By Peninsula Daily News staff
and The Associated Press
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■ Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce — Twice-monthly luncheon meetings are held on the first and third Mondays at noon in the second-floor meeting room of the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St.
This Monday's luncheon will be a chamber business meeting focusing on recognition of departing two-term president Brian Kuh and departing board members, and a welcome to incoming president Todd Ortloff, board members and the new executive committee.
Also, the monthly business awards and the annual President's Award and Member Extraordinaire award will be announced.
Tickets for the luncheon are $15 and can be purchased from the meeting room cashier.
For those not having lunch, there is a $3 participation fee that includes a beverage.
■ Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce — Weekly luncheon meetings are held Mondays at noon at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St.
This Monday's program will feature Peter Schrappen, governmental affairs director of the Seattle-based Northwest Marine Trade Association.
The meeting sponsor will be United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County.
■ Forks Chamber of Commerce — Luncheon meetings are Wednesdays at noon at JT's Sweet Stuffs, 80 N. Forks Ave.
Meetings on the first Wednesday of the month are reserved for discussion of chamber business.
This month's meeting was postponed until Jan. 8 because of last Wednesday's Jan. 1 holiday.
Lunch costs $8; a bowl of soup, $4.75; and a cup of soup, $4. The entree is enchiladas.
■ Port Angeles Business Association — Breakfast meetings normally are Tuesdays at
7:30 a.m. at Joshua's Restaurant, 113 DelGuzzi Drive, Port Angeles.
The featured speaker for this Tuesday's meeting will be Tim Smith, interim executive director of the Clallam County Economic Development Council.
There is a $3 minimum charge by Joshua's for those who do not order breakfast.
Tax workshop on tap for business owners Jan. 14
PORT ANGELES — The state Department of Revenue is hosting a free workshop for merchants and small-business owners from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The workshop will be in the Clallam Transit System conference room, 830 W. Lauridsen Blvd.
Participants will learn about state excise taxes, reporting classifications, deductions, tax incentives, sales tax collection and record-keeping requirements.
Those attending will receive a workbook and reference guide to tax rules and regulations.
To register, go to www.dor.wa.gov or phone 360-417-9900.
PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Marine Resources Committee will meet Monday, Jan. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The meeting will be at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., via the entrance behind the bus shelter on Fourth Street.
An agenda will be available at www.clallam.net/ccmrc prior to the meeting.
Sports license plates
OLYMPIA — Specialized license plates for Seattle Seahawks and Sounders fans went on sale last week, and football fans were especially eager.
The state Department of Licensing said 1,810 Seahawks plates had been issued by about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, along with 148 Sounders plates.
The plates feature the 12th Man flag for the Seahawks and a team scarf for Sounders FC.
Licensing officials said demand will determine how many plates will be made.
Proceeds will benefit three nonprofit groups.
Tax return processing delayed to Jan. 31
WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service said it will begin processing 2013 tax returns on Jan. 31, 10 days later than it had originally planned, due to delays caused by the 16-day partial government shutdown this fall.
The opening date for the 2014 tax season is one day later than last year's opening, which was late due to Congressional tax law changes in January, the IRS said in a news release.
The IRS noted that year-end tax planning information has been added to IRS.gov.
It encouraged taxpayers to use e-file or Free File as the fastest way to receive refunds.
It said that many software companies are expected to begin accepting tax returns in January and hold those returns until the IRS systems open on Jan. 31.