Tax Day is just about here, as April 17, 2018 quickly approaches. While filing taxes is never a super enjoyable task, it is something we all must do. Great Plains Communications wants to make the process a little easier for you, with a few online tool options.
You can find the TurboTax Federal Free Edition software online to file your 1040 EZ and 1040A federal returns as well as your state returns. While the federal filing is free, state might cost extra. The software is very user friendly, as you can either upload your W-2 as a file or even snap a photo and TurboTax will auto-fill the right fields.
Using H&R Block’s Free File program, you will be able to file both federal and state tax returns for free. If you have used another software in the past and are looking to switch to H&R Block, you are able to import tax returns from any competing software, upload tax documents and start filing.
Through a Q&A format, you can file your 1040EZ and 1040A federal returns, as well as your state returns for free through TaxAct. However, importing past year’s returns will cost an extra $5. They have both a desktop and online version of their software.
Choosing the right tax filing software depends on your specific needs. Luckily there are many options available and you can file from the comfort of your home with the convenience of online programs.
Easter weekend is almost upon us and we are all about some spring sweets. We have looked to our cable channel, Food Network and found some of our favorite sweet treats that the whole family is sure to enjoy.
Viv’s No-Bake Easter Egg Cheesecakes
This is a fun way to celebrate not only the Easter holiday, but play on April Fools a little as well. These cheesecakes are simple to make without any baking needed and will be sure to entertain with their cheeky presentation.
How to Decorate Little Lamb and Chick Cupcakes
Talk about a fun activity for the kids this weekend! Prep the candies and bake the cupcakes ahead of time and let their creativity shine with these cute creations.
Springtime Strawberry Cobbler
Many of us travel during the Easter holiday weekend, visiting family and gathering around the table. This Springtime Strawberry Cobbler is not only delicious but very simple to make ahead of time. Not a strawberry fan? Feel free to get creative with the fruit choice, maybe even mix a couple together!
It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week and Great Plains Communications wants to remind you of some important tips and procedures to help keep you and your loved ones safe during severe weather situations.
We provide local Weather on Channel 2 through GPC Weather, bringing you 24/7 access to up-to-date information. GPC Weather tracks things at the national and local level via advanced satellite imaging along with the five-day forecast.
One of the most important factors to severe weather safety is understanding and receiving up-to-date warnings. Are you in a Watch or Warning, and what does that mean for you?
A watch is just that, when the conditions are favorable for the development of severe weather and should continue to be tracked. At this time, it would be best to take precautions and make sure you have supplies prepared should bad weather arise.
When a warning is issued, severe weather is either occurring or impending. At this point, you should immediately take action to protect yourself, your family and your property.
To keep you updated, GPC-TV’s Weather on Channel 2 uses an easy to understand color guide alert in the case of severe weather. The feature will shift the general color of the channel to yellow if there is a watch issued in the area, and to red if there is a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning.
You must be a Great Plains Communications Cable subscriber to have access to GPC Weather on Channel 2. Check the GPC-TV website for a list of communities with GPC Weather availability. If you would like to sign-up or have additional questions, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, and a representative would be happy to help you.
How is your bracket doing? This NCAA tournament has been one for the books, with the University of Maryland Baltimore County (No. 16 seed) beating Virginia (No. 1 seed) to multiple powerhouse teams being knocked off in the opening weekend. It should be an interesting fight to the finish to see who will win it all. We have included the schedule for the next couple days below all in Central Time.
6:07 p.m. Nevada vs. Loyola Chicago (CBS)
6:27 p.m. Michigan vs. Texas A&M (TBS)
8:37 p.m. Kentucky vs. Kansas State (CBS)
8:59 p.m. Gonzaga vs. Florida State (TBS)
6:07 p.m. Kansas vs. Clemson (CBS)
6:27 p.m. Villanova vs. West Virginia (TBS)
8:37 p.m. Duke vs. Syracuse (CBS)
8:59 p.m. Purdue vs. Texas Tech (TBS)
If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about the services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.
Spring is here! And it snowed on the drive to work this morning. Well, we are in Nebraska. So, if it doesn’t feel like spring, what about today makes us welcome the new season rain, snow or shine? Great Plains Communications has looked to our cable channel, History Channel for some clarity.
