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”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 251-652-0585.
(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.
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 Seminars. If 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.
- August 30, 2017 – Reporting of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts on the Electronic FBAR
- Multiple September Dates – National Preparedness Month Webcasts (see flyer)
- September 7, 2017 – Understanding S Corporations Part II – Shareholder Stock Basis and Debt Basis (Session 1)
- September 7, 2017 – Understanding S Corporations Part II – Shareholder Stock Basis and Debt Basis (Session 2 – closed captioned)
- September 12, 2017 – Alabama Virtual Small Business Forum (see flyer)
Job Fair Information:
(8/20/17) Notice 2017-44 (.pdf) provides model amendments to add bifurcated distribution options to defined benefit plans