The SARPC Employment and Economic Development Services Department (EEDS) is responsible for programs that promote Workforce Development and the economy of the SARPC Region. Programs include:

  • Small Business Revolving Loan Fund
  • Older Worker Program
  • Mature Staffing Services
  • Annual Jobs Fair and Business Expo
  • Advocacy on workforce and economic development issues

 

The Small Business Revolving Loan Fund provides financing for small and medium size businesses that will create jobs through new business startup or expansions.   Loan proceeds may be used to finance land, building, equipment and working capital. Low interest rates and attractive terms are available to borrowers for projects that will create new jobs. DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE

The Older Worker Program provides part time employment and on the job training for unemployed, low income individuals 55 and older through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Participants earn while training and working at host agencies. Host Agencies are government offices or 501 C-3 Non-profit Organizations. Funding for the Older Worker Program comes from the Alabama Department of Senior Services and the US Department of Labor.

Mature Staffing Services (MSS) is a local program that hires and provides part-time temporary and seasonal employees to SARPC’s member governments and public agencies in the region. This SARPC Employment and Economic Development Services Department has operated the Mature Staffing Services since 1999. MSS employees may be any age with a “mature work ethic”.

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SARPC’s Annual Jobs Fair and Business Expo is the largest and oldest Job Fair in the region. First held in 1998, the event regularly attracts over 3000 job seekers and 90 to 120 employers and training providers. Seminars on Interviewing Skills, Resume Development and other Job Search topics are part of the event.

SARPC’s Employment and Economic Development Services Department provides support and advocacy for Economic Development and Workforce organizations and issues in the region. The SARPC EEDS regularly partners with the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council, the One Stop Career Centers, Workforce Development Boards and area Chambers of Commerce.

For more information on the workforce and economic development programs, contact Terri Pringle, Director of Employment and Economic Development Services at tpringle@sarpc.org or call 251-652-0585.

 

IRS Information and Twitter Feeds:

@IRSnews August 7 – August 14 Feeds

@IRSnews August 15 – August 21 Feeds

@IRSenEspanol August 7 – August 14 Feeds

@IRSenEspanol August 15 – August 21 Feeds

Twitter feeds from @IRS News and @IRS en Espanol. Please retweet some of the messages to your followers. Here are a few of the recent small business tweets:

o   Are you a #bigrig trucker? efile #IRS Form2290 by 8/31 & stay on the road. http://irs.gov/truckers 

o   Get the basics of starting a business on http://IRS.gov  @ the Small Business and Self-Employed #Tax Center. https://go.usa.gov/xRPJ8 

o   People who do not pay tax through #withholding should generally pay estimated #tax. #IRS #IRSTaxTip http://go.usa.gov/xRWWK 

o   Growing your #smallbiz? Hiring 10 types of workers could result in an #IRS #tax credit! http://www.irs.gov/smallbiz pic.twitter.com/SmDsicUT1j

o   Good recordkeeping is makes managing a #restaurant easier. Check these #IRS tips: http://www.IRS.gov/restaurants pic.twitter.com/uGEYRN2J8S

o   #IRS tip for #HurricanePrep: Review emergency plans annually.  tips: https://go.usa.gov/x5e3Q  #Tornado #Hurricane #Floodpic.twitter.com/lyDBmaj6tM

o   Use an app to rent a room or give rides? That’s the #Sharing Economy! http://www.irs.gov/sharingeconomy pic.twitter.com/GQy1CIgid4

o   Can’t pay #taxes? The #IRS online payment agreement with direct debit payments has the lowest fee option: http://www.irs.gov/opa 

o   #IRSTaxTip: #IRS offers self-help #tax tools. http://go.usa.gov/xRPJZ 

o   New feature on http://IRS.gov  simplifies getting an #IRS #tax transcript online. http://go.usa.gov/xNV7t 

o   Remote attacks find weaknesses in security settings to access info, see http://irs.gov/securitysummit . #IRS #DontTaketheBait

o   Telltale sign of a #SCAM: #IRS won’t raise personal issues, like a #tax bill, thru email, text or any social media. http://go.usa.gov/xXBNn 

o   #IRSTaxTip: A few steps can protect you against #IDtheft online and at home. https://go.usa.gov/xRPJW 

 

Flyer – September Disaster Webcasts

Flyer – Alabama September 12 virtual Small Business Forum

 

Bi-Weekly Outreach Update ending August 18, 2017

 

News Releases

(8/18/17) IR-2017-131 IRS Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee for the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division – The Internal Revenue Service is seeking applications for vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). The committee provides a venue for public input on relevant areas of tax administration.

