comes to Clay County

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The television show "Extreme Makeover" is part of a community effort in Clay County to build a home for a deserving family.

Construction on the home is set to begin on Jan. 27. The location and name of the family will be released next week.

"It is not just the build. There are truly thousands of people involved from general spectators to volunteers," said Randy Long, a local builder helping direct the project.

Long said there is still a need for skilled labor like carpenters, plumbers, roofers and electricians. 

The around-the-clock construction project is a challenge logistically said Long who has visited other Extreme Makeover sites to get ideas.

Today, there will be a community rally to help build a strong construction team for the project. The gathering will be held at Christ's Church located at 5900 U.S. 17 South in Fleming Island.

Clay County Deputy Arrested for Grand Theft

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- For the second straight day, a law enforcement officer on the First Coast has been arrested.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Chris Robbins was terminated from his employment following his arrest for grand theft.

Robbins, a 15-year veteran, is accused of being paid for off-duty work he did not provide.

Investigators began looking into Robbins' off-duty work in September and concluded there were eight days for which Oakleaf Amenities paid Robbins for security work, though he did not work, between then and December.

The report indicates he earned $1,104 over that time.

Additionally, the investigation revealed Robbins was paid for nine more days between December 2009 and September 2010, yet again did not work. He was paid $1,242 for those days.

TurboTax Unveils Mobile App to File Taxes on Smartphone

You can make a restaurant reservation, check your bank balance, and shop online with your smartphone, and now you may be able to do your taxes, too.

Today, Intuit's TurboTax will release SnapTax, a new mobile application that allows taxpayers who file a 1040EZ to prepare and file their federal and state income taxes on their smartphones. Customers can download the app for free, but will have to pay $14.99 to file their tax returns.

The app uses optical character recognition technology to fill out users' tax returns. Once users take a picture of their W-2s with their smartphones, the app will automatically transfer information to the relevant lines on Form 1040EZ. After customers answer a few questions, they'll have an opportunity to check the return for accuracy before they file.

Like traditional tax preparation software, the app will display the amount of the refund. The process should take 15 to 30 minutes, says Bob Meighan, vice president of TurboTax.

Think Twice Before Starting Your Car and Heading Back Inside

Think Twice Before Starting Your Car and Heading Back Inside

According to JSO, "per Florida State Statute it is ILLEGAL to leave your vehicle unattended without stopping the engine and removing the key.  It is against the law."

316.1975 - Unattended motor vehicle.

A person driving or in charge of any motor vehicle may not permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, and removing the key. A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in chapter 318.

Family Fights Against Time to Get Their Son Medical Help

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A First Coast family is struggling financially to give their son the medical attention he needs.  After two brain surgeries, Brayden Wendorff is having unexplained strokes.

The 6-year-old was diagnosed with Chiari malformation in 2010.  It is a condition that restricts fluid from flowing from his spine to his brain.  Two brain surgeries have eased that problem, but have added a new risk.

"If he falls and hits the back of his head, because his derma is cut in half and there's a graph there, it could bust and he'd be gone," said his mother Amanda Wendorff.

She's now focused on her son's latest health concern.  He recently had a stroke and doctors tell her he has another blood clot forming, which could cause another stroke.