Business Tax Filing
Things You Can Do and Learn
U.S. Government Web Sites
is the first president of the Internet Age; Vice President Gore
has moved the U.S. government on-line. Government web sites make
information and services available at the touch of a button, helping
Americans keep in touch with their government and making government
work better for people. Here are 20 examples. There are many more.
House Press Release (November 8, 1999)
- Get tips
on choosing a health plan, a doctor, a course of treatment, or
a long-term care facility from the Department
of Health and Human Service's Healthfinder service. Healthfinder
also provides information on the latest health research, different
illnesses, and a host of medical resources designed to help families
parents, and students can access lessons and educational materials
on any topic at the Department
of Education's new Gateway to Educational Materials. The Gateway
makes finding materials on the Internet easy by connecting users
to over 140 web sites.
- Start your
own business with help from the Small
Business Administration, which offers everything from loans
to outreach initiatives for women and minority-owned businesses.
The site also provides e-mail counseling and mentoring, online
educational courses, and a database of federal, state and private
contracts available to small firms.
yourself and your children from environmental hazards by finding
out about drinking water quality, toxic and air releases, and
hazardous waste in your neighborhood by signing on to the Environmental
Protection Agency's Enviromapper site. You can also find out
about water discharge permits and Superfund sites.
- Find your
dream job through America's Job
Bank, on the Department of Labor's web page. America's Job
Bank features on-line resumes posted by more than 1.3 million
job seekers, and job listings by nearly 1.4 million employers.
- Is it possible
that you or someone you know may be owed pension benefits without
knowing it? The Pension Benefit
Guaranty Corporation reunites people with missing pensions,
and features an online Pension Search Directory that allows you
to find benefits that may be owed to you.
- Learn how
to get health insurance for your children through the Children's
Health Insurance Program. CHIP's web page offers state-specific
information on who is eligible and how to enroll to make sure
children grow up healthy.
- Begin planning
for retirement by computing your estimated Social Security benefits
online at the Social Security Administration.
SSA's home page also provides information on obtaining a Social
Security number as well as information for employers on reporting
from across the Federal government joined forces to provide Federal
Resources for Academic Excellence, which makes hundreds of
education resources available on the web for teachers, students,
or parents. Subjects range from an architectural tour of the National
Gallery of Art's East Building to a mutual fund cost calculator
from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Buy your
first home with help from the Department
of Housing and Urban Development. HUD's web page provides
a comprehensive homebuyer's kit, complete with searchable databases
of HUD homes for sale, condominiums and developments approved
for FHA financing, and HUD approved lenders.
hassle and find needed forms on the web: finance a college education
with financial aid forms available from the Department
of Education; find tax forms (and have your tax questions
answered) from the Treasury Department;
or online housing discrimination forms from the Department
of Housing and Urban Development.
- Learn food
safety and handling tips, proper cooking temperature for food,
and how to test to see if your kitchen is safe from foodborne
illness from the Department
- Find a
fuel-efficient car with help from the Department
- Kids, parents
and coaches can get tips from the U.S. Women's Soccer Team (and
other experts) on good reasons not to smoke -- like, not being
able to run down the soccer field -- on the Smoke-Free
Kids web site.
about online trading? Learn how to invest wisely and avoid fraud
on the Internet from the Securities
and Exchange Commission.
- Plan your
trip abroad, download a passport application, get travel tips,
and find out where it's unsafe to travel from the State
Department. The State Department also provides country-specific
- Find help
after a natural disaster from the Federal
Emergency Management Agency. FEMA's web site provides information
on where to find temporary shelters, crisis counseling, or legal
counseling. FEMA also provides help in applying for assistance
for help in rebuilding your home. In addition, FEMA is changing
the way America deals with disasters. Project Impact helps communities
protect themselves from the devastating effects of natural disasters
by taking actions that dramatically reduce disruption and loss.
- Find the
Veterans Medical Center nearest you, and find out what benefits
you may qualify for, with help from the Department
of Veterans Affairs.
- Learn about
your Medicare benefits, get information about nursing homes in
your area, or report suspected Medicare fraud through the Health
Care Financing Administration's web page. HCFA also provides
an on-line version of the Medicare & You 2000 handbook.
- Learn how
you can pay back student loans and volunteer in your community
through the Corporation for National