(8/15/17) IR-2017-130 Don’t Take the Bait, Step 6: Watch Out for the W-2 Email Scam – The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today urged tax professionals and businesses to beware of a recent increase in email scams targeting employee Forms W-2.

(8/10/17) IR-2017-129 IRS Reminds Truckers: For Most, Highway Use Tax Return Is Due Aug. 31; E-file Is a Convenient Filing Option — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that, in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017.

(8/8/17) IR-2017-128 IRS Begins Issuing Notices to Taxpayers whose ITINs Expire by End of 2017 – The Internal Revenue Service began mailing letters this month to more than 1 million taxpayers with expiring Individual Taxpayer ‎Identification Numbers and urges recipients to renew them as quickly as possible to avoid tax refund and processing delays.

(8/8/17) IR-2017-127 Don’t Take the Bait, Step 5: Prevent Remote Access Takeover Attacks – The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today reminded tax professionals that their entire digital network could be at risk for remote takeover by cybercriminals.

Current Tax Tips

(8/18/17) Summertime Tax Tip 2017-21 Know Your Taxpayer Bill of Rights – Every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights and the IRS has an obligation to protect them. The “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” groups the taxpayer rights found in the tax code into 10 categories. Know these rights when interacting with the IRS. A good way to learn about them is by reading Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer.

(8/16/17) Summertime Tax Tip 2017-20 Moving Expenses May Be Deductible – Taxpayers may be able to deduct certain expenses of moving to a new home because they started or changed job locations. Use Form 3903, Moving Expenses, to claim the moving expense deduction when filing a federal tax return.

(8/14/17) Summertime Tax Tip 2017-19 Be Alert to Scammers Who Pose as the IRS – Scammers pretending to be from the IRS continue to target taxpayers. These scams take many different forms. Among the most common are phone calls and fake emails. Thieves use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try and steal money from taxpayers. Identity theft can also happen with such scams.

(8/11/17) Summertime Tax Tip 2017-18 Starting a Business This Summer? Here’s Four Tax Tips – If summer plans include starting a business, be sure to visit IRS.gov. The IRS website has answers to questions on payroll and income taxes, credits and deductions plus more.

(8/9/17) Summertime Tax Tip 2017-17 IRS Offers Self-Help Tax Tools – Want to know how to file a tax return for free or the fastest way to check on a refund? Finding answers to those and other tax questions is only a few key strokes away.

(8/7/17) Summertime Tax Tip 2017-16 Eight Tips to Protect Taxpayers from Identity Theft – Identity theft happens when someone steals personal information for financial gain. Tax-related identity theft happens when someone uses another person’s stolen Social Security number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN) to file a tax return to obtain a fraudulent refund.

Video Tax Tips
Videos are hosted on the IRS YouTube channel – You can watch short, informative videos in English, American Sign Language and other languages.

Tax Center of the Week
Entertainment Tax Center
The links on this page provide information such as tax tips and trends and statistics for the Entertainment industry.

Small Business Tax Workshops
Tax workshops are offered in coordination with our partnering organizations. IRS provides small business material for the workshops. For the dates, times, locations and topics, please refer to IRS.gov – Alabama Tax Workshops, Meetings and SeminarsIf your organization offers tax workshops, we can advertise your events at no cost if you agree to use and/or distribute IRS material. Our goal is to make the workshops available to the widest possible audience. 

Webinars

 

Legislative Actions
(8/20/17) Notice 2017-44 (.pdf) provides model amendments to add bifurcated distribution options to defined benefit plans