On March 20 or 21 of each year, we experience the vernal equinox, which ultimately signals the start of spring for the Northern Hemisphere. So, what is an equinox you ask? As we know, the Earth orbits the sun and tilts at an angle on its axis, then throughout the year different areas get sunlight for different amounts of time. “An equinox occurs at the moment when the Earth’s axis doesn’t tilt toward or away from the sun,” the History Channel explains. “Someone standing on the equator on an equinox can observe the sun passing directly overhead.” Six months after the spring equinox, a second equinox occurs each year around September 22 or 23 in the Southern Hemisphere. Equinoxes are the only times a year that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west for every location.
This Saturday, March 17, the color green will flourish throughout communities as people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Often thought as a drinking holiday accompanied by corned beef and cabbage, Great Plains Communications is here to share some of our favorite recipes that step outside those guidelines a bit. Provided by our cable channel, Food Network, we have found recipes that the whole family can enjoy this festive weekend.
Green Pancakes and Hash
This recipe is a fun and creative way to hide some vegetables in the pancakes for the kids. They will love the bright green color and not think twice about the healthy ingredient behind the magic.
Easy Irish Grilled Cheese
Another way to use that green to your advantage, as you could substitute spinach for some of the herbs in this beautiful grilled cheese. It will be delicious and deceivingly healthy.
Rachael’s 30 Minute Shepherd’s Pie
If you are looking for something other than corned beef and cabbage this holiday, this 30 Minute Shepherd’s Pie could be just the warm and comforting recipe you’re looking for. The ground beef and vegetables combined with the gravy pair great with the creamy mashed potatoes on top. Plus, if you are cooking for a crowd, this is an easy recipe to adjust to the size pan you need.
We are excited to announce that our new account management system, SmartHub is now live!
This smart, fast and convenient system allows you to:
View and pay your bill
Report service issues
Contact us about services or promotions
To access SmartHub, either log-on to gpcom.smarthub.coop or download the free app from the iOS or Android app store. This allows you to manage your account at home and on the go!
Below we have included the tutorials for how to install the app on both an Android and iOS phone. You can find our full listing of video tutorials here on our website. If you have any additional questions, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and one of our representatives would be happy to assist you.
The madness is just around the corner, the NCAA® March Madness® that is. Who will you have going all the way? Selection Sunday is this weekend and the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will officially announce which 68 teams qualify for the tournament. You can catch the March Madness Selection Show on TBS this Sunday at 5 PM CT.
When Does It Start and Where Can I Watch? The first play-in games start Tuesday, March 13 and the first full day will be Thursday, March 15. The channels that will air the games are CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV. Cable subscribers can also go to the NCAA’s March Madness Live site or use the March Madness Live app to stream all the games for free. March Madness Live is available for iOS and Android devices, as well as Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, and Xbox One. However, if you are not a current cable subscriber, you will only have a three-hour preview.
If you are not currently a Great Plains Communications cable customer and would like to learn about what services we offer in your area, please call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.
It’s hard to believe with the amount of recent snowfall that spring is just around the corner. Soon we will be planting flowers rather than shoveling the driveway; but aside from beautiful flowers it is also a time for cleaning things out. Great Plains Communications wants to remind you that while you are clearing out your closets and cabinets, your electronics could probably use some cleaning as well.
Has your documents folder become the junk drawer of your computer? Or worse yet, is it your desktop that is cluttered with untouched files circa 2015? You don’t notice until your once fleeting load time has become more of a bathroom break between tasks. We have some specific steps and programs to consider when starting the process of spring cleaning your computer or tablet.
Erase Unwanted Files
Get rid of those research papers from college, articles you were meaning to read a year ago, and any pictures you could keep on a USB flash drive. By deleting files, you clear up storage space, making it easier and faster for your computer to find information.
By not keeping your software up-to-date, you aren’t allowing it to be the best version of itself. Skipping multiple updates will cause your loading times to increase rapidly and also make you more vulnerable to malware. Make sure to keep not only your software updated, but also your virus protection. For computers with built-in virus protection, sit back and relax while your software update does all the work for you.
Defrag Hard Drive
Defragmentation is simply speeding up read times on the hard drive, by moving sequential data physically close together so that it doesn’t have to search the entire drive to find specific data. One way to do this is with Great Plains Communications’ Tech Home. With Tech Home, you are provided with world-class security for all devices, home and on the go, while also having access to 24/7 tech support. If you would like to find more information on the Tech Home services, go to http://www.gpcom.com/residential/internet/tech-home-device-protection or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.
There are multiple ways to increase performance speeds on your computer, but take the time this season to find which ways work best for you.