On the surface, it looked like a clear-cut case of identity theft and tax fraud. A Memphis woman uses a popular income tax filing software system to file her taxes, but she is blocked from completing the process because the system shows that her taxes have already been filed. Immediately, she believes that tax fraud villains have stolen her identity and refund.
Later, a painful possibility comes to light: She, herself, authorized a tax preparer and short-term lending office to electronically file her taxes.
"I am a tax-preparer myself," said Marcia Bonds of Memphis. "So why would I go and pay someone else to file my taxes? I work for a tax office."
Even as businesses grow and expand, there is a never-ending need to connect with customers. One way to assist in that outreach is the strategic use of commercials.
When I first started a business in Memphis I used the services of Spotlight Productions to create my website and my very first commercial. The result was incredible for a new business. Over the years, Spotlight Productions – co-founded by Fabian Matthews – has become a major player in the video, commercial and web arena. This week Matthews shares his journey.
Carlee McCullough: Tell us about yourself.
Fabian Matthews: I'm a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. I'm married, with 2 kids, Darion and Mia. I've won 3 Emmy Awards and 8 Telly Awards. My First job in TV was at KAIT in Jonesboro and then WMC-TV in Memphis. I started Spotlight Productions in 1999 with Isaac Singleton and Craten Armmer.
Many people file for Social Security as soon as they stop working and/or become eligible for benefits. Full retirement age is 66 for most baby boomers and 67 for those born in 1960 or later, but Americans can claim early worker benefits starting at age 62.
The monthly benefit increases with claiming age by up to 8 percent a year, so filing early could cause you to lose out on thousands of dollars in benefits, especially if you enjoy a long life.
Consider this hypothetical example:
Paul could receive an annual benefit of about $15,400 if he files at age 62, $20,500 if he files at age 66 (full retirement age), or $27,100 if he waits until age 70.
American humorist and social commentator Will Rogers once observed that we in America have the best government money can buy. I think he was right, and so did the Supreme Court.
Reporter and author William Grieder makes much the same argument when he points out in "Who Will Tell the People" that the distinctions between politicians of differing stripes are not nearly as pronounced as we might think. According to Grieder, they all have two things in common: constituencies and customers.
Constituencies elect them and customers finance them. Both theorists (Rogers and Grieder) would also probably agree with Abraham Lincoln that you can fool some of the people all the time; and you can fool all of the people some of the time; but (thank God) you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Romance should not be placed on the shelf until Valentine's Day. At times, relationships need spice and many are lost on where to begin the process. HiHeelz Concierge Service provides ideas and direction for those in need. Customers need only to bring their sweetheart and have the confidence to pull off the evening.
Part 2 of our look at the Business of Romance continues with the completion of our conversation with Dennette Smith-Ross, the founder and owner of HiHeelz Concierge Service.
Carlee McCullough: What is the greatest reward in running your own business?
Dennette Smith-Ross: I control my own destiny and work/life balance. I am doing what I am passionate about. I feel pride in building something of my own, but most of all I connect with my clients.
(BlackNews.com) – As the economy rebounds, many companies across the country are hiring new employees. In fact, the unemployment rate continues to drop, and even for minorities the numbers are getting better. Hundreds of companies even have aggressive diversity recruiting programs for jobs and internships. This means that they are specifically looking to hire African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and women.
FindInternships.com, an online directory of jobs and internships, has compiled a list of the top 10 companies looking to hire minorities in 2014. Here they are:
There are many excuses for why the sizzle has dwindled in a relationship, such as:
"I'm too busy working and I'm tired!"
"We have kids now!"
"I have gained too much weight to be sexy!"
"We have been married for 20 years, they know how I feel!"
"I gave them some money to go shopping!"
No matter the excuse, the solution is Dennette Smith-Ross of HiHeelz Concierge Service.